86-year-old went three weeks without a shower

86-year-old went three weeks without a shower

86-year-old went three weeks without a shower

First published in News

AN 86-year-old went more than three weeks without a shower while waiting for Golden Gates Housing Trust to refurbish her bathroom.

Doris Winshap, of Avery Close, Orford, had to wait for more than 21 days for the work to be finished in her bungalow after her family say she was initially told it would take fitters eight to 10 days to complete the job.

Her granddaughter Lyndsey Trantum said: “They decided to upgrade the bathroom and fit in a wet room.

“But she ended up going for three weeks without having a shower and all she has been able to have is a flannel wash.

“I think it’s shocking.

“Her floor was only laid last Wednesday but it was bare before that.

“The shower was fitted last week as well but she still couldn’t use it because it wasn’t water tight.

“There was one week were they turned up at the beginning of the week one morning then didn’t come back until the following Tuesday.”

And due to Doris’ inability to walk up the stairs her family could not even come to her aid.

“I live in a terrace and she just is not able to get up the stairs to my bathroom and my mum lives in a third floor flat so its the same problem there for her to come to anyone else for a shower,” added Lyndsey.

A spokesman from Golden Gates Housing Trust said: “We are sorry to hear that our tenant is unhappy about the length of time taken to install her new wet room.

"Due to the extensive nature of the work required, our contractor’s resident liaison officer had notified the tenant that this would take a total of 13 working days and that while every effort would be made to provide access to a toilet and wash hand basin during the work, full bathing or showering facilities would not be available.

“Having investigated it appears that on this occasion work actually took 14 working days. We can confirm that all work has now been completed and signed off by the tenant.”

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6:50am Wed 16 Jul 14

Cheap Mower says...

But she's getting it all done for free!
But she's getting it all done for free! Cheap Mower
  • Score: -13

9:15am Wed 16 Jul 14

ellie6925 says...

Cheap Mower wrote:
But she's getting it all done for free!
Bit of a cheap comment there buddy...this lady has most likely worked most of her adult life so why shouldn't she get something for nothing...are you saying that you wouldn't moan that u can't have a bath or shower for 3 weeks coz your gettin something for nothing? Dont bloody think so.
[quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: But she's getting it all done for free![/p][/quote]Bit of a cheap comment there buddy...this lady has most likely worked most of her adult life so why shouldn't she get something for nothing...are you saying that you wouldn't moan that u can't have a bath or shower for 3 weeks coz your gettin something for nothing? Dont bloody think so. ellie6925
  • Score: 12

9:36am Wed 16 Jul 14

grey_man says...

Cheap Mower wrote:
But she's getting it all done for free!
Why shouldn't she?
[quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: But she's getting it all done for free![/p][/quote]Why shouldn't she? grey_man
  • Score: 7

9:47am Wed 16 Jul 14

ian6991 says...

Don't see why the age of the person makes this story any more shocking.
Don't see why the age of the person makes this story any more shocking. ian6991
  • Score: -8

10:02am Wed 16 Jul 14

Brick Bazooka says...

And what was stopping the Granddaughter or other family from inviting her into their homes to shower?

3 weeks isn't a long time to wait for a free bathroom upgrade. I don't see any wrongdoing by GGHT here.
And what was stopping the Granddaughter or other family from inviting her into their homes to shower? 3 weeks isn't a long time to wait for a free bathroom upgrade. I don't see any wrongdoing by GGHT here. Brick Bazooka
  • Score: -6

1:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

richiepooh says...

I think GGHT are a scurge profiteering on vulnerable, but even I cannot say this is unreasonable. They are there to maintain the property, its up to the individual to maintain and make accommodation for their own personal hygiene. Since she is not in sheltered housing or care we can only assume she is of reasonable mind. Her family
"And due to Doris’ inability to walk up the stairs her family could not even come to her aid."
Doesn't cut it.. there are swimming baths, gyms, public areas where showers are possible. she could be helped up stairs, sounds like her family are bone idle scroungers trying to make a case to me.
I think GGHT are a scurge profiteering on vulnerable, but even I cannot say this is unreasonable. They are there to maintain the property, its up to the individual to maintain and make accommodation for their own personal hygiene. Since she is not in sheltered housing or care we can only assume she is of reasonable mind. Her family "And due to Doris’ inability to walk up the stairs her family could not even come to her aid." Doesn't cut it.. there are swimming baths, gyms, public areas where showers are possible. she could be helped up stairs, sounds like her family are bone idle scroungers trying to make a case to me. richiepooh
  • Score: -4

2:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

I am Oliver Cromwell says...

Use Her Grandaughters shower-bath , Simples eek.
Use Her Grandaughters shower-bath , Simples eek. I am Oliver Cromwell
  • Score: -2

3:41pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HappyMisery says...

I really wish people would read the full story before commenting. She couldnt use the families amenities because she's disabled and cannot climb stairs. Her daughter lives in a 3rd floor flat and her granddaughters bathroom is upstairs. Its all in the article.
I really wish people would read the full story before commenting. She couldnt use the families amenities because she's disabled and cannot climb stairs. Her daughter lives in a 3rd floor flat and her granddaughters bathroom is upstairs. Its all in the article. HappyMisery
  • Score: 10

4:12pm Thu 17 Jul 14

brunosmum says...

A lot of granny bashers on here, do you think you'll never get old or something? Well, you're in for a shock - nasty people !
A lot of granny bashers on here, do you think you'll never get old or something? Well, you're in for a shock - nasty people ! brunosmum
  • Score: 9

4:49pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Loopylyndsey2005 says...

ellie6925 wrote:
Cheap Mower wrote:
But she's getting it all done for free!
Bit of a cheap comment there buddy...this lady has most likely worked most of her adult life so why shouldn't she get something for nothing...are you saying that you wouldn't moan that u can't have a bath or shower for 3 weeks coz your gettin something for nothing? Dont bloody think so.
Yes this women worked all her life in a very demanding hospital. Causing her to be disabled in the first place!!!! And paid rent!!!! So yes why shouldn't she!
[quote][p][bold]ellie6925[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: But she's getting it all done for free![/p][/quote]Bit of a cheap comment there buddy...this lady has most likely worked most of her adult life so why shouldn't she get something for nothing...are you saying that you wouldn't moan that u can't have a bath or shower for 3 weeks coz your gettin something for nothing? Dont bloody think so.[/p][/quote]Yes this women worked all her life in a very demanding hospital. Causing her to be disabled in the first place!!!! And paid rent!!!! So yes why shouldn't she! Loopylyndsey2005
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Loopylyndsey2005 says...

ian6991 wrote:
Don't see why the age of the person makes this story any more shocking.
Wait till you get old!
[quote][p][bold]ian6991[/bold] wrote: Don't see why the age of the person makes this story any more shocking.[/p][/quote]Wait till you get old! Loopylyndsey2005
  • Score: 2

4:51pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Loopylyndsey2005 says...

Brick Bazooka wrote:
And what was stopping the Granddaughter or other family from inviting her into their homes to shower?

3 weeks isn't a long time to wait for a free bathroom upgrade. I don't see any wrongdoing by GGHT here.
Read the story again you will see that all her family live in houses. !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Brick Bazooka[/bold] wrote: And what was stopping the Granddaughter or other family from inviting her into their homes to shower? 3 weeks isn't a long time to wait for a free bathroom upgrade. I don't see any wrongdoing by GGHT here.[/p][/quote]Read the story again you will see that all her family live in houses. !!!!! Loopylyndsey2005
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Loopylyndsey2005 says...

richiepooh wrote:
I think GGHT are a scurge profiteering on vulnerable, but even I cannot say this is unreasonable. They are there to maintain the property, its up to the individual to maintain and make accommodation for their own personal hygiene. Since she is not in sheltered housing or care we can only assume she is of reasonable mind. Her family
"And due to Doris’ inability to walk up the stairs her family could not even come to her aid."
Doesn't cut it.. there are swimming baths, gyms, public areas where showers are possible. she could be helped up stairs, sounds like her family are bone idle scroungers trying to make a case to me.
What terrible comment!!!! Her family do everything possible!!!! Have you tried to get an elderly LADY with walking difficulties and in terrible pain with knee joints from working hard all her life!!! to a swimming pool area lately !!!! I think not!!
[quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: I think GGHT are a scurge profiteering on vulnerable, but even I cannot say this is unreasonable. They are there to maintain the property, its up to the individual to maintain and make accommodation for their own personal hygiene. Since she is not in sheltered housing or care we can only assume she is of reasonable mind. Her family "And due to Doris’ inability to walk up the stairs her family could not even come to her aid." Doesn't cut it.. there are swimming baths, gyms, public areas where showers are possible. she could be helped up stairs, sounds like her family are bone idle scroungers trying to make a case to me.[/p][/quote]What terrible comment!!!! Her family do everything possible!!!! Have you tried to get an elderly LADY with walking difficulties and in terrible pain with knee joints from working hard all her life!!! to a swimming pool area lately !!!! I think not!! Loopylyndsey2005
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Thu 17 Jul 14

tojahejome says...

I feel sorry for the lady, but couldn't one of her children or grand children take her to theirs to have a shower.
I feel sorry for the lady, but couldn't one of her children or grand children take her to theirs to have a shower. tojahejome
  • Score: 0

9:39pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Loopylyndsey2005 says...

tojahejome wrote:
I feel sorry for the lady, but couldn't one of her children or grand children take her to theirs to have a shower.
Like the story says, unable to climb the stairs every possible thing was thought of believe me.
[quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: I feel sorry for the lady, but couldn't one of her children or grand children take her to theirs to have a shower.[/p][/quote]Like the story says, unable to climb the stairs every possible thing was thought of believe me. Loopylyndsey2005
  • Score: 1

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