How Kate Garraway transformed her home for husband Derek Draper including a wet room and widened doors

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Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper has returned to their London family home after spending a year in hospital battling coronavirus.

And the Good Morning Britain presenter completely renovated the ground floor of their beautiful home to make it wheelchair-friendly for her 53-year-old former lobbyist husband.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain after Derek returned home, Kate revealed that her living room is now Derek's bedroom and it feels like the hospital has come home with her.

In the ITV documentary, Finding Derek, which aired last month, the Smooth Radio host revealed the plans, including a lift to the garden, widening doors and wet room, to make the house suitable for “ground-floor living”.

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The 53-year-old said: “We have got an occupational therapist that deals with the layout of a home – looking at putting in a wet room.”

“Basically ground-floor living so assuming he will either be on a stretcher or a wheelchair there is also trying to work out how to put a lift to the garden in.”

The documentary showed the outdoor decking area leading onto the garden as Kate suggested a ramp for Derek to access the lower half of the grass-covered garden.



Mum-of-two Kate was seen talking to the builder about the “specific guidelines for turning circles” for wheelchairs which needed to be taken into consideration.

However, Kate revealed the renovation plans were also a “nightmare” as the family did not have a “back on the house” as they approached a third national lockdown.

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Speaking during the renovations in a voiceover on the emotional documentary, Kate said: “There is a lot going on for all of us – emotionally and practically.”

Kate also enlisted the help of an occupational therapist to help measure the downstairs space to make the correct adjustments for Derek whether he returned in a wheelchair or stretcher.


Speaking to the occupational therapist, Kate said: “I can just imagine one of his goals is to be in his bedroom though.

“I was thinking I could sleep downstairs with him on like a put-me-up bed because I think that is important.”

Asked about the lack of “physical contact” after spending a year on a hospital ward, Kate added: “That is definitely what I feel and that must be so important to him because he is looking at the moment at people with masks on all the time – strangers with masks.”

The GMB star also gave a glimpse into her living room which had been transformed into Derek's new bedroom with a hospital bed.

"This room will be our bedroom. This is a hospital bed so we are just using it to sit on at the moment. This can be turned out and it will be able to be his bedroom."

Kate also showed viewers into the wet room which has been transformed from the garage area and featuring handrails for Derek.

"This is a door that went into the garage before and now it's our wet room. It's ready to use but also I am hoping still feels like home even though it's new because these are the sort of tiles that I know Derek loves."

Derek was first admitted into hospital in March 2020, and has only just returned home after his condition continued to get worse.

Kate, who previously considered leaving Good Morning Britain to care for Derek, opened up about the excruciating journey in a documentary on ITV.

The former GMTV host was left overwhelmed by the response as fans got tearful seeing first hand what she and her family have been through.

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