Mobility can be a problem for lots of people but particularly for those in their later years. Elderly people sometimes suffer from mobility problems and this can affect them in many ways.
Even the simplest household tasks can be interrupted with bathing activities a common example. Getting into and out of the bath can be difficult for people with mobility problems and that’s why modern bathroom equipment such as a walk-in bath is often fitted to help.
Bathroom equipment to help mobility
These days there is plenty of bathroom equipment which can help elderly people and others who struggle with mobility issues. When you use walk-in showers there is no risk of slipping or falling whilst you are washing yourself and the amount of pressure placed on joints is significantly reduced.
With a walk-in shower or wet room you will no longer have any edges to step over and this can also make the room appear a lot bigger. A walk-in shower also boasts a minimalistic design which means it will be long lasting and very durable.
Improvements to home and health
With a walk-in shower there is no risk of water becoming clogged in one area and this helps prevent the build up of mould which can potentially be harmful to your health. There are also lots of design advantages that come with a walk-in shower that you would not be able to get with a normal design. These include water jets and other equipment such as halogen lighting and waterproof radios.
Walk-in showers can also be fitted in very small bathrooms that do not have a lot of space; one of their biggest advantages.
Walk-in bathtubs are another piece of equipment that can help people who are unable to get in and out of normal bathtubs. These walk-in tubs usually feature a door which swings either inwards or outwards. When the doors are shut there is a water tight seal which forms meaning no water can get in or out of the tub.
These baths usually also contain seating which provides comfort to the user. There are safety rails built in and non skid strips which helps increase grip and prevent the user from slipping or falling. A walk-in bath also gives the user immense independence for their bathing routine and means that relaxation is not sacrificed for practicality.
With such great improvements available through modern bathing equipment, mobility in the bathroom has never been better.
Tracey is a nurse who focuses on elderly. In her blog she writes about he joys and difficulties of being a nurse today.