4 March 2014
The market for bathroom solutions (adaptions and alterations) in the past 10 years has grown as a result of continuous Research & Development. Not too long ago the only products available came in the form of a standard walk-in bath and similar walk-in shower whereas now the customer is overwhelmed with product choices and accessories.
Typically the problem people face is the same – they can no longer get in and/or out of the bath, the only change is the solution and understanding and providing the right one for them.
Walk-In Bath – modern and stylish, the walk-in bath with a hinged pressure sealed door is quick and easy to install and gives you back your freedom, allowing you to take a relaxing bath in comfort and safety. Having a bath with a door allows for easy access, and with a built in seat too, you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy some quiet bath time whenever you want.
Accessories – the walk-in bath can now be built with many additional accessories making your bathing experience even safer. From thermostatic & lever turn taps which reduce the chance of scalding and are easier to use to hydrotherapy options which are ideal for rehabilitation and relaxation. Furthermore there are also a number of bath lifts and aids now available which, in most instances, can be fitted to your existing bath.
Benefits – the walk-in bath boasts multiple benefits, some of which showering solutions don’t offer. For example the walk-in bath, in most cases, is the same size as a standard bath and therefore can be fitted to replace the existing. Furthermore by choosing a walk-in bath there is little compromise on relaxation and with a comfortable moulded seat and non-slip flooring it is a safe bathing option that promotes independence.
Disadvantages – where there’s pro’s there’s often con’s and the walk-in bath is no different. For example, it may be called ‘walk-in’ however in reality there is a low rise step to overcome to access the bath, which may not seem a lot however when struggling with mobility the motion of balancing on one front can be very dangerous. Other disadvantages include a long bathing experience. With there being a door you need to be in the bath before filling it and wait until it has drained to get out, often resulting in cooler water temperatures. Finally, although the walk-in bath promotes a relaxing bathing experience it is in fact only in the form of a waist down soak which is a disadvantage to some but better than nothing for most.
Level Access Shower - an ideal replacement for a traditional bath or shower, the level access shower features slip resistant flooring, for added peace of mind, and a range of half height shower doors to ensure water doesn’t escape, providing you with a safe and easy way to enjoy your shower.
Wet Floor Shower - recognised as being the complete showering solution, a wet floor shower (or Wet Room) ensures easy access combined with maximum safety. Instead of having a traditional shower tray or enclosure, the entire room becomes your shower, with slip resistant tiles or vinyl covering the floor and walls. As a result, there is no requirement for doors or a glass screen, making showering simple and enjoyable, whether standing or seated utilising a wall mounted seat or wheelchair.
Walk-In Shower - fitted in place of a current bath or shower, or as part of a complete new shower room the Walk-In Shower is specifically designed to make showering easier and safer. With slip resistant tiles or vinyl covering the floor and walls and a range of full or half height shower doors or fixed screens, you can have a shower room that’s practical but also modern and stylish.
Accessories – whichever showering solution you prefer the additional accessories can, in most cases, be applied across all. There is a variation of seats, grab rails, flooring options (colour schemes and textures) and tray / enclosures available, it all comes down to personal choice and design.
Benefits – one of the main benefits showering solutions offer is the ability to combine style and safety into one. Unlike bathing options, which can sometimes look quite clinical, showering solutions allow modern styles and designs to be incorporated into achieving the ultimate in bathroom safety and ease of use. All mentioned showering solutions are installed with a varied choice of non-slip flooring options and unlike the walk-in bath, showering is quick and easy.
Disadvantages – as safe and easy to use as showering solutions are they do have minor disadvantages. For example, unlike bathing solutions, with showering you lose the therapeutic and relaxation elements, which for some people are key.
In all whether you choose a bathing or a showering solutions it really just depends on your condition, what you need and your personal preferences. There is no denying that in all, showering is the safer and easier to use option however the fundamental choice is yours.
In our experience most people visit and/or contact us (MoreAbility*) with the bath solution in mind however after a consultation, conversation and general advice giving, they often decide the shower is the best option (over 90%). Furthermore, and a few things to bear in mind; your solution will depend on your problem and always consider future proofing. Granted a walk-in bath maybe the best option now but give it a few years and that little step into the bath could prove to be a troublesome task.
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