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.
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.
- 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!
- 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!