It goes without saying that many of us take our bathrooms for granted. To an extent, that’s fair enough – we go in, do what we need to do and then leave until next time; purposed served. But what about those of us who require that extra bit of assistance in the bathroom?
Many elderly people and those who suffer from a disability that severely hinders their ability to manoeuvre about commonly endure bathroom struggles that others would perhaps be completely oblivious to.
Fortunately, there are ways to help improve the bathroom experience for the elderly and disabled both on a large and small scale. Here are five recommendations from The Bath House:
Walk-in shower enclosure
Removing all awkward shower trays and preventable trip hazards that may not have been considered, walk-in showers are the most spacious option and completely eliminate the feeling of being cramped when showering. That is exactly the kind of freedom that an elderly or a disabled person needs in the bathroom.
It’s possible to go even further with a walk-in shower enclosure and fully convert your bathroom into a wet room so the only thing that distinguishes the shower from everything else is a shower screen. Adequate ventilation, tiling and, most importantly, waterproofing are essential for an effective wet room style bathroom which again allows for that crucial sense of freedom.
These are very useful little bathroom accessories and well worth investing in for their practicality. Hand rails can be fitted anywhere: beside the toilet, in the shower enclosure or along the wall, all providing extra support for the elderly and disabled in controlling their balance and potentially even saving lives if a rail is grabbed to prevent a fall. Just be wary to avoid fitting these backing onto pipes.
Positioned between two hand rails for extra support, bidets are a unique bathroom addition, particularly for the elderly and those with mobility issues in regaining some independence when using the toilet which is a huge boost for self-esteem. Many modern bidets even come with a warm dry air option so everything is taken care of once you’ve been to the toilet.
Natural light cannot be bought but it can certainly be utilised to great effect in a bathroom designed to accommodate the elderly and disabled. Large mirrors are especially effective at bouncing light around the room, creating that all-important clean, spacious feel and, if you’re a fan of painted bathroom walls, silk paint is the best option for reflecting light without appearing too harsh.
Hopefully there is some inspiration for you in the above points to help with designing a bathroom that caters for the elderly and disabled. For more ideas and a vast array of affordable bathroom products and accessories, visit The Bath House today.
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