One of the biggest risks when bathing if you use a wheelchair is the transfer. Moving from chair to bath or even shower seat can be quite dangerous and carries the risk of falling especially due to the slippery nature of the bathroom.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Creating a wetroom allows for the wheelchair user to stay in the chair while bathing. Often, people choose to use a wheelchair designed to be used in water. These are rust-proof and lack padding that may soak up the water.
Here’s how a wetroom installation can create a risk-free showering option for wheelchair users.
What Is a Wet Room?
A wetroom is a space that is designed to be completely accessible. It may be just a room with a drain and shower in the open so that the shower area is just part of the open plan, or it may be an enclosed space. Usually, sliding, or wide opening doors are used for this scenario. They allow plenty of space for the wheelchair to move through.
Most importantly, in a wet room, there is no lip to the shower area. It is the same level as the floor, to allow the wheelchair to easily roll right in. Eliminating the lip makes the space more accessible and the entire room is either waterproof, or the glass divisions prevent water from splashing into other areas of the room.
Benefits of a Wet Room
Wetrooms are more than just an easier way to bathe. They contribute beyond this to the mental health and self-sufficiency of the person using a wheelchair.
No one wants to rely entirely on others to bathe and even those who are quite independent may find it exhausting to transfer every day to shower. As a result, hygiene can become a challenge but one that is easily eliminated when you can use your wheelchair in the shower.
Since there are no transfers necessary and no worries about slipping, it’s possible for many people to bathe in private when they may not otherwise be able to.
Having a space that is built to work for you can be liberating and allows those using wheelchairs to be more self-sufficient. It’s a boost to their mental health and can feel great to be more independent.
A wetroom can drastically change the life of anyone in a wheelchair and makes life much simpler for everyone. However, a wet room isn’t exclusively for those in wheelchairs. Anyone with limited mobility can appreciate a lack of having to step into a shower.
Are you interested in learning more? Contact Bespoke Bathing today.