DISABLED Kevin McKie has not been able to have a bath in seven weeks – after a hoist he had used for 18 years was removed for health and safety reasons.
The 46-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, relied on the hoist and help from care workers to get into his bath.
But Stoke-on-Trent City Council has removed it after a care worker noticed Kevin’s feet were catching on a radiator and an occupational therapist (OT) deemed that it was unsafe.
The OT recommended a wet room be installed in Kevin’s Bradeley bungalow – but he has been told this could take up to 12 months.
This means Kevin is unable to use the bath, and has instead had to undergo strip washes from his care workers.
Kevin and his family are unhappy at this situation and believe it could have been handled better by the council.
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Kevin, of Edward Davies Road, said: “I’m just so hacked off about this now. I have great care workers, so if they think there’s a health and safety problem that’s fair enough.
“But when the OT told me it could take 12 months for the wet room to be installed I couldn’t believe it. I asked him if that meant I’d have to wait a year to have a bath.
“I’m normally quite a happy person but this has been a really difficult situation. This is about my personal hygiene.”
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