In the UK we have an aging population, and that means more people suffer with some form of disability or mobility problem, which is where we come in with our Walk in showers for the elderly and disabled to make bathing easier.
According to Government figures from last year there were over 11 million people in the UK with some form of long term illness, impairment or disability, which in most cases affected the mobility of the sufferer. Although the prevalence of disability rises with age, there are still 6% of children who suffer from some form of disability, as well as 16% of working age adults and 45% of adults over state pension age.
These disability figures are increasing and are directly linked to the UK’s aging population. Age UK reports that for the first time in the UK’s history, there are 11 million people aged 65 or over, and 22.7 million who are over 50. So if you or a family member have some form of disability or a mobility problem and are having problems with bathing, then one of our walk in shower enclosures could make a big difference.
Once again, Age UK reports that a loss of mobility, whatever the reason, can make it much harder to bathe. At Able Access we understand this and our range of walk in disability showers, from walk in shower enclosures to cubicles are all designed to make your bathing experience easier and more enjoyable.
If you prefer a bath, our walk in baths have a door as part of their design so you can get in and out without having to climb over the side. However, it may be a better option to remove the bath altogether and install a level access, walk in shower.
We recognise that everyone’s needs are different, so the first thing we do is talk to you to see what you really need. We then go on to design and fit your new walk in shower, project managing it all along the way, so that what you get is exactly what you wanted, with no fuss or bother.
Working closely with healthcare professionals and occupational therapists means we approach the design of your new walk in shower or walk in bath differently to our competitors, concentrating on the following key factors:
The less mobile the person, the larger the area that is needed for turning. Sounds obvious, but in our experience all too often baths are replaced with shower cubicles that do not allow for a large enough turning circle, which defeats the object of instsalling a shower in the first place.
Most shower trays and walk in baths that are fitted must be strong enough to bear the not only the weight of the user but also to allow assistance from family members or carers. Without sufficient strength, the product will cracks and leak, causing damp problems after the installation.
The higher the step into a walk in bath or shower the more core strength is required. Often stepping out of the shower or bath is far more dangerous than stepping in. For that reason, the correct safety flooring or use of a level access showering solution can help prevent falls and reduce resulting hospital admissions in the longer term.
It is very easy to overlook the possibility of being scolded by hot water, especially where walk in baths are concerned. Walk in baths are filled with the user already sitting in the bath. If the correct temperature controls are not installed and calibrated, users can easily be burned.
Some installations use pumps to bring water to and from your walk in shower, which in our experience can result in costly maintenance issues later on. We always try to design and install a natural gravity based drainage system.
Remember that for walk in baths, all the water has to flow out of the bath before the user can open the door. If the time taken for the water to flow out is too long, it can lead to users sitting in a cold bath for a while whilst waiting for the water to empty. The time for the bath to empty should be measured at installation, and alterations made, if required, to reduce the time the user is left sitting in cold water waiting for the bath to empty.
To find out more about how we can help you or a family member enjoy a better bathing experience with a new disability shower, contact us or call us on 0121 382 1814, for a free, no obligation in home consultation.