What Are The Options For A Walk-In Shower?

Choosing a walk-in shower is an excellent way to help people with reduced mobility wash themselves independently, or allow enough room for a carer to assist them. Regular showering or bathing is important for both physical and mental health, so being able to carry this out safely and comfortably should be a top priority.


What is different about a walk-in shower?

A walk-in shower is simply a shower with no door, and a shallow tray which can be stepped into easily. The size and type of the walk-in shower can be adapted to the style and size of your bathroom, and the individual needs of the user. The sleek design is a perfect choice for a contemporary bathroom which is both practical and stylish.


What are the different types of walk-in shower?

The type of shower you have may depend on the size of your bathroom. For example, a corner shower is ideal for a smaller bathroom. It will consist of a shower tray fitted into the corner with a glass panel to separate it from the rest of the room.

The shower could also be recessed between two walls with a single glass panel, or the shower could have a more central position, with a single glass panel which allows for access on both sides. Whatever your choice, a walk-in shower helps a bathroom feel larger and lighter, and they are easy to maintain.

The shower may also have grab rails to help the user move about safely, and they can be designed with large dimensions to accommodate assisted showering.


Integrated shower seats

Standing for prolonged periods can be difficult or impossible for some people, and carries the increased risk of falling. A built-in seat is a good solution for many people in this situation. It offers a safe and less stressful experience in the shower, allowing the user to spend as much time as they wish, without become fatigued.

There are a range of options to choose from, from a fixed seat, to fold way benches which allow you to use the seat when required, or use the shower in a standing position. This may be a good option if your health condition varies from day to day, or there are other household members who use the shower.


Wet rooms

Wet rooms are another popular solution for a disabled walk in shower.  This option takes the walk-in shower one step further, by eliminating the need for a shower tray altogether. The room may be completely open in design, or have an integrated glass panel to protect the rest of the bathroom units from spray.

A wet room is a good option for people who require full wheelchair access to a shower, because there is no shower tray to negotiate, and the user can transfer directly from their chair to the shower seat.

Wet rooms do take more work to install than a walk-in shower, because the whole wall and floor area have to be sealed and waterproofed, and the floor has to be slightly angled to enable drainage.

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