The bathroom can be a complex space when looking to create an accessible, easy access design. Not only do trip hazards and tiled flooring pose a risk to disabled users, but quite often their limited mobility can call a number of alterations to be made. For an easy access solution to bathing, a walk in bath or shower is the ideal choice. Take a look at our top tips for designing an easy access bathroom.
What Makes a Bathroom Accessible?
The most important thing to avoid when designing an accessible bathroom is making it look like a hospital. No disabled or elderly person wishes for their own home to look like a ward, so it is important to listen to the people involved and ensure you follow their preferences. At Bathtime Mobility we work closely with all those involved to ensure we design a disabled access bathroom everyone can enjoy.
In some cases were the user has very limited mobility, safety must be paramount over design. Whilst tiled flooring is practical for cleaning, it can often be extremely slippery when wet. A non-slip vinyl surface is one of the most popular choices used as it is easy to clean and safe for the user. Vinyl flooring is available in a number of attractive colours, so the design doesn’t have to come last.
Wetrooms are a great design choice for a wheelchair user, as there are no obstacles on the floor to limit access. A wetroom or walk in shower is easily installed in most homes, providing a comfortable and accessible bathing solution for those with limited mobility. A seat for a more comfortable bathing experience can be added along with handrails for safety. A walk in shower can be customised to meet the needs of the person in question, and how much aid they have on a daily basis.
Walk in baths had a reputation a few years ago for being ugly, poorly designed and distressingly hospital-like. This however, is no longer the case. There are many new designs on the market offering those with limited mobility the opportunity to enjoy a bath in the comfort of their own home. Featuring an easy access door, a walk in bath gives users back their freedom and privacy.
Reasons To Purchase Walk In Baths
- No climbing – For the elderly, those with limited mobility or, with hip and knee problems, climbing over the lip of the bath to wash can be painful, awkward, dangerous and often impossible. A quick splash in the sink is no substitute for a good, hot bath, and with walk-in baths, your comfort is ensured.
- Higher seating position – Even once you have managed to get into a standard bath, you will still need to climb out. Whilst handrails can be fitted for improved safety, this does not solve the problem when climbing out of the tub. Most walk-in baths include seating which is at a higher level than the bottom of a bath, making it easier for the user to get out of the bath when drained.
- Independence – If there are no carers with you on a daily basis, or you prefer to bathe without help, walk-in baths can be pivotal in giving you back the freedom you have been used to. With a walk in bath, you will be able to run the water and get into a bath all by yourself, giving you back your privacy and independence.
Why Choose Bathtime Mobility?
If you’re sick of struggling with the bathroom, or care for someone who would prefer to be able to get into the tub without assistance, talk to one of our expert advisors at Bathtime Mobility. Try out our walk in baths and bath lifts at our showroom in Henley-on-Thames or arrange for a home visit. Please call 0800 29 22 110 today.