Posts Tagged ‘bathing aids’

Bathroom Safety and Preventing Falls

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by morethan

According to the NHS, 6 out of 10 falls happen in a person’s home or garden, with one of the most common places being in the bathroom.

Slippery surfaces, poor lighting, loose mats, bending to wash and stepping into baths and showers are all factors for the higher number of falls in bathrooms, exacerbated by the necessity to visit the bathroom more frequently, particularly at night.

However healthcare experts also believe the majority of falls can be prevented with some changes to person’s lifestyle and home.

Below are our top 10 tips on preventing falls in your bathroom:

  1. Get rid of throw rugs. These slippery floor coverings are the main cause of household falls. If you just can’t part with them in the bathroom, secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backings.
  2. Put non-slip mats in your bathtub and shower to help prevent falls. To combat tripping, secure any loose corners on mats.
  3. Keep the bathroom floor dry, making sure it has no water on it. A weighted shower curtain will help ensure that no water leaks onto the floor.
  4. Place grab bars or grab rails in or around the bathtub, shower and toilet. When installed properly and securely, they’ll help you balance as you stand or sit and give you something to hold on to if you do slip.
  5. Your bathroom should be adequately lit during the day. At night, put a nightlight on the path to the bathroom which comes on when it detects movement. Within the bathroom, use a night light, or install an illuminated switch.
  6. If your toilet seat is low, consider buying a toilet seat extender or a toilet with a higher seat. That way you can get up safely and with less effort.  Also you might want to consider a toilet surrounding frame to go around the toilet to help.
  7. Put a bath board or bench or shower stool in the shower or bathtub. You’ll then have a place to sit when washing and there is less chance of slipping.
  8. Equip your shower with a handheld or adjustable shower head. You can manoeuvre it where you want it, minimizing your movement in the shower. Also, you can use it while sitting safely on your bath seat or bench.
  9. Take your time. The more you rush, the more likely you are to fall.

10. If you struggle with getting in and out of bath then you might want to consider a lightweight bath lift.

At More Than Mobility we have a huge range of bathroom and toileting products available. If you are in need of a new bath, shower or some safety bathing mobility products please visit our website or check out our top five best-sellers:

Suction Grab Bars

12” suction cup grab bars. Grab bars provide stability and support and are commonly fitted in bathrooms and toilets where support while standing sitting or walking is often required. Price £6.99

Shower/Bath Stool

Lightweight, aluminium shower/bath stool.  Portable, height adjustable with anti-slip rubber feet.  Price £22.99

Rubber Shower Mat – Shower Mats

Avoid slip and falls in the shower with the rubber shower mat. Increase safety and confidence inside the shower, or place on the bathroom floor to assist with getting in and out of the bath or shower safely. Price £7.99

Toilet Seat & Frame

Sturdy, height adjustable toilet seat and frame designed to raise height of existing toilet to ease sitting down and standing up.  Non-slip.  Price £32.99

Bath Step

Slip resistant portable bath step that makes getting in and out of the bath easily and safely.  Adds up to 4” to the step.  Price £14.99

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

Take a Look At Our Range of Bathing Products

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by morethan

Our ranges of bathroom aids are specifically designed to give extra assistance if you become a little unsteady on your feet as you grow older. For many with mobility issues, it can be difficult to have a bath or shower efficiently and safely.  A lot of people find it awkward getting in and out of their bath or shower safely, particularly when they have no one around to help them.

Our bathing products and aids allow you to create an innovative, accessible bathroom that meets your needs and allow you to have independence at bath/shower time!

Walk In Baths

Walk in baths are available for all types of bathrooms.  From small walk in baths for areas that are not large enough for full size baths to full length walk in baths which can replace your existing bath.  All our walk in baths are leak-proof and easily accessible with thermostatic temperature control and two wastes so the baths empties twice as fast!  Call today for a free no obligation quote.

Walk in Showers

Walk in showers make showers accessible to those with mobility issues.  Whether you need a walk in shower that is wheelchair accessible, or a complete wet room, we can supply, build and install your walk in shower to meet your exact requirements.   From step in walk in showers to low level access walk in showers, call today for a free no obligation quote.

Bath Lifts

For those who wish for ease of access to their bath without having to install a new bath or shower, our selection of lightweight bath lifts is the ideal solution.   Easy to install and gently lifts you in and out of the bath.

Prices start from as little as £240!

Bathing Aids

We also provide a range of bathing aids that are designed to make the process of bathing easier.  Our selection includes bath boards, bath steps, bath rails, shower seats and stools, perching stools and grab bars to name a few.

Suction Grab Bars

These strong suction grab bars are easy to install and requires no tools.  Grab Bars provide stability and support and are commonly fitted in bathrooms and toilets where support while standing sitting or walking is often required.  Price:  £6.99

Portable Shower Bench

One-piece shower bench adds convenience, comfort and safety to the bathroom and it is portable for easy storage and travel.  The strong handle provides additional safety and stability for the user.  Price: £19.99

For our full range of bathing products and more information please visit our website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

Adapting Your Home To Stay Independent

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by morethan

If you, or someone living with you in your property, has a disability, an adaptation may help you to live more comfortably in your home.  Even simple equipment can mean the difference between living independently and needing someone to look after you.

You can buy your own equipment, but a social worker or occupational therapist can help make decisions about the equipment that would be most helpful and major work such as providing an extension, ground floor toilet or installing a lift

Type of adaptation work can include:

  • widening doors or installing ramps
  • minor work such as fitting a handrail, ramp or shower
  • providing a specially adapted room in which it is safe to leave a disabled person unattended
  • installing a stair lift so there is better access to a bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom
  • installing a downstairs bathroom or wet room
  • improving or installing a heating system which is suitable for the disabled person
  • adapting heating or lighting controls so that they are easier to use by a disabled person

How to get help with your adaptations?

If you are in a housing executive or housing association tenant

If you are living in a housing executive or housing association tenant, there will be no cost for the adaptation and your rent is unlikely to be increased unless substantial structural additions are made to your house. Your landlord, i.e. local district office or housing association will be able to advise you.

If you own your own home or if you live in a privately rented house

If you own your own home or live in a privately rented house your local Health and Personal Social Services Trust may be able to provide small minor works and lifts free of charge. You may also be eligible for grant aid (Disabled Facilities Grant or Home Repair Assistance Grant) towards the cost of adaptations which are not carried out by the Health Trusts. Landlords can also apply provided there is a person with permanent disability either living in the house or intending to live in the house once adaptation work has been completed.

The aim of the grants system is to provide financial help for those who can least afford to pay for having their home altered or improved. The amount of Disabled Facilities or Home Repair Assistance Grant you get will depend upon the cost of adaptations and your ability to pay for them. Therefore the amount of grant you will be given will be calculated by a form of means test called a Test of Resources (TOR). Where a Disabled Facility Grant is in respect of a dependent child the parents/guardians should not be subject to a Test of Resources assessment. Your local Grants Officer will be able to advise you further on this.

The grants office will work out how much you are able to pay towards the cost of the works. The amount of grant you receive, if any, will be the difference between the amount you need to pay and the total cost of the work eligible for grant.

If you want a rough idea of what you might need to pay, use our Ready Reckoner:  The maximum grant you may be given is £25,000 for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Under the Home Repair Assistance Grant you can get assistance up to a maximum of £5,000 over a three year period.

More Than Mobility has an extensive range of mobility products suited toadapting the home including handrails, ramps, stair-lifts and bathing aids. Do take a look at our website on the latest mobility products and services available.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team