If you're new to the term "assisted bathing", we'll help you understand exactly what this means and demonstrate how best to adapt your bathroom.
Are you or a loved one in need of assisted bathing? If so, it's especially important that you choose the right option for your unique situation. With this comprehensive guide, we'll help you understand the various assisted bathing options available, so you can make an informed decision. So, without further ado, let's take a look at what you can do...
Walk-in bathtubs are a popular option for those in need of assisted bathing. These bathtubs have a low threshold and wide door for easy access, and are usually supplemented with grab bars for added safety.
Also known as easy access baths, these tubs come in a variety of designs, including multi-purpose shower baths with an enlarged showering end and screen (see image below), and deep soak baths which have a higher sidewall and built-in seat for added comfort.
Walk-in baths are ideal for those who experience aches and pains. Being able to immerse yourself in warm water will help to soothe aching muscles and relax the body. You can choose exactly which type of easy access bath you need by considering your level of mobility.
Find out more about the benefits of walk-in baths.
Walk in showers
Walk in showers offer the same easy accessibility as walk-in bathtubs, with the added bonus of being easier to clean and maintain. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, and can be equipped with features such as built-in shower seats, adjustable showerheads and grab bars.
If you feel you can do without a bath and simply enjoy a brisk wash, a walk in shower enclosure is a great option.
Wet rooms are a type of walk in shower that offers a more open and spacious feel. They are ideal for those who use a wheelchair or have mobility issues, as they provide ample room for movement and access to all areas of the shower.
With no shower tray or threshold to negotiate, wet rooms help to minimise the risk of trips or falls. Combine with anti-slip flooring and grab rails for a much safer bathroom environment.
For more on the differences between walk in showers and wet rooms check out our guide.
Best assisted bathing options for the elderly
When it comes to assisted bathing options for the elderly, safety is of the utmost importance. Walk-in bathtubs are a great option, as they offer the stability and support needed for safe bathing. Walk in showers can also be a good choice, as they are easy to access and manoeuvre in, while wet rooms offer unrestricted mobility and are ideal for wheelchair users.
A buying guide for easy access baths
If you're in the market for an easy access bath, there are several key factors to consider. Firstly, consider the size and layout of your bathroom. This will determine the size and style of bath that will work best for your space. Secondly, consider your budget and the features that are important to you, such as built-in seats. Lastly, it's important to choose a reputable brand with a good guarantee and customer service, so you can have peace of mind in your purchase. For more comprehensive information, read our easy access baths buying guide.
In conclusion, there are many options for assisted bathing, and the right choice for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. We hope this guide has helped you understand the various options available, and has given you the information you need to make an informed decision.
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With our Independent Living range of products, you can quickly and easily create an accessible bathroom that is both safe and stylish. From grab rails to walk-in baths and from shower seats to comfort height toilets, you'll find a choice of high quality, specialist items from established brands such as Nymas and AKW. To browse our full selection, click on the image below.
If you're in need of inspiration or advice, you'll find everything you need right here. Head to our Independent Living hub for fresh ideas, as we show you how to create a stylish bathroom for an elderly relative, a wheelchair user and those with visual impairments.