Janet (78) and Ron (81) live in Solihull and wanted to stay in their own home of 41 years. The thought of moving to a new home was simply “too much effort and not what they wanted?”. The prospect of moving was making Ron feel down.
Janet developed a neurological condition that has now been diagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. When Janet first developed symptoms she needed help with the stairs and using the bathroom, quite apart from the stress and fear involved in not knowing what was wrong and what the future held for them.
They have a daughter locally (visited 4-3 times a week) and one in Warrington (who travelled down on the train every weekend) and fortunately Janet’s brother lives next door. During this time Ron was exhausted and unable to cope.
So they employed over night carers at £250 per night to assist Janet’s 5-10 bathroom visits through the night. In total they spent £9,400 on carers.
Just before Janet was diagnosed and went on the medication for Parkinson’s they had a Bathroom in a Box fitted in a downstairs room with a toilet, shower and wash hand basin.