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    Is there such a thing? My apartment does not have one. It would be really nice to find one with a roll in shower.

    #2
    I bought a one bedroom flat and spent about $10000 making it accessible. It was reasonably close to being accessible to begin with (which is why I bought it) but I still had to knock out a wall , change the flooring etc.

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      #3
      Originally posted by lurch View Post
      I bought a one bedroom flat and spent about $10000 making it accessible. It was reasonably close to being accessible to begin with (which is why I bought it) but I still had to knock out a wall , change the flooring etc.
      I'm not looking to buy right now. My apartment is ok but no roll in shower.

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        #4
        Had a friend who lived in a senior housing complex and they installed a roll in shower for her at no cost to her. The place was in the process of remodeling to make some barrier-free units at the place. They also installed a power door and ADA toilet and sink and countertop. Kitchen had lower countertops. If and when you are looking for housing you may want to look at "senior residences", especially new ones. (Thank ADA). They are generally for age 55+, however my understanding is that a disabled person can rent if they are below that age.

        I'm sure some folks would be squeamish about living in a senior place, but it can beat trying to find accessible housing elsewhere.
        If you look into this in your area, hope you share your findings, positive or negative, with CC.

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          #5
          None in my area. Mine has a walk in shower, but has a lip of several inches.

          Slightly off topic, but my previous apartment was carpeted. My chair destroyed the carpet. When I asked to have it replaced, I asked if wood/laminate was an option. They said yes, but the additional cost would be at my expense. I declined, as I did not want to invest in a property I didn't own. Good thing, since I no longer live there. If you intend to stay there, might that be an option?

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            #6
            I have seen a few in California, in new builds of course. My sister actually lived in one in the Sacramento area about 20 years ago for a few months while deciding to buy a home. She didn't request it, but it was the only apt. they had available. I have also seen them in some Section 8 apt. complexes in the San Diego area. I have had clients who got permission to put one into a rental they intended to stay in for some time, of course with the landlord's permission, and at their own expense.

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              Thanks for all of the info.

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                #8
                Moved into a ground floor garden apt last year in NJ, but not before the LL removed the tub and replaced it with a "BathFitters" made 1/4 inch lip shower stall. As long as it was per ADA the LL foot the bill. I submit that it was done well: neat, crisp, no caulk mess job and the product is durable, easy to maintain.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post
                  Is there such a thing? My apartment does not have one. It would be really nice to find one with a roll in shower.

                  Newer units or properties have them and more senior complexes have them.

                  Check around most cities have grants and if the property owner agrees it can be modified and paid right to the company doing the modification.

                  Look for center for aging in your city for grant information and direction.

                  If done right its a win for the owner as universal design is more rentable.

                  Depending on your step not being to tall you can by ramping if you have room.

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                    #10
                    Having moved nearby you in the Clearwater area recently, I did a lot of research on ADA apartments and had a lot of frustrating conversations. In this area the only units I could find with roll in showers were for those who qualify for public housing. From the many apartments I talked to they follow ADA requirements but do not make modifications or install handrails, roll under sinks, etc. Instead the cost falls solely on the individual needing the accommodation and you must also pay to return it to its original state when you leave. I am originally from Minnesota and had fully accessible apartments there with hand rails, raised toilets, and roll in showers for the past 7 years and did not realize the experience is different depending on location!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Kristopher View Post
                      Having moved nearby you in the Clearwater area recently, I did a lot of research on ADA apartments and had a lot of frustrating conversations. In this area the only units I could find with roll in showers were for those who qualify for public housing. From the many apartments I talked to they follow ADA requirements but do not make modifications or install handrails, roll under sinks, etc. Instead the cost falls solely on the individual needing the accommodation and you must also pay to return it to its original state when you leave. I am originally from Minnesota and had fully accessible apartments there with hand rails, raised toilets, and roll in showers for the past 7 years and did not realize the experience is different depending on location!
                      Very interested in this topic of accessible rentals. I'm wondering if you lived in relatively new housing in MN, that is, after passage of the ADA - perhaps the builder was required to have accessible units.
                      Just wondering if you checked new housing in Clearwater.

                      Also, if disabled tenant is employed, I believe one can still deduct 'disability related expenses' from tax return (No, not under "medical").

                      You mentioned that you found LL would require tenant doing modifications to return unit to original condition upon leaving - perhaps LL stated that for scare purposes? Can't imagine that holding up in court.

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                        #12
                        You mentioned that you found LL would require tenant doing modifications to return unit to original condition upon leaving - perhaps LL stated that for scare purposes? Can't imagine that holding up in court.
                        Unfortunately that is quite common in California too. And it is legal.

                        When I was working at the VA we often discharged active duty SCI/D patients to military housing. At one time they would remodel bathrooms to put in a roll-in shower and other modifications needed (at the military's expense), but amazingly, rip all that out and put it back to it's previous inaccessible state when the service member moved elsewhere. Your and my tax dollars at work!!! Fortunately they stopped doing that a few years ago and then would only allow those service members who needed the roll-in shower to access these units.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          #13
                          That's bad.....! It's clear that a lot more needs to be done in regard to accessible housing, particularly apartments. In years past I heard of two very accessible apartment units that were advertising such, but got no tenants and then rented to non-disabled persons. It would be nice if there was some kind of exclusive data base for realtors to list such apartments showing photos, and available on the net for seekers.
                          From what I see now, most listings like this are not truly accessible - maybe a grab bar in the shower or tub, and a ramp that's not up to code.

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                            #14
                            Great LL because he is under no obligation to have the work done and or pay for it. He has to allow you to get it done and it is on you to pay for it and as has been said could require you to put it back like it was if he allowed you to have it done and you paid for it. So again you have a great LL or maybe he thought he had too do it. Hard to know from here

                            Originally posted by Tim C. View Post
                            Moved into a ground floor garden apt last year in NJ, but not before the LL removed the tub and replaced it with a "BathFitters" made 1/4 inch lip shower stall. As long as it was per ADA the LL foot the bill. I submit that it was done well: neat, crisp, no caulk mess job and the product is durable, easy to maintain.

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                              #15
                              I am in a little town in NC and I had an apartment one time that had a roll in shower. I would say they are few and far between

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