Walk in shower or walk in bath – what’s best for you?

When you are planning a new mobility friendly bathroom in Edinburgh then one of the biggest dilemmas you will face is whether to install a walk in shower or a walk in bath. It is a situation many people face as you usually only have the space for one or the other so which should you choose?

Consider the type of mobility issues you face

Often, the debate of walk in shower vs. walk in bath depends on the type of mobility problems you face and whether or not they are likely to deteriorate. A walk in shower offers the advantage of everything being on one level. If you have sight problems, use a wheelchair or have an age related condition such as Alzheimer’s, which can affect a person’s ability to judge depth and differentiate between flooring, even just a small step in may pose a risk to trips and falls.

Those who struggle to stand for long period of time may prefer a walk in bath however; shower seats can be installed to make showering easier if standing for long periods of time causes difficulty.

Personal preference

Often, the decision of bath or shower comes down to personal preference. Many people much prefer a daily shower whereas others prefer a long soak in the bath. Both have therapeutic benefits and it is always important to consider the personal preferences of the person who will be using the bathroom the most.

Here at BMAS, we have years of experience providing mobility friendly bathrooms and wetrooms in Edinburgh, and we know only too well how difficult the choice can be. However, we can give good advice on what we feel would suit your needs, allowing you to find the decision making process that little bit easier.

 

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Walk in shower or walk in bath – what’s best for you?

When you are planning a new mobility friendly bathroom in Edinburgh then one of the biggest dilemmas you will face is whether to install a walk in shower or a walk in bath. It is a situation many people face as you usually only have the space for one or the other so which should you choose?

Consider the type of mobility issues you face

Often, the debate of walk in shower vs. walk in bath depends on the type of mobility problems you face and whether or not they are likely to deteriorate. A walk in shower offers the advantage of everything being on one level, whereas with a walk in bath there is a small step to navigate. If you have sight problems, use a wheelchair or have an age related condition such as Alzheimer’s, which can affect a person’s ability to judge depth and differentiate between flooring, even just a small step in may pose a risk to trips and falls.

Those who struggle to stand for long period of time may prefer a walk in bath however; shower seats can be installed to make showering easier if standing for long periods of time causes difficulty. Walk in baths do have the advantage of sitting in warm water however so an older person may get cold quicker using a walk in shower.

Personal preference

Often, the decision of bath or shower comes down to personal preference. Many people much prefer a daily shower whereas others prefer a long soak in the bath. Both have therapeutic benefits and it is always important to consider the personal preferences of the person who will be using the bathroom the most.

Here at BMAS, we have years of experience providing mobility friendly bathrooms and wetrooms in Edinburgh, and we know only too well how difficult the choice can be. However, we can give good advice on what we feel would suit your needs, allowing you to find the decision making process that little bit easier.

 

Walk in Bath

Walk in shower or walk in bath – what’s best for you?

When you are planning a new mobility friendly bathroom in Edinburgh then one of the biggest dilemmas you will face is whether to install a walk in shower or a walk in bath. It is a situation many people face as you usually only have the space for one or the other so which should you choose?

Consider the type of mobility issues you face

Often, the debate of walk in shower vs. walk in bath depends on the type of mobility problems you face and whether or not they are likely to deteriorate. A walk in shower offers the advantage of everything being on one level, whereas with a walk in bath there is a small step to navigate. If you have sight problems, use a wheelchair or have an age related condition such as Alzheimer’s, which can affect a person’s ability to judge depth and differentiate between flooring, even just a small step in may pose a risk to trips and falls.

Those who struggle to stand for long period of time may prefer a walk in bath however; shower seats can be installed to make showering easier if standing for long periods of time causes difficulty. Walk in baths do have the advantage of sitting in warm water however so an older person may get cold quicker using a walk in shower.

Personal preference

Often, the decision of bath or shower comes down to personal preference. Many people much prefer a daily shower whereas others prefer a long soak in the bath. Both have therapeutic benefits and it is always important to consider the personal preferences of the person who will be using the bathroom the most.

Here at BMAS, we have years of experience providing mobility friendly bathrooms and wetrooms in Edinburgh, and we know only too well how difficult the choice can be. However, we can give good advice on what we feel would suit your needs, allowing you to find the decision making process that little bit easier.

 

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The Importance of grab rails for your bathroom.

Grab rails are important when putting your mobility and health difficulties first, and when installing wetrooms or mobility bathrooms, the correct placement is vital to effective use. Here at BMAS Edinburgh, we know this is relevant for people of all ages, if you or a member of your household would feel they need additional support in a bathroom.

We know it is commonplace to suffer a bathroom fall due to wet surfaces, yet people can seem reluctant to fit grab rails. If you have reduced strength, suffer pain poor balance or dizziness or low sight, grab rails will be important for:

  • Extra support confidence and stability when getting in and out of the bath or shower.
  • Reduced risk of falls and improved safety if feeling unwell.
  • Taking the pressure off your joints or other painful body areas.
  • Improved independence and peace of mind.

In addition, correct positioning and a non-slip surface is crucial for optimum benefit:

  • Vertical positioning: Perfect for helping you stand from a bath seat or shower seat. Ideal for your shower entrance, above a bath or within a wetroom.
  • Horizontal positioning: A wall fixed rail approx 10cm above the rim of the bath, can be very helpful for for standing to get out of your bath. Our BMAS installers will position it in an ideal spot for your bathing needs.
  • Diagonal positioning: A slight downwards sloping rail is ideal if you have wrist weakness, because you can rest your forearms on it for extra support. Or an angled or right-angled rail may be more suitable for you.

Our BMAS staff will help you to gain optimum safety, by fitting the correct size and type for any bathroom or wetroom in Edinburgh or the surrounding area – why not call today for a no-obligation quotation?

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Shower Seats – How To Measure Up Correctly.

At BMAS, we want you to feel safer when showering and bathing in your bathroom. Shower seats are perfect if illness fatigue or pain prevents you from standing for long enough and we know that a durable and correctly shaped seat will provide long-term comfort and safety. Just like grab rails, installing a shower seat in your bathroom will make showering much easier and safer for you and further reduce the risk of falls.

  • Height: Measure from the back of your knee to the floor without footwear. Your feet should feel supported when sitting. If you need to use a raised toilet seat do bear this in mind.
  • Depth: Measure when sitting on a dining chair or wheelchair, from the back of your buttocks to the back of your knee. You’ll need ample depth to feel safe.
  • Width: Can you stand without the need to push up with your arms or do you prefer to use chairs with arms? If you need arm rests allow approx. 50cm in total plus elbow room, whereas a more basic seat may only need to be around 38cm wide.

Consider whether a simple platform will be adequate or whether you require more support from a contoured seat. You may need padding for back support, or a supportive seat may be required if without arm rests you could slide off.

Seats for shower cubicles or wetrooms tend to be wall mounted, which is ideal for stability and style. Our team are specialists in helping you select the safest shower seat for your needs, so why not call for advice and assistance with getting a shower seat in your bathroom that’s right for you?