16 April 2014
The older we get the more difficult bathing becomes. Generally it’s more time consuming and becomes more and more hazardous with each passing year. What was once an enjoyable and relaxing experience is now a struggle with safety and ease of use at the forefront of the bathers mind.
Some people struggle more than others and with that in mind there are adaptions that can be put in place that span from someone simply struggling to get in and out of the bath right through to someone who cannot use a bath at all.
This particular article aims to cover those who are in the early stages of requiring a bathroom solution and explain the benefits of installing such aids sooner rather than later. Generally bathing aides are a much cheaper alternative to a fully adapted suite, which at this stage wouldn’t be required, however they can and will really enhance a person’s safety.
Lying in a bath and having a good soak is one of life’s simple pleasures, but not if you have trouble getting in and out of the bath. Happily, resolving that problem doesn’t need to involve major costs or require a great deal of work to your bathroom and the addition of a simple lift or bath aid could give you your freedom back.
A popular option is a portable, battery operated bath lifter, which gently lowers you in and out of the bath and requires no installation making it a hassle free choice. Another solution is a battery operated ‘Molly Bather’, a tough durable belt that is fitted to your existing bath, which gently lowers and raises you in and out of the bath.
Quarter-turn lever taps are extremely easy to use, require no strength to grip and can be made to include thermostatic valves that protect against accidental scalding. Thermostatic mixing valves are also available and these can be fitted to any tap making them an ideal choice if you have reduced sensation in your hands. Both alternatives make bathroom use safe and best of all these taps look no different to standard taps and are available in a wide range of styles and finishing touches that can be used in conjunction with showers, bath & basins.
Grab rails are one of the safety features that have traditionally screamed "institutional." The sterile public-restroom look they possess is the one reason that people resist installing them. However the shape and colour of a hand rail can play a large part in whether it looks clinical or compliments the bathroom. For example, a minimally designed, rounded, oil-rubbed bronze coloured hand rail situated in a beige / cream bathroom suite would offer a warmer and more traditional look that feels luxurious and most importantly enhances safety.
Secure seating inside the shower is another great safety feature. A generously proportioned built-in bench is so much easier on the eye than a plastic one and if a built-in bench would take up too much room, consider a teak fold-up bench or chair. Plastic might say "hospital," while teak says "spa" but in the end whether a built-in bench or fold-up seating solution both say safety.
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