Impey Showers announces scheme to award free wetroom adaptations

Converted bathroomA life-changing initiative designed to help some of those hardest hit by Government funding cuts has been extended into 2013. Impey Showers is appealing for entries to its ‘Impey Cares’ scheme which donates much needed healthcare showering facilities to people with mobility issues throughout the UK.

The leading wetroom supplier set up its Impey Cares campaign at the start of 2012 to represent the interests of disabled and elderly people, and to raise awareness of their increasingly difficult situation in the face of government spending cuts.

In its first year, Impey Cares attracted hundreds of applications and carried out five adaptions. These special wetroom makeovers have transformed the lives of the recipients and their carers. Due to this demand and success, Impey has decided to continue the scheme for another year.

According to official figures, over 11 million people in the UK have some form of disability causing reduced mobility, whilst one is six people, a total of 9.2 million people, are over the age of 65. The prevalence of disability also rises with age; currently 45 percent of adults over state pension age have a disability.

29 percent of UK households include someone with a long term illness or disability, but research indicates that only 44 percent of disabled people have bathrooms at entrance level. Disabled people are also twice as likely to live in poverty, meaning that the average cost of £4,250 to install a level access shower is simply not affordable for many who need one.

The Impey Cares initiative offers free wetroom adaptions to those who desperately need the vital work to be carried out but who have been refused funding through a Disabled Facilities Grant. Many people rely on this funding to assist with adapting their homes to suit their individual needs. Without this additional help, many people struggle with simple daily tasks such as taking a shower.

A typical Impey Cares project sees the installation of a level access shower and wetfloor, alongside Impey’s innovative bathroom products including Impey Freedom lifting shower doors, shower seats and Maxi-Grip Plus grab rails.

Samantha Scull (42), an arthritis suffer from Wiltshire, is among those who have already benefited from a new wetroom through Impey Cares. Samantha was refused full Disabled Facilities Grant funding because her husband Paul has a full-time job in a supermarket, and Samantha receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) because she is unable to work. A means-tested assessment concluded they would have to pay £14,000 towards the cost of any project – more than the work required would cost. With a mortgage and other general living expenses to cover each month, they had no spare cash to fund the work themselves.

Before receiving the new wetroom, Samantha’s situation had got so desperate that she had been living from her lounge – eating, sleeping and even washing there because she could not get upstairs. But now, thanks to the Impey Cares scheme, Samantha’s life has been transformed.

Nominations are open for adaptions to be carried out in 2013. Applications are invited from those with a mobility problem or disability, their carers or representatives from schools, charities and other not-for-profit organisations.

Alex Longden, Marketing Manager at Impey Showers, said: “Due to the success, feedback and findings of Impey Cares so far, in 2013, Impey Showers plan to take the stories of those disabled and vulnerable people to the Government to raise further awareness of how many people are suffering as result of funding cuts.

“Independent living is a basic human right, and we look forward to helping more people experience the life-changing difference a wetroom can bring.”

If you know someone that would benefit from FREE Impey Showers wetroom makeover, please visit www.impeycare.co.uk.

Follow the Impey Cares campaign online: Send us a tweet @impeycares; ‘Like’ us on Facebook.com/impeycares; and visit www.impeycare.co.uk to watch video interviews with those who have received a wetroom adaption and to nominate someone in need.

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