Wet Room Ideas For Disabled People

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In this article we will be exploring wet room ideas for disabled users, including the many safety features available, as well as the range of design options for you to choose from. A wet room is a great idea for disabled, mobility challenged or elderly people who might have difficulties using a regular bathroom.

When considering different disabled wet room ideas for yourself or someone else in your home, there are many factors to take into account. Most importantly, it must meet a person’s individual mobility requirements – This can be achieved by including a number of different additional safety features which we will look at below. Should you have any further questions or like to discuss wet room ideas for the disabled in your home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of disabled wet rooms and we would be more than happy to arrange a free consultation for you at your home.

Disabled Wet Rooms Ideas To Consider:

Why choose a wet room?

It is estimated that 80% of all falls that happen at home will happen in the bathroom, and this figure is sadly even higher among disabled and elderly people. It is often the case that these falls could have been prevented if the right safety features were in place. Having the correct bathroom for your needs (such as a disabled wet room) significantly reduces the risk of injury, while also ensuring that your bathing experience is comfortable and enjoyable.

For wheelchair users, or those with limited mobility, having a disabled wet room installed can help make you feel safe in your own bathroom again. A fully waterproof, level access walk in (or roll in) floor means that a person has unhindered access to all areas of the bathroom. This eliminates the risk of tripping or injuring oneself while stepping over a shower tray, or over the side of a bathtub.

In addition to ease of access, there are a number of features which can be included in a wet room which make them more suitable & safe for the disabled. We will explore these below.

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Wet Room Ideas For The Disabled

To ensure that your bathroom is completely tailored to your needs, there are a number of features which can be added to a disabled wet room. Below is a list of wet room ideas for disabled people that you may wish to consider:

  • Shower Seats

    Shower seats (as seen in the image above) are one of our top disabled wet room ideas as they make showering much safer and more comfortable. Which type of shower seat you choose will depend on you/your family’s personal preference. For example, you can have a fixed seat installed, or a mobile seat which can be moved out of the way if another family member was to use the shower. Cushioned seats are also available for extra comfort.

    We offer a range of different shower seats with our wet room installations, please get in touch if you would like to learn more about what is available.
  • Anti Slip Flooring

    While we have listed this as an idea to consider, we install anti slip safety flooring in every disabled wet room that we fit. We think that is an essential feature for every safe wet room. With anti slip safety flooring, you can walk or wheel yourself in with confidence that you will not slip.

    These floors can be modern & stylish too – At Age Care Bathrooms, you can choose from a range of wet room flooring colours to meet your style preferences!
  • Safety Bars (grab bars)

    Safety bars (also known as grab bars) are another essential feature when looking at wet room ideas for the disabled. As their name suggests, grab bars give you something to hold on to, to increase stability and balance. Many falls in the bathroom can be avoided by having grab bars in the correct places. Grab bars allow a disabled or elderly person to manoeuvre their way around the wet room with confidence.

    We install grab bars from top quality manufacturers so you can be sure that they will be completely secure and be able to hold your full weight. Where you place the safety bars will depend on the bathroom layout as well as other individual factors, such as whether the person is left or right handed. Our team can advise you on this when installing your disabled wet room.
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  • Accessible Wall Hung Basins

    A wall hung basin is an extremely useful disabled wet room idea, especially for wheelchair users. It means disabled users can sit down and use the sink freely, since there is no pedestal in the way underneath the basin. An additional benefit is that wall hung basins look really modern and stylish too! They can be installed at different heights, so that they are comfortable for the end user. We think these are a really neat idea for disabled wet rooms!
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  • Shower Curtains/Doors

    Many of our customers who live with a carer like the idea of having a door/curtain around the shower for privacy. It can offer a more dignified experience for both the disabled user and the carer, while at the same time keeping the non-bather dry!

    This idea is more of a personal preference than a safety feature – but it is definitely something to consider. For some, maintaining privacy where possible when bathing is an important part of keeping their independence.
  • Adjustable Shower Heads

    Adjustable shower heads are ideal for disabled wet rooms which may also be being used as a family bathroom. This way, each bathroom user can adjust the shower head to a height which is convenient for them, whether they are sat down or stood up. It is important to remember that disabled wet rooms can be completely family friendly too!
  • Disabled Raised Toilets (Comfort Height Toilets)

    Disabled users may require a raised toilet (also known as a comfort height toilet), to enable them to get on and off the toilet more easily. As these are taller in height, they require a lower degree of mobility when lowering oneself onto the toilet seat. We also recommend having grab bars positioned by the raised toilet for further assistance and safety.
  • Wide Doorways

    One disabled wet room idea that needs to be taken into consideration for wheelchair users is the width of the doorframe. In some cases, this may need to be made wider so that a person in a wheelchair can comfortably get in and out, along with a carer too if necessary. We can advise you on this when installing your disabled wet room.
  • Style Considerations

    Along with practical considerations, the styling of a disabled wet room is equally important to many of our customers! We believe that a safe and practical bathroom can be beautiful too, which is reflected in all of the disabled wet rooms that we install. With Age Care Bathrooms, you can choose from a range of disabled wet room ideas & features which are every bit as stylish as they are safe. Your bathroom is somewhere you will visit everyday so make sure it is somewhere you like!

Get in touch for more ideas

Above is a list of our top wet room ideas for disabled users, which we hope has given you a better understanding of how to make your bathroom a safer place. As independent installers of mobility bathrooms, we have access to a huge range of different products which can make your life easier in the bathroom. Our team has been installing disabled wet rooms for 20+ years, so if you’d like to discuss more ideas for your bathroom, or get a quote for a wet room installation, please get in touch!

What Is A Good Sized Walk-In Shower?

What Is A Good Sized Walk-In Shower?

What Is A Good Sized Walk-In Shower?

Converting an old bathtub to a walk-in shower is high on many homeowner’s wish list. A walk-in shower creates more space by removing a bathtub and also gives the bathroom a clean-lined look. A conversion of this regard can suit your active lifestyle, regardless of whether you want a quick shower or a long soak.

Before we get into the article, be sure to contact Agecare Bathrooms for enquiries about walk-in showers, as well as many other services. We are a family run company with more than 30 years combined experience within the bathroom industry. Our fully qualified plumbers, electricians and joiners provide a top quality service with beautiful styles and designs.

What Benefits Does a Walk-In Shower Have?

Before we get into the perfect scalings for a walk-in shower, we want to run you through the advantages and uses for them. Doing so, you can get an understanding of why certain sizes are used, depending on the user’s personal preferences and needs.

Unlike generic stalls, walk-in showers don’t require a door or a curtain to stop water from spraying out. Doing so, this creates a more spacious and open look. Prefab units also have shallow curbs to stop excess water from running onto the bathroom floor. Custom walk-in showers are designed with no curbs, just a slightly sloped floor – which encourages greater accessibility, a huge benefit for  those with joint injuries or mobility issues.

Can I Choose A Size For My Walk-In Shower?

While the size of your walk-in shower will be determined by the amount of the bathroom’s available floor space, homeowners have lots of decorative leeway in custom design. You can:

  • Select the color and type of tile for the floor and walls.
  • Opt to install glass panels or even glass blocks on one or more sides.
  • Select the shape. Geometrics, such as squares, rectangles, and hexagonal lines, are popular, but you can opt for virtually any wall shape—even a curved wall—if you have adequate floor space. Standard building code recommends a minimum of 30 inches of walking space between bathroom fixtures, so leave adequate room to walk between the new shower and the vanity or commode.
  • Create a shower that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recommendations to accommodate a person with mobility issues. In addition, check with your local building authority to see if any supplementary codes apply. The ADA suggests a minimum size of 36 inches by 36 inches for a walk-in shower, which features a bench attached to one wall for sitting. Even if you eschew the bench, 36 inches by 36 inches is a good minimum size for ease of showering. If the shower will accommodate a roll-in shower chair, the ADA recommends a minimum size of 30 inches by 60 inches to permit easy in-and-out access.

Generally speaking, you’ll be able to dictate the cosmetics of your walk-in shower, as well as the shape. The size will most certainly be dictated by the size of your bathroom.