Access and ease of use of the shower are paramount to a person with special needs. Shower enclosures and fittings are now available which are both stylish and contemporary and are designed with inclusivity in mind.
Shower enclosures and trays
These may be installed with or without doors. If doors are fitted a huge range of options are available and those with 360į hinge are particularly useful. Sliding and conventional hinged panels provide easy access for the user. Using a half-height door screen helps carers assist with showering, whilst maintaining some privacy.
A fold down shower seat can be installed on a suitably prepared wall within the enclosure.
Walk in Showers
Easy access showers allow improved entry to people who have limited mobility or use a wheelchair. The ability to shower without assistance gives you more independence and an easy access / walk in shower can make a huge difference.
Wheelchair users may find the use of a wet room very beneficial. A wet room is a fully water tight bathroom. The entire floor slopes towards the drain which is fitted directly into the floor. The shower unit and controls are fitted to one of the walls within the wet room, typically behind one or more shower screen panels.
Wet rooms are growing in popularity in the UK and are now having a major impact on bathroom layout and design particularly for people with special needs.
Always try to ensure that slip resistant surfaces are used in your bathroom so that the risk of slipping or falling is minimised.
In the shower controls with a lever attachment make it easier to adjust both the flow and temperature of the shower.
More important than this, though, is to make sure your shower is fitted with a thermostatic control. This will ensure that you donít get scalded from uncontrolled hot water.
If the shower is being newly fitted have the control sited lower than usual to make it easier to adjust. Aldo consider having an extra-long hose for the shower handset.