Reasons to Install a Disabled Wet Room
There can be many reasons why a person’s mobility or balance may be affected; from old age to a temporary injury or long term disability. Whatever the reason, if you’re finding it more difficult to complete day to day tasks such as climbing the stairs, washing or dressing, then you may need some extra help to ensure you can continue to live in comfort and independence.
If you’ve been thinking about making some changes to make life easier, then installing a disabled access wet room in your home brings many benefits if you or a loved one are finding that bathing isn’t as easy as it used to be. A wet room is the ideal solution for anyone less mobile or with a disability as it offers a safe, large space to shower comfortably either aided or unaided. If you’ve been thinking about adapting your bathroom to better accommodate you or someone else in your home, read on to find out why a disabled wet room is an excellent option.
What is a wet room?
A wet room is a completely waterproofed or tanked bathroom area which includes a shower at the same level as the rest of the floor. Instead of a shower cubicle or shower head over the bath, in a wet room, the water drains away into a flush drain on the shower floor.
If you’re installing a wetroom for someone elderly or with a disability there are many adaptations that can be made, such as adding balance bars to hold onto or adding a shelf or seat to enable sit-down washing.
What to consider before installing a disabled wet room
There are many advantages to installing a wet room, but it’s still important to consider your individual needs and the layout of your home before going ahead.
You’ll first need to assess the needs of whoever will be using the wet room – is their mobility level stable or could it decline over time? In some cases, a nurse may perform a mobility assessment to determine the best course of action and provide advice or recommendations of mobility aids which can help. You should also take into account whether the user is left or right-handed, as this will affect where you place any balance bars or other aids so that they can be grabbed onto easily.
You’ll also need to think about any other mobility aids currently being used; will they be entering the wet room using a walking stick, frame or wheelchair? If so, it’s important to make sure there’s enough room to accommodate any extra aids and ensure that the floor is suitable and non-slip.
In many cases, the wet room will need to have the space to accommodate a carer too, whether this is in a private home or a retirement or care facility. If this is the case, then the wet room will need to adhere to certain health and safety standards as it will also be a place of work. You’ll also need to ensure that there’s enough room for the carer to comfortably assist the individual, especially if they’re wheelchair user.
Most homes will have space to convert a bathroom into a wetroom, but if your bathroom is particularly small then you may have to consider knocking down a wall or making other building alterations to open up the space. If the person using the wetroom is in a wheelchair then you’ll also need to make sure there’s adequate room for the chair to manoeuvre and turn around.
In some cases, the existing bathroom space will be big enough but you’ll need to widen doorways to allow for a wheelchair to pass through easily. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a full bathroom remodel (or if you need additional work like the demolition of a wall), consider adding simpler mobility aids such as bath rails or a shower chair.
Reasons to install a disabled wetroom
There are many benefits to be gained by installing a disabled wet room, including extra safety and the ability to shower comfortably, either alone or with the help of carers. If you’d like to know more about the advantages of installing a disabled wet room, read on.
The floor of a wet room is all on one level, removing the need to step in and out of a shower cubicle or bath. This drastically reduces the chances of people falling or slipping as they try to get in or out of the shower, so wet rooms are a very safe option for anyone with a disability or limited mobility.
Wet room floors are also designed using non-slip mosaic tiles, so users don’t have to worry about slipping or falling when the floor is wet.
The spacious size of a wet room means that they can be easily adapted to include added bathroom aids such as a shower chair or balance rails to hold on to. There’s also a lot of flexibility when it comes to layout and design, with plenty of tile colours and patterns to choose from and the option to include a shower screen for added privacy.
A wet room is a great choice if your bathroom is on the smaller side, as the way they’re designed allows for a much bigger waterproof shower area. You can also make the area feel more spacious by choosing lighter coloured tiles. Using a wheelchair in a regular shower cubicle simply wouldn’t be possible, but with a wet room, you have the space you need to accommodate a wheelchair or shower seat if needed.
Easy to clean and maintain
Wet rooms are generally lower maintenance than a traditional bathroom and are much easier to keep clean. It’s likely that cleaning will be difficult for anyone with mobility issues or a disability, so it’s useful to have a space which is easier to keep clean and tidy. As the whole floor is waterproof, most dirt and grime is simply washed away anytime somebody takes a shower.
They’re completely waterproof
A properly installed wet room is completely waterproof, meaning that users don’t have to worry about water overflowing or spilling out into other areas of the bathroom. This can be useful if it takes you a little while to get undressed and into the shower, but you like to have it running to make sure it’s nice and hot.
A wet room can increase the value of your home
You might not be thinking about selling anytime soon but adding a wet room can add value to the overall price of your home. Many buyers view a second shower room as a modern and desirable addition to a property, but it’s still useful to have a bath, so add a wet room in addition to a traditional bathroom if you have the space.
A Mobility Shop (NW) Ltd – Your Choice for Stylish, Accessible Mobility Bathrooms
If you’re looking to install a mobility bathroom or wetroom in your home, get in touch with the team at A Mobility Shop. We’re proud to offer a complete design and installation service and can work with you to design a bespoke bathroom based around your needs and requirements. Whether you’re after small alterations or a complete redesign, we have plenty of equipment and options available that can be tailored to you.
With options including walk-in showers, disabled wet rooms and easy access baths, we have everything you need, plus extras such as handrails or shower chairs. For more information, don’t hesitate to give us a call today or visit our website.