Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Bathrooms should be equipped to suit their users - including those with limited mobility. To make sure everyone can access the shower or bath without risk of falling, there are some really helpful accessories available: non-slip mats, hold bars and shower seats.
- Different types
- Safety accessories
Non-slip bathroom mats
Placed on the bottom of the bath, a non-slip mat can prevent falls, safeguarding both young and old alike. These mats often come with suckers or anti-slip strips for optimal adherence to the surface of the bathtub. Non-slip mats come in a variety of types:
- wooden duckboard, for an attractive touch
- perforated rubber, for safety, comfort and style
- combi-type, to use inside or outside the bath
- with a temperature gauge
The size and shape of the mat depends on whether it's for use in a shower or bath; colour can be an important factor for some people.
Bathroom safety accessories
There are a few other accessories that play a key role in ensuring safety and accessibility for elderly and limited-mobility people in your bathroom.
This accessory lets less mobile individuals use the shower independently without fear of falling. Shower seats are available in a few different variants.
Folding shower seat
Fixed to the wall, these models have a collapsible kickstand over the shower tray. The stand ensures stability when the seat is in use.
Mobile shower seat
In the form of a stool or with a backrest, this type of seat can easily be moved from one room to another.
This accessory is perfect for aiding limited-mobility users into the bath. It might also be sold as a hold bar and basically gives a secure handhold while climbing into the bath, sitting down or standing up into a shower - as well as to maintain balance while showering. Bathroom frames are available in a range of types:
- straight, placed at a 45° to the floor to give an easy handhold
- bent to help with turning
- multiple smaller handles for easier access and turning
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Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides
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