Choosing Bathroom Equipment
A guide to choosing the right Bathroom Equipment
When getting in and out of the bath gets more challenging, or when standing up in a shower becomes difficult, there are a number of options that we offer that present you with both security and comfort. Please read our buying guide to help you decide which product/s or range of products will meet your needs best.
Shower Seats and Stools
These come in a very large range of sizes and styles. The size you select depends on the size of the shower that you are using. Smaller ones or ones with a triangular seat work well in a corner shower, whereas level entry showers can take larger and wider models. Armrests offer more support when getting on and off the seat and a backrest can also be helpful if you need more support or fatigue easily. Height adjustable legs can ensure that the seat remains stable if the base of the shower isn't completely level (most shower trays are slightly uneven).
Shower seats are water resistant and are normally made from slip resistant moulded plastic and some also have holes for water drainage. You might want to consider the weight of the shower chair or stool if other family members also use the shower and need to move it on a regular basis.
Grab Rails and Bars
Which can be strategically placed and give you support and assistance getting in and out of the shower or bath. We recommend you get a builder or handyman to permanently attach these to your walls. There are also suction style grab rails which are ideal for short term use, or to take away with you when you go on holiday etc. They need to be fixed to a clean, smooth, dry surface before use.
These sit across the bath and are secured in place with adjustable brackets. Some have holes in the surface that allow for drainage. To get on to it, you need to sit on the board at the edge of the bath and then slide towards the middle of the board. You then transfer your legs into the bath (sometime a bath step can help make this easier).
Once sitting on the bath board with your feet both in the bath, you can either wash using a hand-held spray shower, or can lower yourself into the bath itself – or a bath seat – so you can have part of your body within the water.
The bath board needs to be a similar width to your bath to ensure it remains stable when you are getting on and off it. It is normally fitted to the bath using the adjustable brackets ensuring they are adjusted so they are flush with the inner sides of the bath. It is a good idea to regularly check that these remain tight to ensure that the board remains as stable as possible.
Grab rails alongside the bath can also assist with getting on and off bath boards. Some boards also have a handle incorporated in them, which should be placed on the wall side of the bath. The handle works to give you extra stablity and support while getting on and off the board.
These sit on the bottom of the bath and can be used to sit on while bathing or as a pathway to help you get to the bottom of the bath. The bath seat normally has four suction feet that ensures it sits firmly on the bottom of the bath and stays in place while the user is getting in or out.