Taking a bath or shower is something that many of us take for granted, but age- and health-related mobility issues can make regular showering extremely difficult.
Often disabilities like this creep up on us slowly. We gradually find it harder to get in and out of the bath without assistance and even using a conventional shower can be challenging.
The good news is that most bathrooms can be easily adapted without having to completely renew the entire bathroom.
In this quick guide, we will explore the advantages of walk-in showers and how these bathroom mobility adaptions can make your life easier.
What is a walk-in shower?
A walk-in shower is a modern showering solution that doesn’t require a curb or tub to step over in order to get in. This feature allows people with mobility issues to get in and out of the shower tray easily. In addition, walk-in showers often make bathrooms look more spacious and contemporary.
What is the difference between conventional showers and walk-in showers?
The main difference between conventional showers and walk-in showers is that standard showers feature a shower tray that is raised to accommodate the drainage outlet underneath and a high threshold to contain the water generated by the shower, whereas walk-in showers have a lower level access and use an efficient drain in the floor.
What are the different types of walk-in showers?
There are 2 different types of walk-in showers: low-level access showers and level access showers.
- A low-level access shower differs from a conventional shower in that the shower tray sits much closer to the level of the bathroom floor, with a threshold of 60 mm (2.4 inches) or less to step over. This provides safe and easy entry and exit for anyone who finds it difficult to raise their feet far from the ground.
- A level access shower sits even lower, with a threshold of 10 mm (0.4 inches) or less, presenting even less of a trip hazard and making unassisted wheelchair access possible.
What are some other benefits of having a walk-in shower?
Walk-in showers are especially designed for people with mobility issues, so the floor of the shower features a slip-resistant texture.
If you need a larger showering area and space is available there is also a range of sizes to choose from, with something guaranteed to fit your requirements, be they for wheelchair access, a fixed or folding shower seat, or room for a carer to assist you (a carer-height screen can also be fitted to keep them dry while they help you shower).
But a walk-in shower is more than a practical solution. Its low profile is less obtrusive than a conventional shower and reflects the sleek, minimalist look of modern bathrooms.
How easily is it to replace my bath with a walk-in shower?
One of the best features of walk-in showers is that many of them are designed to fit exactly the same footprint as a conventional bath tub.
This means that adapting your bathroom from a bath to a walk-in shower is extremely easy – in some cases the conversion can be completed in less than a day, although any additional requirements may extend the installation time.
How can EA Mobility help?
As a specialist bathroom adaptation company, we have many years of experience and a wide range of solutions that can be tailored to your individual needs.
Every client’s needs are different, which is why we like to start with a visit from one of our home assessors. This is completely free and without any obligation to use EA Mobility for your bathroom adaptation.
It’s also an opportunity for us to get to know you personally and to assess your needs while giving you professional, unbiased and personal advice on how your bathroom can be adapted.
If you choose to use EA Mobility for a walk-in shower or to convert your existing bath or shower to a walk-in shower, our friendly and professional fitting team will ensure the work is carried out with minimal disruption and to your satisfaction.
To book a visit from one of our home assessors, please call us on 0800 468 1023 or fill out our online Contact Form and we will respond promptly.