Creating a safe bathroom atmosphere should not be reliant upon a user’s infirmity, but should be a common concern for everyone. Of course, if you have elderly or disabled loved ones in your home then it is more likely to bring that point into focus for you.
Perhaps with the exception of the kitchen, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in your home, with the most common injury being simply slipping and falling. Walk In Baths remove a huge percentage of the danger from the most deadly area of your bathroom, your bath itself.
Falling in the bathroom can be a damaging experience, not only physically, but also mentally, as it can weaken the person’s sense of self-sufficiency or independence, particularly if they are used to be being physically-fit, or wholly self-reliant.
Creating The Safest Bathroom That You Can
- Deciding On Your Bath – With the bath being one of the most accident-causing features of a home. It’s no surprise that the amount of bathtubs geared towards the elderly, the infirm or those who prefer a safe and secure method of bathing, has grown over the past few years.Now available with, or without, seats or lifts and with the optional addition of either a whirlpool or a hydrotherapy spa feature, walk in baths have never been safer or more effective in providing an enjoyable, safe bathing experience for any user.
- Slippery Surfaces – Wherever there might be a mixture of water, soap and shampoo, there will always be the risk of a slippery surface. But when combined with the smooth, un-textured tiles many bathrooms use as flooring, the risk is increased a hundredfold. Ensuring that your bathroom has non-slip mats on the floor and adhesive strips on areas such as the rim of the sink can mean the difference between falling and not falling.
- Organisation – Partial Sight, or arthritis which affects the person’s flexibility, can make finding specific items, like shampoos, soaps or cleaning products, much more difficult than it needs to be. Simply by positioning necessary toiletries in simple, easy to reach places as standard, you can ensure that someone has no difficulty in finding them and has a much lower risk of injuring themselves whilst looking for them.
- Fixtures And Fittings – Most taps are not designed for people with weak hands, or illnesses which affect their strength or grip. By installing ‘paddle’ style taps, instead of twisting taps or buttons, you ensure that the disabled or elderly person has no issues in using the features of your bathroom.
- Safety Measures – By introducing safety hand bars, you are providing an extra place for someone to grip onto when they move, thereby decreasing the chance of a serious fall. A panic cord, or even a telephone, in the bathroom can alert you in the event of someone falling over, or if they need aid. Consider where the optimum place to put them would be, and ensure that they can be reached from any positions you think it likely that someone might get stuck.
Walk in baths provide other benefits than simply security, as do all of these features. By making the bathing experience as easy and safe as possible, you are ensuring that the disabled or elderly person has to stress over their experiences in the bathroom much less, and you will find this lack of stress can improve health generally and make it much easier for the person to enjoy a much more satisfying sleep.
Making Your Bathroom Safe With Walk In Baths
At Bathtime Mobility, we are dedicated to making certain that our customers have positive experiences in their bathrooms, secure in the knowledge that they are safe. We specialise in ensuring that your bathroom is a relaxing spot, and that the independence of the elderly or the infirm is not likely to suffer thanks to the latest designs of walk in baths.
For more information, to request our free colour brochure or for a free home survey on how to increase the safety of your bathroom for elderly or disabled loved ones, visit our website, call us on 0800 292 2110 or use our online contact form.