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How To Minimise The Risk Of Falls In The Home

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...
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When Is It A Good Idea To Fit An Assisted Toilet System

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...
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Should I Choose A Walk in Bath, Shower Or Wet Room?

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...
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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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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.

I...
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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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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. 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...
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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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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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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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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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Create a safe bathing environment for those with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in the UK affecting 850,000 people, with numbers set to rise to over 1million by 2025.

Those with Alzheimer’s suffer symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with language and problem solving. As the disease progresses, more symptoms occur with delusions and hallucinations occurring in advanced stages.<...
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How much is a new accessible bathroom?

Anyone thinking of installing a new accessible bathroom will wonder about the cost fairly early on. Budget is a big part of the project and everyone wants the best value for what they spend.

Some firms operating in the mobility bathing area are keen to get a sharp suited sales person into your home with the intention of winning a sales commission and getting paid. These meetings do no...
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Financial help for those with a disability, chronic or terminal illness

HMRC offer a number of VAT exemptions for people with a disability, chronic illness or a terminal illness. The VAT exemptions apply to many daily livings aids including mobility scooters, rise recline chairs and adjustable beds, as well as building works, like ramps, door widening and i...
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Spa Bath

Soothe aches and pains with a spa bath upgrade

When considering a walk-in bath, many people focus on their unique easy access features which mean they can finally enjoy a bath safely and comfortably. Obviously these concerns are uppermost in the minds of people buying walk-in baths, but a final consideration should always be given to the addition of a spa. Why? Well, if you intend to enjoy a...
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Transforming a garage into an easy access luxurious new bathroom

Last year, we were approached by a local customer who now lived on the ground floor of his house due to a progressive disability. He wished to remain living in his family home surrounded by many years of memories and did not want to move.

Shower and toilet area prior to transformation ...
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Our installers rise to the challenge of fitting a new easy access bathroom

A recent job presented us with a novel situation. On our first appointment at the customer’s address we noticed the soil stack on the outside of the property was made from asbestos. Everyone knows this material can be harmful if disturbed or broken up. However, it is safe enough if left in place and undisturbed; hence its presence at the property was not a major concern at first.

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