Bathing aids are designed to make using the bathroom easier and safer. This may be particularly important for older people, or for anyone with restricted mobility or cognitive impairment. Even for people who are currently in good health, planning ahead to ensure that the bathroom is accessible and user-friendly can be a wise investment.
Being able to take care of your personal hygiene independently or with the help of a carer in your own home can be key to living a fulfilling life for many years to come. Here’s a look at how to choose the most suitable bathing aids for you or your loved ones.
The first point to consider is what, if any, features are already in place, such as a bathtub and separate shower cubicle. This may depend on the age and size of the bathroom. Then consider what level of assistance is required. Sometimes aids can be there as a reassurance if needed, or they can fully assist a non-mobile person to bathe.
Bathing aids for extra support and peace of mind
Simple but effective bathing aids such as grab rails and non-slip mats are easy to install and can benefit all types of bather. Bathrooms are prime sites for slips and falls even for able bodied people. Non-slip mats placed in the bathtub and shower tray are cost effective and provide extra stability.
Grab rails and bars positioned at hand height on the wall next to the bath or shower provide extra support for people with poor balance or stiff joints as they get out of the bath or shower. For people who struggle to get from a sitting to standing position, grab rails positioned by the toilet can also be useful.
Bathing aids for using the bathtub safely
Many people with conditions such as arthritis find that a long soak in the tub is therapeutic and can help to ease pain and relax stiff muscles. However, their condition can also mean getting in and out of the bath is a challenge. There are several solutions to this problem.
Walk-in baths and bath seats
Walk-in baths have a door built into the side so the user can step in and out of the tub without having to climb over the side. They are often used alongside a bath seat which allows the user to sit in a more comfortable raised and supported position in the bath.
Bath lifts and hoists
For people with more severely limited mobility, bath lifts or hoists can fully support their weight and lift them in and out of the bath. Bath lifts are designed to lift the user from beneath, while a hoist pulls from above using an electric motor. They can take up more room so it’s best to check if your bathroom is big enough.
Walk-in showers and wet rooms
If a tub is not a priority, a low-profile shower tray or a wet room that requires no tray at all are popular and accessible alternatives. An occupational therapist may be able to advise which is the best option for you.
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