We see a lot of clients who find it difficult getting in and out of the bath. This could be because of a health condition or just being less mobile than you used to be. Throw water and wet surfaces into the mix and you can have quite a risky situation on your hands. If there is no one else home when you are bathing this can cause even more concern.
Help with getting in and out of the bath safely
Happily there are ways we can help you to increase your safety if you’re finding it difficult when getting in and out of the bath. Some examples might be:
- A simple grab rail on the wall for you to hold onto for support and reassurance.
- A bathboard that sits over the top of the bath (secured by adjustable brackets) which allows you to sit down whilst transferring your legs into the bath – some people also use this to sit down whilst showering.
- A bath lift allows you to sit in the water – you transfer onto the seat and transfer your legs into the bath, then you use the electric hand controls to lower the seat into the water and bring you back up once you’re finished.
The best solution for you will depend on your personal capabilities and your own bathroom layout. For example, a bath lift is not usually suitable for use in a corner bath. Or if you can’t lift your legs, a bathboard won’t help.
You should give your circumstances some thought before choosing any equipment. Or alternatively give us a call and let us help.
Bathroom design can make all the difference
Some people decide to redesign their bathroom. The safest option is usually to remove the bath and install a level access shower. Some are reluctant to change their bathroom as they think it won’t look inviting, but there is a lot of choice available in fixture and fittings.
Consider a level access shower
The benefits of a level access shower include:
- Reducing the risk of falls by not having to clamber over the side of the bath
- You can walk straight into the shower – there is no step to lift your feet over, which again lowers the risk of having a fall
- You can have a seat installed so you can sit while you shower yourself. If you experience tiredness, this may save you some vital energy
- An increase in your independence. You might need a carer to help you have a bath but having a shower may allow you to wash without any help
How We Care Home Improvements can help
If you’re finding it difficult getting in and out of the bath and would like advice on choosing equipment for the bath, or to find how we can help with adapting your bathroom, you can:
Give us a call on 0300 323 0700 for a no-obligation chat with our team. We are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
Request a call back and we will get in touch with you.
Visit our Bristol showroom to see some examples of our beautiful bathrooms and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable team.
About We Care Home Improvements
We’re a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to improve the homes of older people and those with disabilities. Our aim is for people to live comfortably and independently at home for as long as they choose. We specialise in accessible bathrooms, home adaptations, handyperson services, occupational therapy and home independence products.
We Care have been in the home maintenance business for over 30 years and our accessible bathrooms service is Trading Standards Approved. We are an approved supplier to Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset and Gloucestershire councils, so you can be sure that our work is of a very high standard.