If you or a loved one has arthritis, you may need to make certain adaptations to your bathroom. We examine what form these adaptations might take and what work they might involve.
Arthritis is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the joints, making it difficult for sufferers to carry out even simple everyday tasks. However, with the right bathroom solutions, it is possible to ease arthritis pain and improve quality of life. In this article, we will explore the best assisted bathing options to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
Walk-in baths are a popular solution for those with arthritis as they offer easy access and exit, reducing the need to step over a high bathtub rim. The low threshold and slip-resistant floor of a walk-in bath also reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls, making it a safer option for arthritis sufferers.
In addition to this, walk-in baths can also be fitted with jets, providing a soothing and therapeutic massage to relieve arthritis pain. The warm water helps to ease joint stiffness, increase circulation and reduce inflammation, making it an ideal solution for those with arthritis.
Some models also come with built-in seats or shower seats can be fitted, to make the bathing experience more comfortable.
Easy access showers
For those who prefer to shower, easy access showers provide a safe and accessible alternative to a traditional shower. They feature a low-threshold entry, allowing for easy access, and are fitted with grab rails and non-slip flooring for added safety.
Easy access showers also offer a variety of customisation options, such as adjustable shower heads and bench seating, to accommodate individual needs and preferences. Additionally, the adjustable temperature control and instant hot water provide a warm and comfortable shower experience, helping to ease arthritis pain.
For those with more severe arthritis, bath lifts can provide a safe and comfortable solution. Bath lifts are designed to help lower and raise the user into and out of the bathtub, reducing the need for any strenuous bending or lifting.
Bath lifts also provide a comfortable seat and backrest, ensuring that the user can relax and enjoy their bath without any discomfort. Additionally, they are easy to install and can be used with most standard bathtubs, making them a versatile solution for those with arthritis.
In conclusion, there are several bathroom solutions available to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. From walk-in baths to easy access showers and bath lifts, there is a solution to meet the individual needs and preferences of those with arthritis. By choosing the right assisted bathing option, it is possible to improve quality of life and ease arthritis pain.
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