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Using your bathroom

Washing

Lever taps on the sink and bath are easier to use. Liquid soap in a push-button/ push down dispenser is easier than using a bar of soap.

Getting in and out of a bath can be difficult. It isn't a good idea for someone to lift you in and out, as they could easily hurt their back or injure you. The following may help:

  • a non-slip bath mat
  • a grab rail
  • a bath board and seat
  • a powered bath seat lift.

Another option is a special walk-in bath, but installing one of these will be expensive.

A bath board and seat or powered bath seat

Showering

A grab rail and fold-down wall seat, shower stool or plastic garden chair in the shower will help you to shower comfortably and safely if you have a shower cubicle.

If your shower is over the bath you may find it safer to sit on a bath board (a slatted board placed across the top of the bath).

Large, level-access showers are often cheaper to install than a walk-in bath.

A walk-in shower

Drying yourself can be difficult if your joints are stiff and painful. Try these tips:

  • Put on a thick towelling dressing gown instead of drying yourself with a bath towel.
  • Use a microfibre towel – they're much lighter and you don't have to rub yourself. You can buy them from outdoor pursuit shops.

Bathing and personal care gadgets

Using the toilet

If your shoulders, hips and knees are stiff or painful, getting up from the toilet and reaching to clean yourself can be difficult. Equipment that can help includes:

  • a grab rail beside the toilet
  • a raised toilet seat
  • a frame surrounding the toilet to push up from
  • a bottom-wiping gadget
  • a portable bidet which fits onto a standard toilet pan
  • an automatic flushing toilet with built-in bidet, which washes and dries you.

You can get advice on bathroom equipment from Disabled Living Centres (contact Assist UK for your nearest centre), occupational therapists or specialist shops.

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