How to equip your home with bathroom safety equipment as good as a care home

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Taking a bath or shower should feel luxurious, safe and comfortable. In fact, showering and bathing have been linked to improving mental health. This is because taking a warm shower relaxes your muscles and mind, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. This could also be as it is a mindful experience; smelling different lotions and massaging the body returns your mind to the present moment. 

Depressive symptoms reduce following a shower. If you feel unsafe in a shower or bath, you won’t be able to enjoy it as much. Not only this, but up to 80 percent of falls in the home occur in the bathroom. 

There are so many benefits to making your or your loved ones bathroom safe and introduce bathroom safety equipment. In this blog we will talk about all the types of bathroom safety equipment available to make your bathroom safe with additional tips, so let’s get into it!

Bathroom safety equipment – Shower and bath seating

Some elderly people have balance problems which can make it difficult to stand in the shower. A seat can help them to wash with ease- not worrying about falling over. These chairs have antislip properties on their feet, so you can rest assured that the chair wont slip over. The size can also be adjusted, making it easy to make the seat higher or lower, so that the user is able to easily sit down. The chairs should be cleaned as you would clean the rest of the bathroom to ensure no germs develop.

Bathroom safety equipment – Grab Bars 

Grab bars are useful for the elderly as they help the awkward and unstable moments between sitting and standing. The bars are great at giving extra support while sitting down, or to help them up when they need to get dry. You can easily buy grab rails on the internet to make your bathroom more accessible. Grab bars need to be fitted securely, so getting a professional in to fit the extra safety equipment is a must– they should also be placed in visible places. 

Bathroom safety equipment – Thermometers 

As you get older, you get more sensitive to heat, sometimes the water temperature can change in a bathroom, which means having a thermometer is a must for some people. This will tell you if the bath or shower is too cold or hot to avoid fainting, or getting shocked. Some people have dementia which can make it difficult to determine what the right bathing temperature is. A bath thermometer will ensure they are bathing safely at a comfortable temperature. 

Bathroom safety equipment – Bath Mats 

Everybody has had a slip in the shower- elderly or not. It is dangerous for everybody who doesn’t have a bath mat, especially with hard objects around a bathroom. At the end of the day, you don’t know how you will fall if you don’t have a bath mat, which is why they’re so important. If you want to reduce the risk of falling, a bath mat is your answer. 

Other tips and tricks

We have only just scratched the surface on what’s out there for the elderly when it comes to bathrooms. There are businesses’’ which focus solely on fitting bathrooms for the elderly, fitting walk in showers and baths for a luxurious experience. It’s worth investing in, as it can be helpful for everyone; friends, family, yourself- even tenants! 

A tip that people often don’t think about is making sure the bathroom is bright, so that the elderly can navigate around the bathroom and see where everything is. Alarms are also a must for a lot of elderly people, having this can be a great way to make somebody feel safe. 

For elderly with poor balance and mobility, washing can be an unenjoyable part of the day. Nobody should feel like that, washing should be an enjoyable act of self care! 

If you’re looking for bathrooms for the elderly and disabled, take a look at our website!

How to Decorate and Accessorise Your Disabled Wet Room

How to Decorate and Accessorise Your Disabled Wet Room

So you’ve made the step from a regular to a disabled bathroom, helping you or members of your household with the whole bathroom ordeal. But how can you decorate and accessorize your disabled wet room?

You may not realise how many design options are out there when investing in a disabled wet room. In fact, simply looking on Pinterest or similar websites can provide you with plenty of ideas on how to design or accessorize your disabled wet room.

 If you are unsure of where to start looking, let us help you with a few ideas to get you started.

The design process

Whilst handrails, seats, and flooring have all been covered, this is not where your options end. There are many design benefits to disabled wet rooms, such as accessible shelving that can be implemented in the shower area. This can provide space for shower products, making the most of the area you have and creating a modern-looking bathroom.

As well as this, towel and toilet paper holders placed at an accessible level for you or your household members can improve the look of your new disabled wet room. You may believe some features could prevent your bathroom from appearing modern or stylish, but there are plenty of options available to ensure you are happy with the look and feel of your bathroom environment.

Open-plan spaces are very popular with disabled wet rooms, increasing mobility levels and providing you with more freedom to accessorise. By reducing the limitations that doors or shower screens can bring, you can move about the space more freely and adapt it more accurately to your needs. 

How we can help 

Whilst our services are mainly centred around the initial design and implementation process and choosing the style of your new bathroom or wet room from those available to you on the market, we can also offer advice regarding any additional features you may want to add. Our team offers expert advice from an industry-leading company, such as switching the tiles in your shower area to wallboards, which are much easier to clean and maintain. 

Our trained specialists will make the process as easy as possible for you, taking care of your design requirements. We provide a fast and reliable service, with no need for additional third-party suppliers. Let us know the dimensions of your bathroom and your budget, and we will work with you to create your dream disabled bathroom. 

Please keep in mind that the design options we offer do depend on the size of your bathroom. The smaller your bathroom the fewer options you may have available to you, but we can help you work around this to develop the perfect space. 

Contact us today and start designing your new disabled wet room. Alternatively, visit our disabled wet room product page to find out more. 

The Benefits of Disabled Wet Rooms for Holiday Cottages.

The Benefits of Disabled Wet Rooms for Holiday Cottages

The Benefits of Disabled Wet Rooms for Holiday Cottages

Getting in and out of the bath or shower becomes increasingly difficult with age, and can be a day-to-day struggle for those with mobility issues. At Age Care Bathrooms we aim to provide bathroom solutions for people throughout the UK. It’s an easy aspect to control at home, but holiday cottages can be slightly trickier. 

As overseas travel grinds to a halt, most of us find ourselves searching for holidays closer to home this summer. But mobility-friendly holiday cottages are not as widespread as one might think, and may even prove difficult to find. 

For property owners 

As a property owner renting out to holiday seekers, it’s important to remember that the UK has an aging population. This means that a significant number of people searching for holidays may struggle with mobility issues. If you are looking to expand your clientele, consider upgrading your bathroom to a disabled wet room or even simply investing in a disabled shower as this will open up your holiday rental property to all.  

Inclusivity is vital and could improve the reputation of your business. If you are worried about the design aspect, not wanting the disabled bathroom to clash with the theme of your property, we can work with you to replicate your desired look. 

Making this change might be something you haven’t thought about before, but is worth looking into. In a competitive location, this aspect could give you an advantage and encourage more people to book and visit your property. Statistics show that 13.9 million people in the UK struggle with mobility, so making these easily accessible changes could vastly improve the outreach of your business.

Not just the elderly

It’s not just the elderly who would benefit from a disabled wet room, all ages can struggle with mobility issues and whilst feeling safe in a home bathroom environment is easy to control, this is not always the case when booking holiday accommodation. It’s too easy to slip in these kinds of environments, and falling at any stage in your life can cause injuries. 

Mobility issues are often generalized and attributed to being elderly and many property owners may believe they wouldn’t benefit from the inclusion of a disabled wet room in their holiday cottage. However, 32% of people with mobility issues start experiencing them before the age of 50, something that many people are probably not aware of. Disabilities are not compatible with age and can occur at any point in someone’s life.

We understand that completely converting your bathroom into a disabled wet room can be a big step and investment for any business. If you aren’t sure whether or not to make this change, consider simply investing in a disabled shower or even just level-access flooring. By implementing this feature into your holiday cottage, you can create that extra level of security people are often looking for. Even something as simple as placing a handrail near a bath or shower can make someone feel safer. 

If you are curious about the products we offer, whether it’s for a holiday cottage or your own home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Visit our website for more information. 

How to go From a Bath to a Walk-In Disabled Shower

How to go from a bath to a walk-in disabled shower

How to go From a Bath to a Walk-In Disabled Shower

Making the switch from a bathtub to a walk in shower may seem like a feat in itself, without the addition of mobility benefits. However, the change is quite simple. If you are ready to take this step, Age Care Bathrooms can help you make this process as easy as possible for everyone involved.

You may not know where to start, or what changes would be best for you, so that is where we come in. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible bathroom solutions for those with mobility issues. 

The benefits

Why is making this change so important? As your mobility efficiency begins to decrease, it’s important to adapt to your home so you feel safe. Climbing in and out of the bath can prove a challenge for many people, and so taking this factor away can vastly improve your bathroom experience.

Shower seats, handrails, and level flooring are all aspects of walk-in disabled showers that will increase safety levels and prevent the risk of slips or falls. As your mobility starts to decline you may feel less in control; by implementing these changes into your own home you can regain power over your mobility. 

If you want to remain self-supported but are struggling with how to achieve this, disabled showers can help you feel less undignified in a bathroom environment. Whilst you shouldn’t feel embarrassed asking for help, we understand the importance of keeping your independence for as long as possible. 

How to adapt

You may not need any help adapting to this change, but if you do we are here to guide you through the process. With that extra little bit of assistance, our multitude of design options can make your new bathroom feel just as homely as before.

We can help you choose the exact requirements for all your mobility issues, and what you can benefit from the most. Whether you want to feel more independent in your bathroom, or whether you are a carer looking for ways to make the whole process easier, it’s worthwhile investing in a walk-in disabled shower.  

We also understand that this level of change in your home may not initially appear possible,  therefore we can advise you on various options to help you in this area. Something as simple as including a handrail in your bathroom will improve the safety levels of showering. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us with queries, or visit our disabled showers product page for more information.