Being able to access bathing facilities in your own home shouldn’t be that much to ask but so many people struggle to get in and out of baths, even putting off the task until they are feeling up to it and feeling embarrassed to ask for help to protect their dignity.
It doesn’t have to be this way!
Your bathroom can be modified with simple adaptations or redesigned for level access essential for walker and wheelchair users.
Bathroom adaptations are one of our most requested services and can be carried out with minimal disruption by trusted contractors in a choice of colours and stylish finishes.
Doors into bathrooms often need to be widened for wheelchair and walker access. This will mean removing the existing door, widening the opening and installing a new wider door and frame, relocating the light switch and repairing the floor and wall finishes.
Other options may exist depending on doors, walls, etc and simply moving radiators or changing the way a door hangs may provide the additional space needed to make a big difference.
It can be difficult for some of us to step in and out of a typical bath because of the high walls, however, there are many different solutions from walk-in baths, to wet rooms and level access showers all of which provide safer and easier bathing.
Toilets can be replaced with special units or raised seats can be installed in addition to grab rails for balance and support. Simple flushing can be difficult for someone with arthritis and many other conditions, the use of flushing levers will make this process so much easier. If required, assistance pullcords can be fitted, lighting upgraded and efficient extractor fans installed.
Sinks can be raised or replaced to allow wheelchair access where required along with strategically placed grab rails to provide support and reassurance. Taps can be replaced with single lever controls which are much easier to control not requiring a strong grip to turn on or off.
Also consider the use of anti-scald temperature controls that prevent the water temperature from exceeding 38˚C.