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Is A Toilet Riser Any Good?

As we all get a little older, it’s not uncommon for everyday actions to become a bit more difficult to do. We might notice that getting in and out of chairs takes more effort, or that going up and down the stairs takes more time and can leave us feeling a bit puffed out.

Using the bathroom is another area that can also present a new set of challenges as our everyday mobility sta...
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Which Bath Lift Is Right For Me?

All types of bath lift provide assistance getting up and down in the bath and can be easily fitted to an existing bath tub without any major bathroom changes. A simple bath lift can be lifted into the bath tub and secured with suction cups to the bottom of the bath, allowing it to be removed when not required. Other types must be fitted to the wall and have a belt that stretches over the top...
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Walk in Bath FAQ’s

In our FAQ blog we answer some of the questions we’re commonly asked about walk-in baths.

What is a walk-in bath?

People with reduced mobility, either through disability or ageing, find using a bath tub difficult and hazardous. A walk-in bath is designed to make using a bath easier. These types of bath have a door in the side which can be opened, allowing the bather to ...
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Benefits Of Hydrotherapy For The Elderly

In this blog we take a look at hydrotherapy, a treatment commonly used by medical professionals to treat conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, and provide an idea of how you can introduce it’s benefits into your home.

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of warm water to treat different conditions, such as arthritis and rheumatic problems. Typically the...
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Finding Funding For Accessible Bathroom Adaptations

Adapting a home to make it easier for someone with mobility problems to live in can be an expensive task. Many adaptations have to be tailored to suit the specific mobility needs of the people living in the home and using its facilities. This can make the cost quite high.

Bathrooms in particular can be an expensive part of the adaptations so it is a good idea to investigate sources of...
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Lighting Proves Illuminating For Dementia Care Home

A recent blog caught our eye on www.carehome.co.uk, if you’re interested we’ve included the link at the bottom of our blog should you wish to read the whole article. It highlights the interesting reduction in falls in a care home, by utilising an innovative lighting scheme.

The scheme came about as a result of the care home manager noticing in the annual falls report, that...
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What To Consider When Budgeting For A New Bathroom

When undertaking a bathroom refurbishment that incorporates mobility adaptations, the financial budget is a key consideration. If you last refurbished your bathroom a few decades ago, you may be surprised at how much the costs have increased, as well as the choice of materials and equipment that are available.

Do it yourself, or bring in a professional?

When considering an ac...
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Why Do Mobility Bathroom Firms Never Advertise Their Price?

Many people frequently ask why mobility bathing firms do not advertise their prices or provide a price list with their brochure. After all, everyone is keen to know how much it is going to cost. In answer, mobility bathing firms will respond that they need to come out and visit your home, look at the bathroom, confirm all of the works required and only then can they confirm a price.

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We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday

The summer holidays are a great time for grandparents to catch up with their grandchildren and children alike. These family gatherings provide opportune moments for sharing news, but sometimes the news is not all good. Grandparents with declining mobility may have suffered slips or falls around the home, with the bathroom often being the main culprit due to the high step required to get over...
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Has Your Mobility Reduced Following A Spell In Hospital?

We’re often approached by people, or the relatives of people, who are in hospital or have just left and returned home. The reason for their contact is that the individual who received an operation, or treatment for an unexpected injury or an ongoing medical condition, may have been left with impaired mobility which, regrettably, is now permanent. In these situations, they are looking t...
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Inspection Checklist

If You Own Or Manage A Care Home, Will Your Bathroom Pass Inspection?

If you’re in the care home business as an owner or manager you’ll know the bathroom can be one of the areas that falls under close scrutiny. In fact, inspector’s concerns over the bathroom seem to be a recurring factor when it comes to homes receiving inadequate ratings. Some can even close not long after receiving such a negative verdict, leading to the residents suffering...
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We Did Not Want Him To Buy A Walk-In Bath

For many people, a walk-in bath is a major undertaking, representing a large financial expense as well as a big change in every day living. This is why, when it comes to choosing a walk-in bath or easy access shower, being able to visit a showroom displaying these items is important to en...
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Avoid Care Home Fees With A Bathroom Adaptation

With declining mobility there comes a point where a person has to consider giving up their independence and moving into a care home. In some cases this will be the most appropriate solution. In other situations, some individual’s will still be able to undertake many day to day tasks independently and just struggle with other daily tasks such as using the bathroom. In these cases adapti...
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How To Improve The Bathing Experience For Someone With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition marked by tremor, muscular rigidity and slow imprecise movement. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Understandably this leads to normal day-to-day tasks becoming difficult, including use of the bathroom which can become problematic.

Whilst small and simple adaptations may resolve some difficulties...
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Walk Your Way To Health

Walking can be one of the best forms of exercise for later life with many health benefits associated with it including; weight loss, keeping the heart healthy, reducing the risk of cancer, keeping bones and muscles strong, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and improving general well-being and mood.

Getting started in walking is also easy. You won’t need any special equipment ...
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Another Job Well Done!

A recent job installing a walk-in bath for a customer, resulted in an extremely nice thank you letter from the daughter of one of our customers.

“Whilst writing I would like to thank everyone involved in the sale, co-ordination and fitting of my Mum’s new bath, you were all great and have made an elderly lady very happy and given her back some independence. Tha...
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Designing A Bathroom For A Person With Dementia

Dementia affects more than 800,000 people in the UK with numbers rising every year as the population gets older. People who have dementia can find their appreciation of danger decreases, making routine tasks hazardous. Bathing is one such task that presents many dangers, such as obstacles in the bathroom, slip hazards and scalding hot water. This can cause the bathroom to become a dangerous ...
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Bath Lift Or Walk In Bath – Which Option Is Best For You?

Bath lifts are often a popular choice for people who find a bath difficult to use. They are inexpensive and simple compared to installing a new bathroom designed around an end user’s requirements. However, they are often not suitable for everyone.

The main advantage is that they provide assistance with getting up and down in the bath, ...
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Considerations For Your Accessible Bathroom

Choosing and installing a new accessible bathroom is a considerable investment, and is one that needs careful thought and planning to make sure it meets the needs of all users.

To help you through the process here are a few things you should consider about a mobility bathroom:

1. The end user’s requirements

All mobility bathroom designs must take account of the e...
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Choosing A Walk In Bath For The Disabled Or Elderly

Anyone who now finds standard baths awkward to use are running the risk of finding themselves unable to get out of a bath, a very unpleasant and distressing experience for anyone who has been through it. Slips, falls and the injuries that arise can be debilitating and life changing if serious.  A walk-in bath is the ideal solution, as it helps i...
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How Do Walk In Baths Work?

A walk-in bath is, in some respects, as familiar as a standard bath, but will always raise questions when people consider having one fitted. Here are our answers to some of the questions about walk-in baths we hear every day:

1) How high is the step into the walk-in bath?

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The best of both worlds with a walk in shower bath

Walk-in shower baths are also known as p-shape baths or p-shape shower baths. As suggested, they are in the shape of a letter “p” with a larger area in the loop of the p which can be used for showering. Of course, the rest of the bath can be used as a regular bath, giving...
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An open and honest pricing policy

Quotes, quotes, quotes. If you’re serious about installing a new mobility bathroom you’ve quite likely obtained a quotation from at least two or three companies in order to have a comparison. In some cases you might receive a quote for exactly the same walk-in bath or shower products, but find the pricing is quite different according to the supplier you use.

Our prices ar...
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Accessible bathrooms that are as beautiful as they are functional

Many bathrooms designed for the mobility bathing market tend to have a “hospital look” about them, which can put some people off making much needed adaptations to their own home. It’s true that some mobility needs require a bathroom designed for carer assistance, which does create this kind of look. However many mobility bathrooms can incorporate easy access adaptations int...
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Plan ahead to prevent future bathing problems

If someone’s mobility is becoming impaired by the onset of old age problems or a disability, some thought should be given to future needs around the home, especially the bathroom. Some medical conditions can lead to a decline in mobility as time goes by, making a bathroom that is manageable today, difficult to use in future.

Unfortunately, the bathroom is the room in the home mo...
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Savana walk in bath

Designed for the perfect fit

Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes which can make them more difficult to use if a person’s mobility becomes impaired in some way. What was once a bathroom that could be used without a second thought can fast become treacherous ground. When the bathroom becomes difficult to use it is time to consider making changes, This may mean a new walk-in bath or a shower or wet room.

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Solve bathing problems with an easy access shower

Disability or chronic conditions can have a debilitating effect on a person’s ability to manoeuvre in the bathroom, making the bathing experience fraught with hazards and difficulties. The height of the bath tub or the height of the shower step can pose an real obstacle for people with restricted mobility.

Whilst slips and falls in the bath tub can also be a common occurrence. I...
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We firmly believe that one size does not fit all

Some mobility bathing firms offer their customers a one size fits all approach. No matter what your needs are in the bathroom, or how big or small your bathroom is, they have only one type of walk-in bath and one type of shower to offer, sometimes with a hefty price tag. This approach may suit the company in question but it does not suit the customer who will have to use it. Everyone’s...
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“Very please all round, the Luxor walk in bath has proved very easy to use and I have found having the additional shower makes washing my hair mush easier so thank you for your suggestion. My wife is happy with the colour match to our old bathroom suite which was her only concern. All in all we have been very pleased with the service you have offered.”

Mr Roberts – Barnstaple