Good disabled bathroom design will not only improve the independence for those with disabilities, but also improve well being in general. Here are Walk in Showers and Baths Ltd (WISAB) we specialise in disabled bathroom design. Creating a bathroom which is suitable for the disabled is not an easy task, but we have been installing disabled bathrooms for over 25 years. We will advise you on whether a level access shower or wet room is the best solution and what bathroom aids would be suitable. We have a great many disabled bath aids including shower seats, grab rails, screens, raised basins, raised toilet seat, bath lifts and more.
Disabled bathroom design can be both stylish and practical. Just because a person is disabled, that doesn’t mean they have to compromise on style. We all enjoy a soak in the bath or nice hot shower so there is no reason why anyone with disabilities shouldn’t enjoy this pleasure. The way to get the best disabled bathroom design is by understanding the disabilities and adapting the bathroom accordingly. We have designed and installed many disabled bathrooms for those with disabilities so know all the right questions to ask.
Questions We Ask
What bathroom activities do you need physical assistance with if any?
(those with carers may benefit from a split screen shower enclosure which is ideal for assisted bathing)
What activities can you do independently?
(this is so we know where to place grab bars)
Would you prefer a walk in bath tub or level access shower enclosure?
Does the bathroom design need to incorporate the use of a wheelchair?
(we will suggest a level access shower or wet room)
What disabled bathroom equipment could be of assistant?
(we have a number of disabled bathroom equipment which can be incorporated into the bathroom design)
Will your condition deteriorate over time?
(this is so we understand your needs in the future so your bathroom design can be adapted)
How many people share the bathroom?
(this is to find out if the bathroom needs to work for all family members)
These are just a few questions we ask. Depending on the answers to these question we may ask more. Specialist disabled bathroom design is not the same for everyone. Each handicapped person will have unique needs which is why we will ask lots of questions. Understand the disability is the most important part of planning the bathroom design.
Safety is paramount. Falls in the bathroom are very common but can easily avoided with careful planning and design. All of our baths have non slip surfaces and our showers have no slip shower trays. Bathrooms need to have a vertical grab rail mounted on the wall to aid users to get in and out of showers and baths safely. Ensuring that the bathroom design has adequate lighting is essential for safety, as is ventilation. Ventilation is important as moisture and dampness in a bathroom can be extremely hazardous and as a result are the cause of many slips or falls.
When a disabled bathroom design needs to incorporate the use of a wheelchair there needs to be enough manoeuvring space so a larger bathroom is required. There are many level access wetrooms and shower enclosures where the opening to the shower is level with the floor which allows a wheelchair user to wheel right in. The floor will be slightly sloped so water flows down to the drain.
The bathroom needs to be designed in such a way that there are no difficult-to-reach areas and all surfaces are easy to clean. All wall and floor surfaces in the shower need to be designed to drain water completely so mold will not appear. Flooring needs to be slip resistant, but again easy to clean.
Head over to our Disabled Shower page to see what modern designs and models we have available.
Also we can advice on applying for a disabled facilities grant. You can go to the governments website and read all about the Disabled Facilities Grants here https://www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants. The grant is available for all disabled regardless of whether you own or rent your property and it can help towards widening doors, installing ramps and even with a completely new downstairs bathroom. You also need to apply separately for planning permission or building regulations approval but again we can help you with this.
Disabled Bath Aids
We have a great selection of disabled bath aids which will aid you and keep you safe and able in the bathroom. We have reclining bath lifts, integrated shower seats, grab rails, screens, disabled fold up toilet roll holders, raised toilet seat and basins. If there are speciality disabled bathroom equipment required, the bathroom will be planned and designed to incorporate them.
Walk in Baths
We manufacture the very best walk in baths and supply and install them to the care sector as well as domestic clients. The care sector prefers to use our baths because they are stronger and built to last. We go that extra mile in the manufacturing as the frames are stainless steel and welded together, not bolted. We use three layers of high gloss gel coat and four layers of glass fibre. This adds more strength to the bath and ensures they last a lifetime. We also re-enforce all of the air jet and water jet holes and also apply a section of marine ply glass-fibre to the underside of the base. We are the only walk in bath manufacturer that does this which we believe gives us the edge.
Disabled Bathroom Design Survey
A full survey will take 90 minutes. During this time we can ascertain that the model of bath or shower will be exactly ideal for your unique circumstances. We will be asking lots of questions to ensure you get the best bathroom design now, and for your future needs.
For more information on creating the perfect disabled bathroom design contact us today on 0800 612 5954. Or those that live in the North call call 0161 870 2545 for the South call 0207 101 9340, for Midlands call 01952 457 991
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