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Ability Bathe | March 23, 2023

Creating Disability-Friendly Bathrooms: Wet Room Ideas For Disabled People

Creating Disability-Friendly Bathrooms: Wet Room Ideas For Disabled People

If you need some disabled wet room ideas, we have plenty to share.

Many bathrooms designs aren’t accessible enough for disabled people, for a variety of reasons. For example – the sink is too low, the bath is difficult to get into, or there’s a high risk of slipping.

The risk of injury is even greater for the elderly, and according to the NHS, more than half of people over 80 will have at least one fall a year. While most will go unscathed, falling in a bathroom is riskier, as there are plenty of hard objects.

A wet room – different from a bathroom, in that the entire space is used as a bathing area – is a good way to improve accessibility.

It requires some adjustments, but for disabled people, the government may lend a helping hand. 

You can apply for up to £30,000 from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your living accommodation.

In this article, we’ll explore some different disabled bathroom ideas to help make any home safer.

Accessible basins

To start exploring different disabled wet room ideas, let’s start with the smaller units, before we turn our attention to the bath and shower.

There are several ways to make a bathroom basin easier to use:

  • By raising it slightly, it reduces the need to bend over when washing your hands
  • By mounting it on the wall, it creates space underneath for a stool or chair
  • A rounded basin instead of a rectangular one with sharp edges, to better protect someone at risk of losing their balance

There should also be enough space around the basin to make moving around easier.

Raised toilets

For a more accessible toilet, possibilities include:

  • Installing a raised toilet – again, this will reduce the amount of bending required, making it easier to get on and off
  • Having a sensor-based flush rather than a handle-based one
  • Installing a grab bar or safety rail

Here’s a showcase example of how seamlessly railing can be installed alongside a toilet unit.

A safety rail can also incorporate a paper roll holder, to help utilise bathroom space more efficiently.

Accessible baths

There’s room for plenty of creativity when it comes to disabled wet room ideas – for help getting in and out of the bathtub, options include:

  • A walk-in bathtub, designed for those with limited mobility in their legs
  • A bath lift, transfer bench, or electric hoist for those with limited mobility in their arms
  • A bath seat, board, or cushion, for greater physical support inside the bathtub
  • Non-slip mats inside the tub to stop a bath seat from moving, and/or outside the tub if the floor is slippery
  • Non-slip grab rails, providing sturdy support when getting up or sitting down

Water jets are also a popular feature – these can help with muscle pain or arthritis, for example.

Accessible showers

Here are some of the possibilities for shower units:

  • Installing a walk-in shower, which is less confined 
  • Installing a handrail
  • Setting up a shower seat, for safe and comfortable washing

Here is a showcase example of a shower seat we’ve installed.

There are several other benefits of walk-in showers. For example, they’re easy to clean and more hygienic.

When thinking about creative disabled wet room ideas, there’s also the potential to incorporate spa-like features in a more accessible shower.

How about a rain shower head, for extra comfort and warmth? Or multiple shower heads, offering different water stream pressures?

Other disabled wet room ideas

Here are some other ways of improving a disabled bathroom design:

  • Cupboards: These should be within easy reach, without needing to stretch or bend too far
  • Sloping floors: To ensure excess water drains properly, particularly useful for completely open walk-in showers

There are several ways of improving a disabled bathroom layout – sometimes it’s as simple as moving a shelf to a more convenient area.

Summary: Disabled wet room ideas – creating disability friendly bathrooms

We hope this article has given you some new disabled wet room ideas.

Just a few changes can make any bathroom safer – and often, more spacious, even for the smallest rooms.At Ability Bathe, we can adapt any wet room or bathroom to make it more accessible – please get in touch with us for more information.

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