The Best Disability Bathroom Aids for Elderly and Disabled People

When it comes to time in the bathroom, we want to be able to care for ourselves as much as possible, in some circumstances the elderly and those with disabilities find some of their daily bathroom routine more challenging, that's why we've developed a guide to the most useful bathroom aids, to help your loved ones continue to enjoy their bathroom at home without having to compromise the design of the room. Here are some of our favourite most useful bathroom aids.

Bathroom aids for elderly and disabled

One of the biggest challenges for elderly people and those with disabilities is the accessibility of their bathroom, and whilst a modern aesthetically pleasing bathroom is something we all desire, we also need the functionality of the bathroom to suit our needs and be essentially 'future proof' ensuring we can live comfortably in our homes as we get older. Disability aids do not necessarily mean big overhauls and a changing of your rooms layout, in many cases, they may be changing the handles for the bathroom taps or perhaps adding a shower stool to ensure comfort. No matter what their situation may be, there are things you can do to make your elderly or disabled relative's bathroom a little easier by implementing some great disabled bathroom aids. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Bath Lifts

When it comes to elderly people, a bathroom lift is a valuable, if not indispensable, addition to any bathroom. The elderly will find a lot of benefits when using their bathroom lift, but in the same sense they may find it restrictive in some areas, for instance the bathroom floor needs to be level on the surface of the ground below, the same as when someone is using a walker, something that becomes impossible if you're using a lift when your bathroom is several feet above the ground. Whilst a bathroom lift can provide a viable solution for this problem, you need to make sure it's installed in the right place. Bath lifts are not always overall expensive and in cases where a heavier bath lift is required you may be able to receive a government grant for funding help. Bath lifts allow the disabled or elderly to easily assist themselves into the bath, this can be through a seat that rises and slowly descends into the bath, or with a bath hoist, however a hoist is slightly more expensive than a simple rise and descend lift.

Toilet safety frame

A toilet safety frame is a simple and effective way of reducing the risk of falls for those suffering from dementia and dementia-related conditions. It provides a safe support when moving around the toilet to make it more accessible. Toilet safety frames are brilliant as they require no installation, and can typically bought already assembled, however if you are purchasing them online bare in mind that it may be required to be assembled before use, alternatively a local provider would be able to build the frame for you at likely zero cost. Toilet frames also have different design features some made from aluminium and some from a plastic material, these can also be available with arm rests and be equip with a raised toilet seat if required.

Grab rails

Grab rails, are arguably one of the most essential disability and elderly aids around the house, they're easy to install and can benefit mobility around your home for years to come, without taking away from your homes design. As well as being able to be used for assistance with transfers, grab rails can also be used for support during dressing changes for people with minor injuries or disabilities. When considering grab rails in the bathroom these can be placed in multiple locations and wherever needed, for example you could place them either side of the toilet for those who struggle with getting up after being sat down, they could be placed within the shower area as a rail to hold on to whilst washing, and they could also be placed alongside the bath to prevent slipping.

Walk in bath or walk in showers

Walk in showers & baths are ideal for those who struggle getting in and out of the bath by lowering them, or for those who find it difficult to fit into smaller shower cubicle spaces.n. If you have limited mobility in your legs, an in floor walk in shower may be your best bet, as you will not require to step in and out of the shower, you could also include a shower chair to this to maximise comfort and minimise mobility issues. However when considering this installation you must consider the time it will take to install alongside the cost, however as previously mentioned with a disability adaptation like this you may be accepted for a local government grant which would cover some or in special circumstances most of the costs. Another thing to consider would be the design of your bathroom, as a walk in bath or shower would likely change the structure of your washroom and may require a further redesign after the installation is complete such as painting, redecorating etc.

Shower chair

What is it? Shower chairs have a extendable frame and a fully adjustable seat, enabling older or disabled people to sit comfortably in the water, to help with posture and encourage good circulation. Most have a handrailing to help those who may be unable to stand. Why it's useful? The chair might help someone with bad arthritis or muscle weakness to retain their strength, while also preventing osteoporosis or falling. These can typically be fitted into any standard shower and often come in a variety of sizes and styles, with more recent shower chairs being better designed to not stand out too much from your bathroom design, some even fold away for storage purposes.

To Sum Up, Having a number of bathroom aids, doesn't mean you have to compromise design & style of your home washroom, in fact you can design a perfectly modern disabled friendly bathroom with all the necessary functions you and your loved ones will need for the future, whilst still having a choice in the overall aesthetic of the room. Any one of these bathroom aids can help with mobility and accessibility in your bathroom, without costing too much money, you can typically source most of the products online and with the help of family or friends have them installed within minutes, however with the largest installations such as walk in showers you may want to confront with your local mobility providers.

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