An amputee Grenadier Guard has commissioned a new accessible wet room sourced and installed by Motionspot Ltd, a company specialising in beautiful home renovations to support independence for disabled people.
Guardsman Scott Blaney stepped on an IED whilst on a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan. The injuries he sustained in the explosion resulted in the amputation of his right leg and he also suffered shrapnel damage to his right arm and eye.
On his return home Scott found he could no longer use the bathroom in his home in Nuneaton. Scott, who uses a prosthetic leg and has since trained as a Paralympic golfer and completed a cross-channel swim, said getting in and out of the bath was more difficult than any of his sporting achievements. The existing bath and shower arrangement was inaccessible, and this meant Scott required additional support both when showering and in other areas of the bathroom but wished to return to the independent lifestyle he enjoyed before his injury.
Motion was established after its co-founder James Taylor became paralysed as a result of a diving accident and like Scott, required additional support in the home. James found that the products used to adapt his flat in London were neither accessible nor attractive, so he and friend Ed Warner set out to provide an alternative. Scott contacted Motion for advice about creating an accessible wet room which would meet his needs without resembling a hospital or care home.
Motion organised an occupational therapy home assessment for Scott which was conducted by a therapist from the OT Practice which delivers advice for Motion customers nationwide. The occupational therapist was able to assess Scott’s needs and recommend solutions from Motion’s comprehensive product range, providing Scott with the support and independence he required with a contemporary finish to reflect his personal taste.
As well as offering occupational therapy advice, Motion provided a trusted installation team to carry out all installation work on Scott’s wet room, from the removal and disposal of the old bathroom to plumbing, lighting, tiling and decoration.
Founder Ed Warner strongly believes seeking the right advice and installation is vital to achieving a high quality accessible bathroom renovation.
‘One of most important conclusions of hosting regular feedback sessions our customers was the importance of fitting a product in the right place and in the right way’, he said. ‘We’re particularly proud of Scott’s wet room, which provides all the necessary support but also looks stunning and has been fitted to last’.
Since the project was completed in February, Scott has been enjoying using the new wet room.
‘It’s made such a difference; it’s just so much easier to use the shower now’, he said. ‘The fit and finish is superb. Motion has done a great job’.
With further products in the pipeline, Motion is expanding to provide accessible solutions across the home as well as in the bathroom. For more information please visit www.motionspot.co.uk
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