It can be difficult to manage your hygiene when you have limited mobility. Whether it’s temporary or ongoing, difficulty moving can make even sinking into a lovely bath a challenge. Fortunately, there are ways to adjust things so you can enjoy comfortable bathing regardless of whether you have limited mobility or not.
If it’s too difficult to stand in the shower for a period of time, you may consider using a bathing chair. These are designed to be waterproof and comfortable so you can clean yourself easily while seated. It’s best if you have a removable showerhead for this. Just move it around as needed to wash your body.
If you’re renovating your bathroom to make it more accessible, consider a walk-in shower. This type of shower has no lip at the edge to cause stumbling and the entire side will open up to allow a wheelchair or walker to move through easily. You may also want a slightly larger shower in order to accommodate mobility aids and possibly another person who can help you wash your hair and such.
Alternatively, you could set up a walk-in tub, which has a shower attached. These tubs have doors in the side, so you don’ have to lift your leg over the edge. As long as you can get into a sitting position and back up, you’ll be able to enjoy a nice soak in the tub.
There is a range of mobility aids that can help you move around the bathroom and get in and out of the shower area. Bars and handles added to the walls can make it easier to keep your balance as you get in and out of the shower or tub. This is also useful for aiding you in getting up off the toilet.
Today’s mobility aids are far more attractive than they were years ago. Instead of clashing with the décor, they add to it. You can now have stylish handles, along with the support and stability necessary to move around the room safely. It is quite helpful to step into a tub or shower with a hand on a secure bar that you can use to stabilise yourself and prevent falls.
With so many methods to help you bathe easily even with mobility issues, you can enjoy your bathroom more. There’s no need to wait for help or for a sponge bath when you can manage it on your own. It’s well worth converting your bathroom into a more accessible space.
Ready to make your bathroom accessible? Contact Bespoke Bathing to learn more about how we can help.