Washing, bathing and using the toilet

21st February 2012

The loss of your  mobility and balance can make it increasingly difficult to wash and shower/bathe  or to use the toilet in a standard bathroom.

Bath lifts of varying designs are available to make it easier for you to get in and out of the bath. These usually consist of a seat or platform that can be raised or lowered to support your weight as you get in and out and allow you to sit in the bath to wash. There are also baths that have a door so you can enter without having to climb over the side.

Depending on your needs it may be better to remove the bath altogether and install a ‘wet room’ or level-access shower, which often have a wall-attached seat to assist those who cannot stand for long periods.

Other items in the bathroom can also be tailored to meet your needs. A wall-mounted sink may allow you to get closer and wash more comfortably if you are a wheelchair user. This and other facilities can be set at the right height for someone who is in a wheelchair or using a mobile shower seat.

If you are unable to clean yourself after using the toilet, ‘hands free’ toilets are available that include a washing and drying function while you are still seated.

In many houses, toilets are sited in small, narrow rooms, which can be inaccessible. It may be necessary to move the toilet or create one toilet /bathroom with enough space for you to move around safely and comfortably.