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Arthritis and Mobility in the Bathroom

As any sufferer knows, there are many forms of arthritis (over 100), but the one thing most of them have in common is painful joints, so when it comes to movement in the house, and in particular the bathroom, it makes everyday facilities such as taps and showers harder to use, and adds an extra element of danger in terms of slips, falls, and other accidents.

Even though arthritis has been with us since the dinosaur age (yes, dinosaurs suffered from arthritis too - the evidence can be found in their bones), the first officially recorded description of it was by Dr Augustine Landre-Beauvais in 1800 (rheumatoid, as a type, was recognised and added 59 years later by Dr Alfred Garrod).

Hippocrates, the father of medicine also described something similar over 2,000 years ago (he put it down to some kind of mischievous demon though).

Walking

Gout is a form of arthritis (although not many people realise that) and like all forms of joint pain where it affects the leg, means it's not just hard to walk, it's harder to walk any kind of distance, so even a trip to the bathroom can become painful and problematic for some people.

Add to that the problem of steps, and it makes complete sense to convert a standard bathroom with a shower to a wetroom (the advantage being a completely flat and level floor with no obstacles at all).

Wheelchairs and Arthritis

When the pain gets really bad, using a wheelchair makes sense. This is why specialist mobility bathroom fitters such as Eastern Adaptations recommend wheelchair friendly wash basins.

These basins have no pedestal or other obstructions to get in the way, so you can roll a wheelchair right up to the sink. Height is also important, so that is taken into consideration too to ensure wheelchair users have the facilities they need.

Shower Units

Shower units come in many styles, but there are four critical areas that need to be checked for people with arthritis.

The first is wheelchair access. Whether you choose to go for a full wetroom or enclosed shower, the entrance obviously has to be made wide enough to accommodate both manual and electric wheelchairs. And crucially, the shower floor should also be level with the bathroom floor.

Second, the shower controls must be easy to operate. Arthritic joints in the hands are painful enough even if sufferers still have the strength to adjust the control. Long levered taps are one option.

Third, the shower height needs to be taken into consideration. An easy to adjust height is ideal where many members of a family have use of the shower, otherwise for wheelchair users, a lower height shower may be important.

Fourth, grab rails matter a lot. They should be easy to grab - especially for people with arthritic hands. They must also have a good gripping area to avoid slips and subsequent falls.

Baths

These days there are a large choice of baths for those with any kind of ailment including baths with side doors so you can walk straight in. There are also upright baths where you can stay standing, and it's also possible to get baths with hoists and chairs to allow easy immersion into a bath.

Wash Basins

As mentioned in the wheelchair section, washbasins without pedestals are ideal for people who need to get close to a basin, but the crucial factor are the taps and their ease of use. Again, like the control for a shower these need to be easy to turn on and off, so long levered taps or low friction controls are necessary.

Summary

Anyone with arthritis who is having difficulty using the bathroom should ask for advice from a mobility bathroom specialist such as Eastern Adaptations, who will be happy to explain anything you need to know in detail.

You can also arrange for a free home assessment to find out what you need and how much it will cost. Eastern Adaptations works with medical professionals where required, so you'll always be in safe hands.

They are regulated by the Consumers Association and the British Healthcare Trades Association. Call 0800 955 8810 during normal office hours or leave a message at any other time.

At Eastern Adaptations, we have been helping those less-abled in the comfort of their own home for years. Whatever the shape or size room we have to work with, we can transform your space into an less-abled friendly, instantly accessible bathroom. If your needs include the use of a wheelchair this is not a problem for us. We will come up with a solution that will facilitate this.

Creating or adapting an existing bathroom into one that's friendly to people with any kind of disability is more than an art, it's a science. This is why we work with medical experts to ensure we deliver the best possible result for our clients.


It's also why we're able to source specialist equipment where it's necessary to do so. And it's not just the simpler things like walk-in bathing, it's also about hoists and specialist toilet equipment.


If you're not sure whether your needs can be fulfilled, give us a call on 0800 955 8810 and we'll be happy to advise.

Every accessible bathroom we install is unique because we customise its design with the user in mind. We’re here to listen, so we can tailor our services to your exact requirements – we want you to feel safe and comfortable in your very own home. Our main focus is to provide a simple solution that’s no-fuss and gives a stylish, functional finish.

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We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to installing a new bathroom due to its regular use, which is why we get the job right the first time around. You choose what it is you need, whether that’s a comfort height toiletwet room or level access showers, and we will make that seamless transformation.

Eastern Adaptations are a close-knit team who offer extensive knowledge and experience with reduced mobility and disabled clients. We’re invested both professionally and personally because we want you to feel comfortable and settled at home – we will facilitate the entire process from the first phone call to the final installation.

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