Bathing well

Risks of slips and falls in the bathroom are greater with loss of mobility and strength. There are simple solutions and adaptions that will help you to keep your independence while making your house still feel like home.

Remove it or keep it

Most people don’t use baths these days but removing it can devalue a family home. Balance the decision about the bath versus shower with safety. Specialist equipment can make washing easier and safer, consider manual or powered bath lifts, boards and seats, rails and steps. A walk-in shower can be safer when combined with suitable rails, shower seats and safety mats but may depend on space.

TOP TIP: A registered Occupational Therapist (OT) will advise you on the best equipment for your needs.

Warming style

Warm towels as you step out of the bath or shower are a welcoming touch! Towel rails now offer better heating options and come with a touch of style. Ask your plumber to select the right BTU (British Thermal Unit) for the size of bathroom and your needs.

Locate it close enough to reach but far enough away so that it isn’t used as a safety or balance rail.

Accessorise

Make your bathroom look stylish with coloured towels, flowers or create textures or patterns with tiles. Choose bright, vivid colours.

A touch of colour

Choose colours on your walls to reflect your style and design. Don’t be afraid to take risks by using bold and bright bathroom colours to lift a space. Try different schemes, there is no limit – ombre, dramatic, feature walls, even contrasting or groups of colours.

Prefer a chic, modern look? Go for greys to complement the white furniture and accessorise with vibrant items.

Our local painters and decorators will advise and work with you.

TOP TIP: Try Karndean Floors for your bathroom. They are safe, stylish and water resistant!

Floor it right

Consider the look, the water, slip factor and maintenance – porcelain looks good but is slippery and while carpet is warm it’s not as hygienic and can easily rot.

Karndean gets our vote because it’s warmer underfoot, there are of lots of style options and colours and it’s easily replaceable.

6 Way to wash more safely.

One – Taps with levers are easier to use than turn taps if you have reduced strength in your hands.
Two – A detachable, hand-held shower attachment for your bath means you can then sit rather than having to stand and shower.
Three – Grab bars and rails make bathrooms safer – they’re easy to fit and cost-effective.
Four – Raise the height of the toilet seat to make getting up and down easier, ready-to-fit seats can be easily purchased.
Five – Place non-slip bath mats or tape in the bath or shower to reduce risks of slips and falls. Washable non-slip rugs are a good idea for the bathroom floor too.
Six – Walk-in showers or wet rooms are great if getting in and out of the bath has become difficult. Fix a seat to a wall or free-standing one with rails to make it even safer.

Advice

Free and confidential information on disability-related issues, grants and try before you buy equipment is available through:

Milton Keynes Centre for Integrated Living – 330 Saxon Gate West MK9 2ES / 01908 231 344mkcil.org.uk

Centre For Independent Living – Gladstone Road Resource Centre, Gladstone Road, Northampton NN5 7EJ /01604 588501northamptonshirecil.org.uk