As we’re often told by doctors and medical professionals, the better care we take of ourselves through eating healthily and doing regular exercise the better quality of life we can expect as we age.
However, it seems that many of us find it difficult to follow this sound advice. According to statistics dating back to 2009 and quoted by Read more
With advances in healthcare, improved living standards and a general trend towards eating better and exercising more, many of the population are now enjoying a much longer and healthier life. Evidence of this is seen with many people now living into their 80s and 90s.
However, this longer life isn’t without risk, as increased frailty and a decline in health can impact on individ...
Anyone suffering from reduced mobility, whether temporary or permanent, can find the normally simple task of having a bath quite difficult. Here we look at some of the specific problems that can be experienced, alongside a range of solutions that will make using the bathtub safe and easy.
The main problems associated with using a bath when mobility has declined a...
Using the toilet safely and comfortably is one of those things we take for granted, until reduced mobility makes it difficult to do so. Changes in the body’s ability to balance, co-ordinate hand and arm function or a weakening of muscles and joints can all impede the ability to continue using the toilet without the help of another person. If a wheelchair or frame is required, this can...
When it comes to upgrading the bathroom to provide assistance when mobility is starting to decline, we’re often asked which is the best solution between a walk-in bath, an easy access shower or a wet room?
There is no one answer, as each comes with its own advantages, and disadvantages, and the solution we recommend is often dependent on many factors including mobility levels (n...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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 ensuring you’re making...
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...
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition marked by tremor, muscular rigidity and slow imprecise movement. Understandably this leads to normal day-to-day tasks becoming difficult, including use of the bathroom.
By implementing a few simple changes, you can help make a huge difference to someone with Parkinson’s disease being able to use the bathroom safel...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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, ...
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...
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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“Dear all at Absolute Mobility, I have used that bath several times now and I’m delighted with it! being able to try it on your mobile showroom definitely made the difference so thank you for coming out to me so quickly.”
Mrs Evans – Portsmouth