Arthritis Bathroom Aids – Top Tips For Bathing With Arthritis

Arthritis Bathroom Aids & Tips For Bathing With Arthritis

A nice relaxing soak in the bath, or a warm, steamy shower are both great ways to ease pain and stiffness from arthritis. But, for many with this disease, bathing & showering without assistance can be very challenging. Especially in the mornings which is when the pain and restricted mobility tends to be at its worst. 

From having to unscrew fiddly shower gel bottle tops, to lathering this over your body & hair, to getting yourself dry afterwards, there are a number of difficulties to overcome. Even just getting in and out of a shower or bath and having to balance yourself can be tricky if your arthritis is severe. Fortunately, there are some arthritis bathing aids and top tips which can help to make your daily routine much easier when it comes to using your bathroom. 

As mobility bathroom specialists, we have combined the latest expert advice from occupational therapists with our own teams extensive knowledge to put together our top bathing tips for arthritis. These bathroom adaptations and hacks will help you to regain your bathing independence, so you can clean yourself every day without additional discomfort or embarrassment. 

Best Arthritis Bathroom Aids & Top Tips

Non-slip flooring is essential

Despite usually being the smallest room in the home, the bathroom is where most slips, falls and injuries occur. And if your mobility is restricted because of arthritis, the chances of this happening are much greater. When balance and dexterity are compromised, an already slippy surface can quickly become a recipe for disaster. To prevent nasty falls and injuries, non-slip flooring in the bathroom is essential. 

If you use a traditional bathtub or a shower stall, make sure you have a non-slip grippy bath mat which covers the entire bottom surface, as well as a mat placed next to the bath/shower to step on when you get out.

Alternatively, if you require a more complete solution, you may want to consider having a new mobility bathroom or wet room installed, with built-in non-slip flooring. 

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Sit on a shower seat

A shower seat is another way to reduce the risk of slipping or falling while showering. This one piece of equipment will make showering a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience for those with arthritis. It takes pressure off achy knees and hips, as well keeping you stable so you can relax whilst washing your hair and body. 

There are a range of options available, such as a fold up seat attached to the wall, or chairs with wheels which can be wheeled in/out when necessary. You can learn more about our range of walk in showers with seats here.

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Handheld Adjustable Shower Heads

If you do opt for a shower seat (or even if not), you’ll also need a handheld adjustable shower head for ease of use. Positioning yourself under a fixed shower head is difficult to get right, and you’ll have much less control of where the water is going. 

It’s also a good idea to move the shower head holder lower down on the wall so it can be reached while seated. This way you can rest the shower head while seated if you need to apply shower gel, or if your arms are aching. 

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Use grab bars (safety bars) 

Getting in and out of the bathtub or shower can be made easier for those with arthritis by having grab bars installed. Professionally installed fixed bars are much safer than temporary ‘suction grab bars’ which just stick to the wall. 

If required, grab bars can also be placed next to the toilet for extra support getting on and off. This is recommended for those who sometimes struggle to get up off the toilet due to arthritis. 

Age Care Bathrooms include safety grab bars with all of our mobility bathroom installations and we can recommend where is best to place them for maximum safety & comfort. Get in touch if you would like to learn more. 

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Use pump bottle soaps & shower gels or wall dispensers

Twisting bottle tops and squeezing out soap/shower gel requires grip and dexterity (especially when they are slippery!) which can be difficult for those with arthritis. You can make this easier by using shower gels and soaps with pump bottles. 

Alternatively, you can fix soap dispensers on the wall which you can fill with your favourite shampoo, soap and shower gels. 

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Use taps with levers

Twisty taps and awkward round knobs to change the temperature can be difficult to grip if you have arthritis. Instead you should consider changing these to levers and/or buttons which are much easier to use. 

We have access to a wide range of easy-to-use bathroom faucets which can be installed in your home. Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our mobility bathroom adaptations.

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Use Epsom salts in the bath

It is reported that one of the many benefits of an Espom salt bath is that it helps to ease the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. The magnesium in the salts may help to relax your muscles and stiff joints.

Next time you step into the bath (with your non-slip flooring and grab bars of course), why not add some Epsom salts to see if you experience these benefits for yourself? 

Use a long handled mobility bath brush 

Holding onto a sponge and washing yourself with it is not easy when you are experiencing arthritis stiffness and pain. Instead, you could try a long handled mobility bath brush, which will help you get to those hard to reach areas with ease! 

Consider a raised toilet seat 

People with severe arthritis can have a challenging time getting up from a toilet seat. It’s something that many of us go without thinking about. Raised toilet seats can help to minimize the problem and reduce the risk of injury. The additional height provided by a raised toilet or adaptive aids provide an effective solution. 

These should be considered as well as safety grab bars fitted to the walls, to help raise and lower yourself onto the toilet seat. 

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Walk in baths

If you enjoy a long, warm relaxing bath but getting in and out has become too difficult due to arthritis, a walk in bath may be for you. A walk in bath is a bathtub with a watertight door that opens and closes, allowing for easy access in and out. The base of the tub is usually slip resistant, to ensure that those with unsteady balance feel safe while entering and exiting.

Seats can be added to a walk in bath to make it the perfect luxury bathing solution for those with limited mobility. Get in touch today if you would like to discuss having a walk in bath installed in your home. 

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Walk in showers and wet rooms

If you prefer to wash in a shower, but your current shower unit is not practical or safe, a walk in shower, level access shower or all in one wet room can be installed. These are the complete solution for showering independently and safely in your own home with arthritis. 

At Age Care Bathrooms, we can provide a bespoke showering solution, taking into consideration all aspects of bathroom safety for those with arthritis. If you would like to learn more about the available options, please get in touch with our team today.

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disabled walk in shower

Essentials For The Optimal Disabled Wet Room

Essentials For The Optimal Disabled Wet Room

There are more than 11 million people in the UK with a physically debilitating illness, impairment, or disability – which can turn simple daily tasks into a huge struggle. Fortunately, there are adaptations you can make to a bathroom to make life easier, especially for tasks such as showering and using the washbasin, one being the versatile and practical ‘Disabled Wet Room’. Such modifications can allow you to create a safer and more practical space that allows the disabled user to retain as much independence as possible.

This article by Age Care will provide some insight into the essentials for disabled wet rooms, as well as how certain aspects can promote independence for users. For further inquiries about disabled wet rooms, be sure to contact our highly knowledgable team. Our team will be more than happy to assist you with any questions.

Space

If you are planning to create a wet room with a disabled user in mind, room size is one of the main things that need to be considered. Although you can fit a wetroom in just about any space, a wheelchair user will require greater room to maneuver than the average individual. You may need to think carefully about the fixtures within the bathroom to maximise space, including the size and positioning of the wet room fixtures.

Level Access Shower

One of the biggest differences between a disabled wet room and a normal bathroom is the shower feature. Level access showers are perfect for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, as they eliminate the need to raise your legs off the floor to get into a bath or shower unit. Wheelchairs can be positioned under the shower with ease via the level access, or alterative support could be in the form on a fixed shower seat. This also means that the chance of slips, trips, and falls is also much lower, so the individual may be able to carry out these tasks without the support of another.

Support Bars

One of the most important safety features to include in a disabled wet room designed for disability is the installation of support bars or ‘grab bars’ – they offer stability, security, and safety when it comes to maneuvering around. They should be installed around the main areas of the room, such as at the entrance of the shower, inside the shower area, next to the toilet, and next to the sink basin. Retractable ones are good for next to the toilet so it can be pulled down from the wall.

Anti-Slip Flooring

Anti-slip flooring is a must-have in a wet room designed for disabled people. As we all know, water can be slippy, but it’s particularly unsafe for those who are fragile or with limited mobility. Making sure that you keep users safe with the best quality flooring is important for the users and their loved ones’ peace of mind.

Be sure to contact Age Care for further information on disabled wet rooms. Our specialists are highly knowledgeable and happy to help.

Shower Cubicle Ideas

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Regardless of size, it is entirely possible to  transform every shower room into a stunning space with the customisation options available to shower cubicles, all with careful planning and attention to detail. With clever design and stylish furniture, you can enjoy a comfortable, clutter-free space. So, if you’re considering transforming a small bathroom into a spacious haven but not sure where to begin, we hope these shower cubicle ideas inspire you in some form.

Age Care are specialists in the installation of wet rooms, baths and showers for the disabled. With years of experience in the industry and a proven track record of great quality, we have the right service for you. For further information on the services we provide, be sure to check out our website.

Expressive Accessories

A statement shower will add a wow factor to any shower room. You could fit a rainfall shower head and a concealed shower valve for a contemporary look. Oversized-recessed shower heads are a popular option right now. Designed to fit into the ceiling, you’ll achieve a streamlined look. Shower towers are another great option for shower rooms and there are many designs to choose from. A shower tower includes body-jets, shower head, and hand shower, on one easy to install panel. Some even feature a handy storage space for your showering essentials.

Or, why not feature a niche pattern on your shower cubicle? We find it’s a great way to express your personality.

Open The Space

Creating a shower room provides a great way to save space in a small bathroom. You can achieve this by removing the bath and replacing it with a walk-in shower. A walk-in shower will definitely make the room look and feel more spacious. A completely open section of a shower cubicle is also a great option here and adds a stylish aspect.

Walk-in showers come in a vast range of sizes to suit any space. This makes them a great option for adding sleek, designer style to your shower room. A walk-in shower enclosure consists of a low-profile shower tray, and one or two glass screens. You can fit a walk-in shower between two walls, into a corner or you could create a walk-through shower. This will allow you to have more space and accessibility.

Space Saving Shower Cubicles

When choosing a shower cubicle for a small room, space-saving options are available. Quadrant shower enclosures are ideal for small bathrooms and shower rooms. They feature a curved front to maximise space and fit snug into the corner of the room. Bi-fold shower doors are a good option for compact shower rooms too. Need more help with choosing a shower cubicle for a small bathroom? Be sure to get in touch with one of our knowledgable team now.

Wet Room Ideas For Disabled People

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Wet Room Ideas For The Disabled

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.

Why choose a wet room?

It is reported that 80% of all falls that happen at home will happen in the bathroom, and the likelihood of a bathroom-related injury is much higher if you are elderly or disabled. Often, 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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Disabled Wet Room Ideas To Consider:

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 every day so make sure it is somewhere you love!

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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. If you’re reading this thinking ‘but I want to be able to have a bath!’, check out our easy access baths as well. These can be installed in addition to many of the safety features mentioned above, such as safety grab bars, non-slip flooring, disabled toilets, wide doorways and more.

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. 

Home Adaptations for the Disabled

Home Adaptations for the Disabled

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There are many adaptations out there that can help to make the world increasingly inclusive and interactive for wheelchair users and those with disabilities. From modern technology which allows users to more easily interact with the world around them, to traditional mobility aids such as walking sticks and crutches, there are assistive devices that can help with almost any type of disability.

The type of disability aid you use will depend on a number of factors. One of which is whether you are using the aid for a short period of recovery, or for long-term and more permanent use. For example, crutches or walking sticks can provide short-term assistance to someone going through a period of rehabilitation due to an injury or accident.

Age Care Bathrooms are one of the UK’s specialists in the mobility sector. We have put together this blog to help you adapt your home for those with disabilities.

What Areas to Focus on?

 Stairs

If your home has stairs you will need to make sure they are accessible or rethink the layout of your home. Many choose to make rearrangements, such as creating main bedrooms downstairs when someone in the household develops mobility problems. There is also a wide range of hoists and stairlifts available that can help people get upstairs.

Doors and hallways

Because of their width, wheelchairs need more space through doorways and hallways. A standard wheelchair is 635mm wide; for comfortable access, it is recommended that doorways are 900mm wide. You should also check what kind of wheelchair will be used around the home, as electric wheelchairs and mobility chairs may need even more space. As well as the basic width of the wheelchair you will also need to think about an additional room to turn around.

Living Room

Our living rooms are where we go to relax and unwind or sit comfortably to talk to family and friends. One of the simplest adaptations to be made in living spaces like this is to think about the flooring you use. Carpets and rugs in such areas can be problematic if there are wheelchair/disabled considerations. Thinking about changing to tiled, hardwood or laminate flooring can be a big boon. Also think about the electrical appliances we have in our living spaces – whether it is a TV, stereo, lamps and much more. These may be difficult to access due to the position of the objects and depending on the person’s level of mobility capabilities. Not to mention all the cables may cause trip hazards. Consider moving furniture so it’s more accessible and also cable management tidies.

Here are some adaptations you could use in the living room:

  • Furniture Raisers – This raises the height of furniture for ease
  • Chair Cushion – This will help to get in and out of a seating position
  • Leg Rest – This will help to take the weight away from the body and will help with circulation
  • Chair lift – This may be taken into consideration if you need to access the second floor of your home.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where everyone gathers together to talk, eat and socialize. If you can maximize your floor space then this will allow access for wheelchairs or walking aids. Kitchen workstations can be planned and adapted with low counters and/or knee spaces that will accommodate a wheelchair, especially under sinks and some brands of hobs.

One other consideration is your kitchen flooring. Some people with mobility issues or certain other health conditions find that the kitchen can sometimes become too hot and humid to cope with. Installing tile, or porcelain tiled floors will help keep it cooler and fresher.

Here are some adaptations you could use in the Kitchen:

  • Lower Cupboards – Rearrange or lower cupboards to enable easier access to items and foods that you regularly use
  • Lower Worktops – This will transform your kitchen and allow use and access of all the worktops and appliances.
  • Kitchen Appliance Aids – Tin openers that have a larger grip or contoured handles may improve ease of use. There is also a range of jar openers with features such as improved grip or automatic powered operation. D shaped handles on kitchen cupboards and drawer handles can be easier to grip
Home Adaptation for the Disabled

Bedroom

One of the simplest ways to make a bedroom much more comfortable is to look at choosing a bed that fits your needs. It could be a simple change such as buying a firmer mattress, looking at investing in memory foam if you suffer from joint or mobility problems, or even buying a brand-new bed. Adjustable beds can make a huge difference for the many who find themselves bedroom bound for a greater part of the day. They can be adapted to suit your needs at different times. For instance, they can always be adjusted to make it comfortable to sit up and read or watch TV with the simple press of a button.

Here are some adaptations you could use in the Bedroom:

  • Overbed Table – This is very versatile and has plenty of uses from eating in bed to reading. This table can be easily wheeled in and out of place when required.
  • Security Pole – This pole provides the user with the stability and security of being able to get up from a sitting or laying down position. This is perfect for bedroom use.
  • Bed Rail – Provides you support with getting in and out of the bed. It also prevents you from rolling off the bed as well.
  • Lowering Wardrobe Rail – This is done so that you can access your close from a lower height, which will be more suitable for wheelchair users.

Bathroom

Having a bathroom that suits your needs for you or your loved ones is key. You can design a bathroom to have everything you could possibly need. Maybe you need plenty of access for a wheelchair; if this is the case a disabled wet room might be the best option. This will mean taking out your bath/shower and transforming the bathroom into a wetroom. You have plenty of options from grab rails to a specialised bath. Having a bathroom that gives you comfort and confidence can be a great addition to your home.

Here are some adaptations you could use in the Bathroom:

  • Level Access Shower – This is perfect for those with disabilities, with plenty of room for wheelchair access and walking aids.
  • Wet Room – Complete bathroom in which we install anti-slip flooring, sealed floors and walls, to keep the water in the bathroom. The current bath or raised shower unit then they can be removed, then the same drainage point can be used.
  • Walk-In Shower – No more stepping in and out of the bath, these are perfect for those with disability and mobility issues.
  • Easy Access Baths – No more stepping in and out of the bath, these baths come with a door on the bath for easy access.
  • Bathroom Accessories – Assistance poles, Grab rails, Seats, Safety glass, Anti-slip flooring. 

Age Care Bathrooms

Age Care Bathrooms are the UK’s leading Independent Mobility Bathroom and Shower Specialists. We pride ourselves on being a family-run, independent company specialising in providing bathroom solutions for those with limited mobility. We cater to all ages and levels of disability. The Age Care Bathrooms team have been serving the mobility and disability communities for over 20 years. Age Care Bathrooms can help with a variety of services. If you’re looking for a level access shower or a complete mobility bathroom transformation, our team would love to hear from you to see how we could help. For a free quote today please call us on 0800 999 8994 or fill in our contact form.

Designing Mobility Bathrooms for the Visually Impaired

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All you need to know about designing a safe and functional mobility bathroom for individuals living with visual impairments.

For individuals who are living with sight loss, many of the day to day activities that others take for granted can feel overwhelming or out of reach. Small things like navigating stairs, cooking, or reading signs can become sources of intense frustration, while larger tasks such as driving can feel downright hopeless. Few places in the home can feel more isolating than the bathroom, and as many of us spend vast amounts of time in the bathroom every day, it is critical that visually impaired people have safe access to one of the most important rooms in the home.

While there are several factors to consider when designing a mobility bathroom to support someone with sight loss, there are five essential tips that will help you create a beautiful, safe, and accessible space.

Contrasting Colours (LRV): Contrasting colours is the single most important design component to every mobility bathroom designed with the visually impaired in mind. From contrasting grab rails, shower curtains, wall cladding and toilet seats to delineated pathways created with contrasting floorings, distinct visual barriers are a crucial accessibility feature in any mobility bathroom.

You may have heard about light reflectance values (LRV’s) already, but if not, you’ll have certainly noticed it in hospitals and other public buildings. Things to keep in mind:

  • Use columns that are protected with visually contrasting materials.
  • Grab rails should be a sufficient contrast colour to the wall it is fixed on.
  • Don’t forget the non-slip flooring that is always a very different colour. There is a Dementia Design Accredited Product flooring guide we use in our mobility bathrooms at the bottom for better understanding.

What are Light Reflectance Values?

LRV is a universal value for contrast, which measures the proportion of useful light reflected by a coloured object. It represents a relative light and darkness value rather than an actual colour. Therefore, different colours could have the same LRV.

LRV is measured on a scale of 0 to 100, 0 being absorbing black and 100 being reflecting white (in reality you never find these perfect objects – a bright white would typically have a result of an LRV of 85). A minimum of 30 points LRV difference is advised for adjacent surfaces (see pic below as an example of contrasting LRV colours).

Level Shower Trays/Level access showers

Choosing a shower style that has absolutely no step is the best option, also known as a wetroom. A shower tray with a lip can lead to stubbed toes and painful falls for the . With proper draining and design, many shower options are level with the floor and thus reduce the chance of injury. (It should also be stated that high-contrast frames and moulding will aid in reducing potential hazards.)

Voice Command Features

Huge advances been made in voice command technology over the last ten years, and the bathroom is no exception. It offers an incredibly useful tool when designing a mobility bathroom for individuals living with sight loss. Voice command technology can reduce accidents, burns, and other frustrations when bathing, showering or using the toilet.

Recessed Storage

Storage that is jutted out and impeding on walking spaces can be extremely hazardous for the visually impaired. By including recessed closets and shelves in the mobility bathroom design, those with sight loss can enjoy ample storage while maintaining a safe space.

Motion Sensor

You can reduce the frustration of trying to search for the toilet handle by installing a simple motion sensor. While not a safety feature, the convenience and comfort of an automatic flushing toilet can make a big difference in providing a supportive and functional space for those with sight loss.

Creating a safe, functional, and welcoming mobility bathroom for individuals living with visual impairments takes a little planning and some intentional design. However, the results are empowering and liberating – something everyone deserves in their lives.

If you would like any more information or have any questions on Visually impaired designed Age Care Bathrooms, then feel free to contact us on our freephone 0800 999 8994.

A Guide To Wet Rooms for the Disabled

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Wet Rooms for the Disabled Guide

Wet Rooms for the Disabled Guide

Are you disabled and is your current bathroom not as accessible as it could be? There are many different choices out there for you. At Age Care Bathrooms we have 20 plus years in designing and installing purpose-built bathrooms to suit the needs of disabled people with a range of different requirements. 

We have put together this guide to help you design a wet room that fits your needs. After reading this, you should have a much better idea of the equipment and features needed in a wet room for the disabled.

Wet Rooms

Wet rooms are designed to be safe, accessible and easy to maintain, which makes them ideal for people with mobility issues and those who need wheelchair access. Bathroom safety is very important to us as we know that trips and falls can occur within the home. 80% of falls occur in bathrooms, if you were to include disability, ailment or physical impairment then this figure unfortunately increases. 

Wet rooms are designed to make showering easy and allow for plenty of space for movability. At Age Care Bathrooms we install anti-slip flooring, sealed floors and walls, to keep the water in the bathroom. If you have a current bath or raised shower unit then they can be removed, then the same drainage point can be used. The actual plan of your new wet room can be completely designed to meet the individual’s wants and needs.

Advantages of Wet Rooms

There are many advantages of having a wet room instead of a conventional bathroom. The installation of sealed walls and floors allows the wet room to be easily cleaned and maintained. The water will exit the bathroom through the drainage and all the walls and floors can be wiped down. 

With a custom wet room from Age Care Bathrooms, you are able to have your disabled wet room designed to meet your specific requirements. There are a variety of different fixtures and fittings which can make a bathroom more comfortable. By having your existing bath and shower removed it will allow you to have a lot more floor space in your bathroom. This will make the room more accessible for you or your loved ones.     

Wet Room Equipment

We have a variety of different equipment that can be added to your wet room, all with the intention of making it more manageable. The use of a shower chair can help reduce the strain of the joints and muscles whilst showering. We do recommend that you make sure that the chair is set firmly and doesn’t wobble, make sure your weight is distributed evenly and make sure you have everything you need in reaching distance.   

Bathroom Aids 

It’s not only the shower that can make a difference, but it’s also the equipment you use too. Here is a list of different equipment that can help you and your specific needs: 

  • Showerhead holders tend to be set in fixed positions in your existing showers, you can have adjustable shower head holders to set the showerhead to a height that suits your needs.  
  • Shower screens and enclosures can be portable or fixed and are great for wet rooms. They come in a range of different configurations and help keep carers dry.  
  • Long-handled bathing aids are great to help you wash without having to reach and stretch which may cause discomfort.  
  • Anti-slip products are great to provide you with that extra security when using your shower. 

Shower Safety Tips

Most experts advise that the ideal shower temperature should be 41 degrees celsius. The most reliable way to look at it is, if you see your skin getting red or flushed then the temperature is presumably too high. You can get precise temperature gauges installed so you can find the optimum temperature. 

Remember that Age Care Bathrooms have a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the design and installation of disabled bathrooms. We will be happy to discuss the many different options for you. So why not give Age Care Bathrooms a call to explore your options today? Call 0800 999 8994

What is Lupus? – Lupus Awareness Month

What is Lupus? - Lupus Awareness Month

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October brings about Lupus Awareness month and this article is dedicated to raising awareness of Lupus. But first of all, some of you might not be aware of what Lupus is and how it can affect you and your loved ones.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. Now when explaining exactly what Lupus is and how the disease works we will be getting a little technical. Lupus is a disease in which your immune system attacks your own body. Your immune system is made up of white blood cells which defend your body against foreign invaders. Normally when foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria invade your body, some of your white blood cells identify them as foreign because they contain substances called antigens.

This recognition causes some of your white blood cells to make chemical markers called antibodies. These antibodies attach to the antigens, marking the foreign invaders as targets for your immune system to destroy them. In an autoimmune disease such as Lupus, your white blood cells mistakenly make antibodies to mark some of your body cells, and circulate chemicals for destruction. When the antibodies attach to your normal cells, your white blood cells begin to attack them as if they were foreign antigens. Over time this autoimmune response causes inflammation in parts of your body. Wherever this attack is happening, inflammation makes the blood vessels in the affected area expand and leak fluid, causing redness and swelling.

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The Symptoms of Lupus

The symptoms of Lupus happen as your immune system begins to attack different areas of your body. You may develop a butterfly-shaped skin rash on your cheeks and nose. You may also develop small sores or ulcers inside your nose or mouth. You may develop arthritis, where your joints become inflamed and swollen. When your fingers are cold, they may even turn blue or white, this is called Raynaud’s Phenomenon. With Lupus, you may also suffer from pains during deep breathing caused by Pleurisy.This is a condition in which the outer lining of your lungs become inflamed.


Your white blood cells may create antibodies that attach to bits of your DNA from worn-out cells. The attached pairs called an Immune Complex can lodge in your kidneys causing inflammation, this disorder is called Lupus Nephritis. Flare-ups of any of these symptoms, even those not relating to your skin, may be caused by an initial reaction to sunlight called photosensitivity.

Other common Lupus symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Swelling of the legs, feet, hands, or skin around your eyes
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Hair loss

Treatments

Lupus is sometimes known as the great imitator because its many symptoms are found in other health problems.

Currently, there is no cure for Lupus however there are ways to prevent or reduce flare-ups:

  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Wearing suncream
  • Using a high protection factor of suncream

Although there is no cure for Lupus there are certain medications you can take that can help with the symptoms. Lupus is mostly found in women, it is 9x more common in women than in men. The age that it tends to affect people is from 15-45. Also sometimes Lupus can be a big part of your life and then go away. Here is a list of some of the medications/treatments that your doctor may recommend:

  • Anti inflammatory drugs
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Anti malarial drugs
  • Immune system suppressing drugs
  • Physical therapy

Age Care Bathrooms

Arthritis brought on by Lupus can be very debilitating and can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. We have experience in working with many clients with Lupus and other medical conditions which restrict mobility and make everyday tasks difficult to complete. If you or somebody you know is experiencing difficulties with their mobility due to the complications of Lupus, speak to us today to discuss the changes we can make in your home, to make using the bathroom a little easier. Visit our contact page.

A Guide To Bathrooms For The Elderly

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When designing a bespoke type of bathroom for you or a family member it may seem slightly overwhelming. This guide is here to help you understand all the different types of products and fitting that will be best suited for your ideal bathroom for the elderly. Age Care Bathrooms are the leading experts in the mobility sector and have over 20 years experience in designing and installing custom bathrooms to fit our clients requirements. 

Bathrooms to fit your home 

When choosing your bathroom it’s important to make sure it fits your needs, comfortable and also fits within your budget. We have a huge range in styles and fittings so that you can design your new bathroom for the elderly with your taste in mind. When picking your style you can add fixtures and fittings that will benefit you and those who use your bathroom. 

Future-proofing your bathroom

If you feel that you aren’t at the stage were you need to fully change you entire bathroom yet then Age Care Bathrooms have many fixtures you can add into your current bathroom which will set you up for a good start on future proofing your bathroom to suit your needs. 

Get the right one for your needs

If you are unsure of what you will need then speak to our fantastic team who will guide you through the process from start to finish. They have designed and fitting thousands of bathrooms over the years and have a wealth of knowledge. Also you could get advice from a registered occupational therapist to see what equipment/fittings would be best for your needs.  

Suit your budget

Adapting your bathroom can be pricey but with Age Care Bathrooms we help you to design your bathroom to suit your budget. Your bathroom will be unique and built to your needs and requirements. We will provide a no obligation consultation and quote specific to your bathroom. Our Team are able to offer you very competitive quotes, as we do not use subcontractors. 

Walk in bath

 Age Care Bathrooms provide an excellent range of walk in baths. We know that after a long day, nothing beats a good soak. Our walk in baths are perfect and have a very low entry threshold with an inwards opening door. If you require a shallow bath to meet your needs then there is a range of different ones that can be installed. We can add assistance poles or grab rails to help you get in and out of the bath.  Age Care Bathrooms will also install an anti slip floor in you bathroom to ease your mind and keep you safe. Also they will get rid of your old bath for you, so that you are free to use your new bath as soon as possible.   

Bath seat

Whatever addition you need for your bathroom, we at Age Care Bathrooms can provide for you what you want. We have a range of different bath seats and also seats that can be lifted into the bath tub via a lift/hoist. Make sure to speak to one of our friendly team about what exactly you will need in your bathroom. 

Bath lifts and hoists 

A bath lift will gently lower you down into a bath tub. Your occupational therapist may suggest a bath lift/hoist to help you in and out of the bath, or you may have seen them for yourself and be interested in having one in your home. Again, there are a range of options available and we can help you pick which is best for you and tailor it around your budget.  

Walk in showers (Wet rooms)

If your mobility is very restricted due to old age, or you are a wheelchair user, then a walk in shower (also referred to as a wet room) may be more suited to you. With a walk in shower, there is no step or tray to walk over when entering the shower area, the floor is completely level meaning that entering and existing the shower is as easy as possible. When it comes down to designing your walk in shower or disabled wet room, you can pick between a range of doors and screens.

We have a great team at Age Care Bathrooms who will make sure the whole room becomes water tight, so there is no need to worry about any leaking. We also make sure the entire wet room floor will be covered in anti slip flooring. Wet rooms are also extremely easy to maintain and clean!

Shower seats and controls

When choosing a shower seat and controls you should consider safety and comfort. When designing your bathroom for the elderly you pick what suits you best. Shower seats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, fixed or not. We recommend to always make sure you take extra care when using a shower seat and to make sure you have handrails to help you get up and down. When choosing you control it’s important to think about what type of bath/shower you are using and will these controls be best suited to you or your loved ones.

Remember that Age Care Bathrooms have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and will be happy to discuss the many different options for you. So why not give Age Care Bathrooms a call to explore your options today? Call 0800 999 8994.