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Hi,

I dont quite know where to place this thread.. We live in lovely cca 70m2 flat in one of those 400y old wooden houses. We have 3xstaircase, big terrace where I am growing nearly all possible plants , lake view from bedroom and garden.. but my boyfriend had an accident in mountains on Sunday and broke both his legs, just waiting for the surgery next week and at the moment I cant quite imagine how could he possibly be able to move around our "barier-full" flat... and even if it was eventually ok for him, right now the roof of our house is being exchanged, so he wont have much peace during the day...
Would anybody have any suggestion? As a friend called it, we should get a "summer residence" (with lift and shower) but considering how difficult it is to find even a long term flat in Zurich, I cant see any company renting for us for 3 months (doctors estimation of time without work). I had an idea, that maybe switching flats with somebody who would like to try something different, but there the ongoing construction is bit of an obstacle and I dont even know where should I look for somebody.. And I also need to write my disertation now, so it should have office...

Thank you very much for any suggestions you would have!

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Re: strange flat situation

Try getting in touch with your landlord. Considering all that's going on in your and your boyfriend's lives, he (the landlord) may be able to offer a solution.
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Re: strange flat situation

Poor you! When you are ready to move you should ask for help from English Forum. I think you and your BF need a break. No pun intended.

Good luck! ( I'll come with my TWO strong sons...) ( one timer guys.....so please no rush of requests..)
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Re: strange flat situation

Another thought. Your boyfriend shall most probably go into a Rehabilitation center for the first month. Then, you might consider renting an Air-BNB with an elevator for the next 1-2 months. Personally, I would simply make paschall ( spelling??) offer for the two month period. I could imagine some BnB operators would be glad to have such a longer term rental.

www.airbnb.com

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http://www.homegate.ch/rent/holiday-rentals
( can't see the prices..)


Of course, if you are a student, I could imagine the costs are a factor....do talk to your landlord. Perhaps he/she has another property. Good luck to you!
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Re: strange flat situation

You could call these guys to ask if they have any suggestions:

http://www.spitexzh.ch/
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Re: strange flat situation

Sorry to hear about your boyfriend's accident. I think that your boyfriend could be entitled to go to a convalescent home to recover. This should be discussed with the doctor.

Spitex can offer care at home but this is absolutely not the same thing as a convalescent home. You should contact them so you know what they can do.
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Try getting in touch with your landlord. Considering all that's going on in your and your boyfriend's lives, he (the landlord) may be able to offer a solution.
The landlord might be sympathetic but it is not the landlord's problem and hopefully with a full recovery the boyfriend will be able to manage. This would be the only issue I would discuss with the landlord, and while it is still early days, the question is whether long term this type of living situation will work. I had an accident as well so I know all about not being able to manage in one's home. Be glad you are renting and not owners, as we were.

In your shoes I would look at your lease termination notice periods keeping in mind the potential long term implications of your boyfriend's accident. This is the discussion I would have with the landlord, whether there would be some consideration given to an early termination of the lease without penalty.
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Re: strange flat situation

Sorry to hear about your boyfriend's accident. I hope he is at least comfortable for the time being.
Anyway the other thing to do would be to have a word with your Dr.
I had some fairly major orthopedic surgery a few years ago and the Dr was able to send someone out to our house (also rented) to look at the possible adaptations that could be made so I could cope better when I got home.
The Dr approved the adaptations and a professional company then came in to fit hand rails, set up a shower chair, etc. Obviously we approved things like drilling with the landlord, and repaired all the damage when we left the property.
I was also offered a lot of post op support by Spitex and a physio who came daily to our home.
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You should check with your accident insurance.
If you are lucky, your boyfriend's employer has a private accident insurance which gives very good conditions.
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Re: strange flat situation

You may actually find that the doctors are keen to send your boyfriend to a convalescent centre for a few weeks, especially if you make the point that your home is unsuitable. That would be paid by his accident insurance, so it would be worthwhile asking them if they could pay for alternative accommodation instead where you wouldn't need so much support, and therefore might be cheaper overall.
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Re: strange flat situation

you could find a room or apartment of students that leave for the summer and want to rent out the apartment in the summer months.
Otherwise make some offers to people on airbnb or even coachsurfing.
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You may actually find that the doctors are keen to send your boyfriend to a convalescent centre for a few weeks, especially if you make the point that your home is unsuitable. That would be paid by his accident insurance, so it would be worthwhile asking them if they could pay for alternative accommodation instead where you wouldn't need so much support, and therefore might be cheaper overall.
+1 for this. Before stressing out trying to find a new place, see what the insurance can do for rehab. Best-case scenario is as Ace describes, where your boyfriend gets to recover at an accessible center paid for by insurance, while you stay in your flat for the same amount you were already paying. Not great to be apart of course, but if it's the best option for him physically and for both of you financially, why not? Good luck, that sounds like a terrible accident and a lot of pain!
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Re: strange flat situation

Wow how awful- lots of good suggestions already- but here is another possibility- how about renting a large mobile home with no stairs, on a good quality campsite perhaps? Bonne chance.
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Re: strange flat situation

Is your BF as pro-active as you are, broken legs and all? The thankless position of a caregiver could lend you in difficult times - having to juggle more responsibilities with less finances, overstressed because you have to be at work and take BF to appointments, etc. Just so you see how "wonderful" being a female caregiver (unless you are in a same-sex partenrship) is, check out the ongoing thread - is he one of those who look down on women and think they deserve it all at the expense of others?
Do women belong in Science?

Good luck with everything! In my experience, to talk with anybody you have to have a power of attorney or Swiss equivalent. Local language knowledge is a definite plus. You both, but mostly him, especially if you don't have the same insurances, etc., have to ask, ask, ask until you get the answers needed, AND the necessary help. All the best, and speedy recovery.
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Re: strange flat situation

I would speak to the accident insurance, I am sure they have to cover any costs including loss of earnings. I can't see the landlord picking up the tab for anything.
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Re: strange flat situation

You are all absolutely wonderfull!

Thank you very much for all the suggestion. We are working on it and taking in account all the options.. discussing with hospital, insurance, landlord and also checking what is at the moment for rent as our bathroom and corridors are really tiny and I dont think it would be possible to do much adjustmens there.

If you can still think of something else we will be happy to hear form you.

Have a nice evening.
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Re: strange flat situation

When you say that your place has tiny hallways and bathroom - the logistics of accommodating a wheelchair come to mind. I mean, no problems if he will use crutches, but should he be in a wheelchair for a while, short term or long, you two need to find a solution for getting around the apt/house.

I don't know if it holds true here, but in some countries Red Cross rents out equipment with a doctor's prescription. Should you buy your own, you can always donate it to Red Cross or other organization.
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