A Quick Guide to Disabled Bathrooms
For many elderly and less able people, bathing becomes a chore rather than the relaxing experience that most people enjoy. It can be a struggle to bathe comfortably and safely if you experience lessened mobility, and by continuing to struggle you are putting yourself at risk from slips, trips or falls. Perhaps a good solution to consider are disabled bathrooms.
There may be a variety of features available to make your bathroom an easy access disabled bathroom. This is all down to you as the user, and what features you require to suit your needs. The ideal disabled bathroom may not be the same for everyone, so make sure to look at a variety of options, ask around and choose carefully.
An obvious choice for some to have in disabled bathrooms would be a walk in bath. There are a variety of walk in baths, from compact ones to walk in bath showers and more, but they all have one thing in common. They all have a door of some kind that the user is able to open and step into the bath over the low access entry point. Walk in baths also have a variety of features for the comfort and safety of the user.
Some people would prefer the alternative to walk in baths in their disabled bathrooms, and instead choose to have a bath lift. These are designed to fit in a conventional bath tub, and gently raise and lower you as you wish. There are three main types of bath lifts that are available, so if you are interested in owning a bath lift for your disabled bathroom, you should research into each type to find which is most suitable for your needs as the user.
A transfer bath bench can be used for disabled bathrooms to ease the transfer into the bath for those that would struggle otherwise. This is useful for those with an shower overhead of their bath, as you can seat yourself on the bath transfer bench whilst showering and not struggle to stand back up to get out of the bath when you have finished bathing.
If you would prefer a shower to a bath, then an easy access shower, also known as a walk in shower, is an ideal solution for you. These usually come with a low access entry tray, or possibly even a level access entry tray. Level access entry trays are also useful for wheelchair users. As with walk in baths, they have a variety of features that put the comfort and ease bath into your bathing whilst using them. Some easy access showers may come with a choice of full height or half height doors. Half height doors are most useful if you require a carer to help you bathe.
A shower seat is an advisable option alongside a walk in shower if you struggle with your mobility. Some easy access showers may come fitted including a shower seat, but there are a wide range of shower seats available if yours doesn’t, or if you need a little support in your current, conventional shower. These vary from corner shower seats to height adjustable seats and even swivelling shower seats, as well as a whole range more. Again, you would need to review your own needs to find the most suitable for yourself in your disabled bathroom.
To help support you when bathing, there are grab rails available for use in your disabled bathrooms. Again, these may come included with a walk in bath or easy access shower, but are also available to be bought separately. Some grab rails use suction to attach to the wall, which means they are also a portable option. But remember that grab rails are meant to support your balance, not to take your full weight when holding on to them.
A wet room is a good example of a fully disabled bathroom. This is because the whole room is level entry, with a graduated draining system. There are no need for shower trays or any other obstruction, giving wheelchair users to have full access to use the room.
In summary, you can see there are a wide range of options if you need to convert your current bathroom into a disabled bathroom. Remember to review all of your options before making a final decision, as it is not a decision you should easily rush into.