The bathroom can be the most dangerous room in the house for somebody who has a disability. There is the apparent issue of slippery surfaces, and for some people, it is a struggle to transfer their body weight onto the toilet. Fortunately for these people, our Ipswich Plumbers can design an accessible bathroom, adapted to comply with their specific requirements.
Do you have a disability that impedes your ability to comfortably use the bathroom? Or perhaps you are worried about an elderly relative who is starting to struggle with their mobility? Don’t worry, our Plumbers in Ipswich can help! To discuss your needs, schedule a consultation with one of our friendly engineers. In the meantime, let’s explore some of the adaptations which we can implement in your bathroom.
If you have limited mobility, then you probably struggle with stepping in and out of the bathtub or raised shower. Instead, why not avoid the trouble and install a wet-room? If you are concerned about the appearance of a wet room, don’t be – we can carefully design them to look super chic and stylish! Thus, the only question is, what are the benefits of installing a wet room in your property?
Your specific needs will determine the design of your adapted bathroom. Some people find it impossible to lay down in a bathtub; whereas, others may require assistance when getting in and out. For those who fall into the latter category, a walk-in tub may be an ideal solution!
New and exciting accessibility technology continues to develop at an encouraging pace. There are several walk-in bathtub designs, but ultimately, they offer the same functionality. At the side of the tub, there will be a small door that you open to enter the bath, avoiding the tricky entrance. Once you are in, shut the door behind you and run the bath. The entry point is watertight, so you don’t need to worry about getting the floor wet!
If the enhanced accessibility of a walk-in bathtub doesn’t quite do it for you, maybe these unique selling points will:
Perhaps the best way to minimise the chances of you slipping in your bathroom is to install non-slip tiles. It’s safe to say that your bathroom is going to be getting wet. Even a tiny spillage on a standard tile can present a significant slip hazard. Why not protect yourself? Installing non-slip tiles is a fantastic way to mitigate this hazard.
Non-slip tiles are durable, and their texture provides as much grip as possible. If you are worried about slipping elsewhere in your property, you can install non-slip tiles in your kitchen too!
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You may not require drastic changes to your bathroom’s design. If you are a little unsteady on your feet, adding a shower seat to your set-up will provide peace of mind that you are not going to slip! Installing a shower seat gives you the option to sit down in the shower, so you will not have to support your body weight while you wash. So, not only does this decrease the likelihood of slips and trips, it may be a suitable addition for people who experience pain or weakness in their legs.
Integrating a shower seat into your bathroom’s design is relatively straightforward, and dependent on your chosen design, you may even be able to install it yourself. However, if you would prefer to have your seat professionally installed, our Ipswich based Plumbers will have you up and running in no time! We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you choose the most suitable products for your specific requirements.
Anti-slip Grab Rails
Installing anti-slip grab rails is a relatively small, yet potentially life-changing alteration for your bathroom. If you have reduced mobility, then incorporating grab rails into your bathroom’s design is a necessity! The hard surfaces found within the bathroom make it a dangerous place for slips and trips to occur, our Ipswich Plumbers will do everything possible to mitigate this risk by installing grab rails in tactfully selected positions around your bathroom.
We can install grab rails onto any wall in your bathroom, so whether you are by the sink or standing in the shower, there will always be one close by to support yourself. Why should you include anti-slip grab rails in your bathroom design?
For people who a wheelchair user, the incorporation of a lower sink is a commonly requested adjustment. This makes the whole area more accessible and significantly more comfortable for them to use. In addition to this, we can integrate a sink with legroom underneath – this will make your bathroom a lot easier to navigate in your wheelchair! The inclusion of an accessible sink at a lower height is a change that will improve the ease at which you can use the bathroom.
For people who have a disability, getting up after using the toilet can be difficult and even dangerous! From joint problems to muscle deficiency, there is a wide range of conditions which can make this ordinarily simple task a physical impossibility. If this sounds like your situation, then a toilet lifter may be the perfect solution for you.
There is a range of toilet lifters available to purchase. However, they all provide the same functionality, so you can’t go too far wrong with whichever you choose! When installed, the toilet seat will rise and drop to a height at which you can easily transition on to the seat. Not only does this prevent accidents, but it will also significantly improve some people’s quality of life by helping them avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Do you need an accessible bathroom?
If you suffer from a disability, or perhaps as you have aged your mobility isn’t quite the same as it used to be, then an accessible bathroom design may be the best solution for you. Fortunately, there is a huge range of products on the market which can be integrated into your bathroom’s design to aid your ability to use it with ease. Our Plumbers in Ipswich are committed to creating accessible bathrooms which are designed with your specific requirements at the forefront of the design. During your initial consultation, our engineer will discuss your needs in some depth, this will enable them to recommend the most suitable products for your bathroom design.
To discuss the installation of an accessible bathroom in your property, schedule your free consultation with an Ipswich Plumber who will provide their recommendations based on your specific accessibility requirements.