What is a wet room & what are its benefits?

What is a wet room & what are its benefits?

what is a wet room?

Wet rooms are a stylish, practical option to a shower. Wet room showers do not have a tray that you step over when entering or exiting the cubicle but are on the same level as the floor of the bathroom. This makes wet rooms ideal for those with limited mobility who don’t have to step over the slightly raised surface, and also wheelchair users who can manoeuvre into the showering space with much greater ease.

Despite their high-end look, a wet room can be installed on a budget and you don’t have to have an exceptionally large bathroom either.

There are wet room solutions available here at Mobility Plus that are cost-effective, space-saving and still stylish. Have a look at our beautiful range and view our wet rooms for small bathrooms, or see which option is best suited to your bathing needs.

How does a wet room differ from a walk-in shower?

The main way in which a wet room differs from a traditional walk-in shower is that instead of a having a built-in shower cubicle that includes a shower tray, the room itself forms the enclosure. This enclosure is built to be fully waterproofed, preventing leaks and water damage, complete with drainage for the water to escape.

View our range of wet room showers to see how a wet room can restore your confidence in bathing. We are always on hand to guide you through your options that are suited to your individual bathing needs.

What are the benefits of having a wet room?

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1. Wet rooms are practical

Wet rooms are extremely practical, especially for people with mobility issues because they don’t have to step over a bath edge or shower tray. Wet rooms also allow wheelchair access for those with very limited mobility who still want to retain their independence when bathing.

Wet rooms are typically reasonably large enclosures compared to a regular shower, which means carers are also able to assist the person in the wheelchair entering the wet room enclosure. This further makes wet rooms an ideal bathing option for those with limited mobility, and one of the most practical bathing options out there.

The Richmond Range is ideal for individuals looking for a custom-built wet room designed to create a calm and luxurious shower experience. There are lots of door and seating options available, so you can find the best solutions for your bathing needs.

2. They are customisable

Wet rooms are also hugely beneficial for those who require wide access and who might struggle with bi-fold doors. Customisable options are available, such as grab rails and shower seats. These options aid independent bathing as well as providing extra comfort in your new mobility bathroom.

These wet room accessories help to personalise your bathroom so you can make your space truly your own. Check out our full range of bathroom accessories to customise your mobility wet room according to your bathing needs.

3. Quality and design

As well as all of the practicalities of a wet room, the look and style of this bathing experience transform your bathroom into a luxurious, calming, clean and reassuring environment.

This look has grown in popularity after being featured on many interior design programmes over the last few years, and bathroom installation companies such as Mobility Plus are making wet rooms much more accessible than they once were.

Take a look at our range of walk-in showers, and walk-in baths to start designing your mobility bathroom.

Or request your free brochure or quote to see how we could transform your bathroom so you can bathe safely and with confidence again.

4 benefits of a high toilet

4 benefits of a high toilet

high toiletsStatistics show that around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have a minimum of one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls. The startling frequency of falls for those in this age bracket means that it’s crucial to make your home more mobility-friendly so as to prevent any falls from taking place.

One of the areas of a house where falls frequently take place is the bathroom, and more specifically when someone uses the toilet. Having a low toilet seat height means that people have to lower themselves down further, and this means the likelihood of slipping increases. Managing toileting activities is a very personal task, and being safe while using one should be a given.

One solution to this problem is having a high toilet seat. Having a toilet with a high seat is a great mobility addition to your bathroom, as it lowers this risk of falling, giving the person a greater sense of independence when looking after their hygiene.

It really shouldn’t be a luxury to feel confident and safe when using the loo, and so a high toilet seat is a must-have for anyone who’s experienced this issue and is concerned at all. With this in mind, here are the benefits of using a high toilet seat:

1. High toilets have stability

You may choose to opt for a high toilet seat with or without grab rails. However, we would recommend high toilet seats with additional support if you still feel you may need some extra help with your mobility.

The added height will put less stress on your knees and help you stand easier. This will also help with your confidence when using the bathroom.

2. They are safe

They increase safety as you are provided a durable base for sitting, making rising easier, helping you avoid slips and falls. If you position additional grab rails close to the toilet, it will help you move around the bathroom with an added safety and less risk.

3. They provide relief

Raised toilets relieve your joints from any added pressure. Those who suffer from arthritis tend to find it very difficult to bend joints. It isn’t an easy task, and it can be very painful as sufferers can experience severe discomfort. The high toilet seat will also reduce the squatting position we have usually do when we use the toilet.

4. High toilets are easy to fit

You can get high toilet seats that are simple to install, and it do not require much work. Typically, raised toilet seats have adjustable fixing brackets which secures the seat in place for ultimate stability. These brackets are normally on the sides, and back.

Not only is it easy to fit, but it’s also easy to clean too! Give it a quick wipe down with a toilet disinfectant or an antibacterial wipe, and you’re good to go.

Alternatively you can have a higher toilet pan fitted as part of any bathroom installed by Mobility Plus, speak to one of our team for details.

What should you consider?

There are a few different variations of these types of toilet seats, some seats have padding or durable plastic. When selecting your raised toilet seat, you may want to keep the following things in mind:

  • Size
  • Toilet lid or no toilet lid
  • Height

A high toilet seat or toilet can make a huge difference in your ability to use the bathroom independently. Additionally, as this allows you to be more independent, it may take a little pressure off from your carer. Most high toilet seats are easy to install and use too.

If you suffer from pain or limited mobility, these devices are an affordable way to get rid of bathroom embarrassment.

The benefits of a high toilet can really make a difference to your routine. It’s an important feature to have, that will help reduce toileting worries or concerns. Give yourself peace of mind. Feel free to request one of our free brochures, if you are looking to get your sanitaryware replaced when replacing your bath or shower. If you are trying to decide on a bathing solution, why not view our walk-in bath and shower selections.

Is it better to shower in the morning or evening?

Is it better to shower in the morning or evening?

Shower time

It’s a debate almost as contentious as whether to put jam or cream on your scone first. Which is better, a shower in the morning or the evening?

Whilst morning shower folk will tell you there’s nothing better than the refreshing blast of a shower first thing, those in the evening shower camp will rave about the blissful sleep they have when they slip into their bedsheets with squeaky clean hair and skin. So, who is right?

Lucky for you, in this article we lay the case for both sides to help you decide once and for all.

The Morning Shower

Pro: After a night of sleeping, a morning shower allows you to wash off any bacteria or sweat you may have accumulated whilst you were dreaming away. Particularly if you suffer from an oily complexion, which is likely to be all over your body and not just your face; a dip in the shower can quickly leave your skin feeling balanced and fresh.

Con: With similar thinking in mind, it is likely you will pick up more dirt and sweat throughout the daytime. Therefore, by sticking with your morning shower, you run the risk of heading to bed feeling grubbier with a build-up of bacteria on your body.

Pro: If you struggle with rousing after your alarm rings, a morning shower can be the perfect wake up call. Many people are now even turning to a quick blast from a cold shower before they commence their usual cleaning ritual to help them feel refreshed and ready for the day.

Science also backs this cold shower trend, with researchers showing benefits from reducing low mood and stress levels to a more robust immune response. A brief morning shower with a 15 to 30-second cold plunge has been shown to help with awakening and stimulating blood circulation.

Con: If you’re wrestling with poor sleep, then that may be the first thing you should address rather than working on waking yourself up! Poor sleep ensures you wake up feeling groggy, therefore by improving your nightly z’s using the warm shower technique before bed, you could feel more alert earlier in the day.

Pro: Morning showers encourage productivity. Studies show that a cool stimulating shower in the morning boosts productivity for the rest of the day. This is due to the time it gives you whilst under the spray of water. This time can be used to regroup and meditate before the day to come. Studies show that taking a shower can have a similar effect to meditation when it comes to brain waves, allowing your brain to enter the alpha state; known to be the perfect condition for big ideas and creativity.

Con: Your schedule may not allow for time in the shower. If you find yourself rushing from bed, to shower, to the car in the morning, then it may be better for your productivity to plan your shower for the night before. The benefits of meditation and inspiration will be totally lost if you are rushing to fit in a good wash!

Pro: A smooth shave and glowing skin. If you shave, then the morning shower is the best option here. Not only are you more alert in the morning, so less likely to cut yourself, but morning is the time when you have a surge of platelets (which help your blood to clot). What’s more, a hot, steamy shower will help to open pores and soften hairs, making for a more comfortable shave. Your skin will also appear more refreshed after a morning shower. Our skin cells relax overnight and are then stimulated by the water, prior to encountering any dirt, debris and free radicals from the outside world. This is particularly significant for acne-prone or oily skin.

Con: Be warned though, the temperature is important here. Although the morning shower may help your skin appear healthier, if you turn the heat up too far it will have the opposite effect. More so if you already suffer from dry or sensitive skin.

The Evening Shower

Pro: A morning shower may make your skin look refreshed, but dermatologists agree that an evening shower is better for your skin because it cleanses it before you sleep. This removes pollutants, which if accumulated, will produce free radical damage and cause inflammation. It also feels great to have metaphorically ‘washed off’ the day and the dirt before you get into bed. Furthermore, most people have more time for a longer bedtime routine in the evening meaning they can use this to apply lotions and creams to keep skin soft and moisturised.

Con: You could wake up feeling a little oily. When you sleep, your skin produces sebum and sweat, so those who suffer from already oily skin may wake up feeling extra greasy. Cleansing can help remove some of the excess oil or you may want to wash your whole body, especially your back where hair products can be left unrinsed.

Pro: A good night’s sleep. Sleep Ambassador, Nancy Rothstein is Team Evening Shower when it comes to getting your full forty winks. Not only is it important to go to bed clean, it also allows you to prepare for bed with a perfect routine to aid sleep. It gives you time to yourself, no phones, screens or distractions – just you and the warming, clean water.  Rothstein calls it an opportunity to shower yourself with mindfulness.

Scientists also agree that showers in the evening can help you sleep better. As you shower in the warmth, your core temperature actually drops. Although your skin may feel hot, you’ll notice you feel colder after towelling off and putting on your pyjamas due to moisture evaporating off your skin. By cooling the body in this way, you enable the onset of sleep to come round faster, research has shown.

Con: Going to bed with wet hair on the other hand not only may disrupt your sleep but can also damage your hair follicles. Water from your hair and a wet pillow makes the perfect environment for yeast to grow which can cause dandruff. It also traps moisture in the different layers of your hair, causing hair cuticles to rupture leaving you with a weathered effect.

Pro: If you are prone to allergies, evening showers can help. Coming inside from the outdoors often means bringing in pollen and chemicals which contaminates your bedding if you go without a full body wash. This is often worse when seasonal allergies are at their peak, but at other times of the year, creams, make-up and hair products can attract more pollen to your body and cause further reactions.

Con: Your schedule will dictate the best time to shower in the case of sensitives. If you prefer to exercise in the morning, for example, it is much more beneficial to follow up with a shower to cleanse the skin and hair and wash off excess sweat and bacteria from any equipment.

Or you could even consider being in the two-showers a day tribe!

Can you do both?

Can’t decide? Well, some people swear from having a shower both in the morning and at night, especially in the summer or if they live in a warmer climate. Keeping these showers quick will ensure your skin doesn’t dry out.

Depending on your working environment this could be the perfect solution. For those who work in schools or public places, they may want to keep on top of how many germs they are gathering throughout the day. Even those who live in busy cities should consider an extra shower here and there. However, the downfall of this is of course the impact on the planet. If water wastage is a particular concern of yours, then you may want to take a look at products available which help you to time your shower and capture the water.

So, which camp do you fall into now? If you still can’t decide, perhaps it’s time to run a bath!

The best plants for a small bathrooms

The best plants for a small bathrooms

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Typically, bathrooms have limited space, meaning that you can’t fill them with all the decorations that you love as comprehensively as you can in other parts of your home. However, there are always ways to bring life into your bathroom in new and innovative ways.

One such way to brighten up your bathroom space is by decorating it with plants that specifically suit your space. Plants are a great asset to any room, not only bathrooms, because they look delightful but also oxygenate the room. Studies have shown that having plants boosts your mood and reduces stress levels, alongside other benefits.

It can be tricky to find a plant that thrives in a small bathroom, due to low light and high humidity. However, here’s your introduction to a few plant friends that will be a great fit for your bathroom.

1. Spider Plant

Spider plant

Our first entry of a plant to suit your small bathroom is the spider plant. Spider plants are known for growing rather quickly, and even have NASA’s seal of approval. The research that NASA conducted showed that spider plants can remove up to 90 percent of the toxins from the air in your bathroom in just two days.

If you’re prone to allergies, this is an excellent way of clearing the air. This plant is best kept near a window. Additionally, It’s best to avoid placing the plant on a radiator as it will lose its hydration.

2. Dracaena

Dracaena

This pretty plant is perfect for your small bathroom, and is a popular choice to help reduce the humidity in the room. Furthermore, the Dracaena plant also reduces dust and regulates the humidity in your home by releasing moisture.

Did you know that research has shown that indoor air can be 12 times more polluted than the air outside in some areas?

This is mainly due to the materials and chemicals used in furnishings, paints, and clothing becoming airborne. However, the dracaena plant can eliminate the pollutants, making breathing easier, help fight colds, remove airborne contaminants, and improve overall health. Be aware that this plant isn’t animal-friendly, though, so keep it out of the reach of any animals you have.

3. Snake plant

Snake plant

The snake plant is perfectly suited to the bathroom, big or small. Inexpensive and low-maintenance, this plant should be in your bathroom as it converts CO2 into oxygen at night. It’s easy to leave this plant to its own devices, as it is used to being in several different climate conditions.

If you forget to water your new friend for a few weeks, it’s not the end of the world as it will still thrive. The most appropriate place to keep the plant is anywhere where there is direct sunlight and occasional fresh air – so a bathroom window works perfectly.

If you’re a frequent traveller, this plant would be your best buy as it doesn’t mind missing you for a while! Choose this plant for your bathroom and you won’t be disappointed.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Not only is this plant low maintenance, but it also reproduces effortlessly.Aloe vera is also a great multi-purpose plant; you can treat minor cuts and burns from the gel in the leaves. Making this miracle plant not only ideal for a small bathroom but anywhere in the home.

Aloe vera is happiest close to a window, but not in direct sunlight. It’s perfectly suited for the bathroom, as it doesn’t need a lot of water to survive, so the humidity should be enough to keep it going.

5. Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is absolutely stunning plant, with leaves are streaked with white or yellow. It’s also one of the most low-maintenance plants you can have in the home. It thrives in medium to low light, or indirect sunlight, and loves humid conditions.

Although the humidity should be enough to keep this plant going, you can also spray the leaves to keep it hydrated if it’s looking a little bit worse for wear. Take care of this beauty and it’ll take care of you and keep your small bathroom looking stylish.

6. Orchid

Orchid

Orchids are an absolute beauty to look at and are a wonderful plant to add to your small bathroom – providing an often much needed pop of colour.

Orchids are naturally derived from humid, tropical rainforests and, therefore, bathrooms are often a great substitute. The warm, steamy atmosphere of a small bathroom can keep your orchid thriving for years.

You can place the plant on your windowsill, where it will not be under the sunlight directly. The steamy atmosphere will provide pretty much all the water that this beautiful flower requires.

7. Pothos

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The golden Pothos blooms heart-shaped leaves, in a marble-esque pattern. The pothos doesn’t require too much water, so try to refrain from overwatering the plant, especially in a small bathroom where the moisture should be enough to keep it hydrated.

If you start to see yellow leaves, this is a good indicator that it has been overwatered. If this is the case, remove it from the bathroom and let it air out somewhere else in the home.

Additionally, pothos doesn’t do well under direct sunlight so avoid putting it on the windowsill. Because of the way it grows, however, it is a great hanging plant, and you can hang it from the ceiling or a high shelf where it’ll look stunning.

8. Bamboo

Bamboo

The notoriously fast-growing bamboo plant needs very little light to thrive and can grow in pebbles and water. If you do water it, we would recommend changing the water every two to four weeks, to keep the bamboo content. Bamboo grows quickly, so make sure you trim and prune when necessary!

We’ve only listed a handful of plants that would be a great addition to your small bathroom. Some plants flourish wonderfully in humid and low light conditions. Add a touch of nature to your bathroom, what are you waiting for?

If you’d like choose your bathing option before deciding on plants to accompany it, view our wide range of walk-in baths and walk-in showers.

Alternatives to using anti-slip bath mats

Alternatives to using anti-slip bath mats

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In 2008, it was estimated by the Centre of Disease Control that around 21.8m people in the United States would have a non-fatal fall in the bathroom. While this research isn’t the most up to date, it does give an indicator of just how many people have falls in the bathroom each year. Trends have also not changed drastically around the type of bathrooms people use, so it’s likely that these statistics are still very much representative of the situation people face when bathing.

While these falls are more manageable during younger years, once we enter the later period of our lives, these falls can become severe and even dangerous.

Older people are also more likely to have falls, due to a combination of factors, including balance problems, muscle weakness, and poor vision. Long-term health conditions can also be factors.

In the UK, falls for people over the age of 75 are actually the most common cause of injury-related deaths, according to the NHS. Therefore, it’s absolutely essential that people are aware of the situation, and that we reduce the risk of falls where possible – including in the bathroom.

Slip-resistant wet room flooring – the alternative to anti-slip bathroom mats

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of falls, not using an anti-slip nat, is by using slip-resistant materials in surfaces that get wet.

For example, if you have a wet room, always get this installed with slip-resistant wet room flooring (vinyl or tiled).

Specially made surfaces are designed to help you get more grip on the flooring, even when wet.

Slip-resistant flooring can be designed in a variety of ways. This can be done through acid etching, slip-resistant coatings, and other methods. Make sure you only use flooring that Is recommended for this specific use.

Can I get slip-resistant built into my bath?

Often, many bathroom companies will use slip-resistant materials when constructing bathroom products, as there is a higher risk of falls.

As slip-resistant surfaces in the bathroom are so important for everyone’s safety, not just the less mobile or elderly, they are regularly used as a base for baths and shower trays.

For example, our Hampton Elite bath features a slip resistant base, to help prevent against falls that might occur when entering or exiting the bathtub.

What’s the alternative?

The alternative, cheaper option, is to get an anti-slip bathmat for your shower or bath. These are typically made from rubber, with suction cups on the bottom, that help you grip to the bath or shower floor and prevent slipping.

Many people consider anti-slip bathmats to be a bit of eyesore. Many are not stylish and ruin the aesthetics of their bathroom. However, they are chosen for practicality and not for their looks. However, when it comes to anti-slip bathmats, there are things to look out for.

The ant-slip bathmats can quite easily collect dirt, grime and be difficult to keep clean in your bathroom. After a few months, this then will not come off, resulting in a permanently dirty bath mat. This can create something that is unclean and unhygienic.

Bath mats can also become loose, making them a trip hazard If not properly secured. Make sure you check the fitting regularly.

What are my options?

If you need a simple, quick fix, then an ant-slip bathmat is certainly an option. However, we would always suggest a more permanent solution if in the position to do so.

Getting a walk-in bath or walk-in shower with slip-resistant flooring will always be a great long-term solution for bathroom safety, but also means your bathroom retains its natural style, uninterrupted by any mats that may not suit it.

If you have any questions about our slip-resistant flooring and products, give us a call and we’ll be happy to go through any questions you have.

10 fun games to play over Facetime/Skype with your Grandkids

10 fun games to play over Facetime/Skype with your Grandkids

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With so many options to engage with your loved ones these days, there’s never been a better time to download the latest interactive platforms and inject a little bit more fun to an otherwise normal phone conversation. And sometimes, it’s not possible to physically spend time with your nearest and dearest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still play a game or two, especially over the festive period.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of interactive games you can play over FaceTime, Skype, Zoom – and any other video app – with your Grandkids to keep the fun going. From classic question activities to board games with an online spin, read on to find out our top pick of exciting games you can play from screen to screen.

  1. Charades

A classic party game, Charades has been around for a long time, but it never gets old. One of the great things about this game is the fact that you can play it in person or in the virtual world and the rules are the same.

To play Charades over a Zoom call, all you need is a computer or mobile device. You can either come up with the ideas on your own or visit one of many websites out there dedicated to the game. Try getcharadesideas.com for some inspiration, from here you can select the ‘charades for kids’ option and get going with your imagination.

  1. Pictionary

Another classic game to play with your loved ones, Pictionary is one that involves mental stimulation, creative skills and a quick hand. It’s also a whole host of fun. It’s a great game to play in person, but if you can’t see your Grandkids over the holidays, that’s no problem, you can also easily play it virtually.

If not using FaceTime or Skype, it’s probably best to utilise Zoom or Microsoft Teams as your virtual platform due to the screen size and the fact you’ll need a digital whiteboard so that all participants can join in the fun. It’s super simple to set up, as both Zoom and Microsoft have a whiteboard feature – you can integrate the latter with Teams. Then, once you’re set-up, you’ll just need to follow the below steps and voila, let the drawing commence:

  1. Find a word generator website – this one has varying levels to make it Grandkid-friendly (or, of course, you can think of some yourself)
  2. Taking it in turns, one person from each team draws a picture of the generated word.
  3. Set a timer to 60 seconds
  4. If the opposing team correctly guesses the answer within the time, they win a point.
  5. Keep switching sides, and you can go on for as long as you feel like. The team that ends up with the most points is crowned the virtual winner.
  1. I Spy

This one is really simple to play over Facetime or another virtual platform – all you need is yourself, your eager Grandkids and your imagination. Due to interacting from behind a screen, you just might be lacking a little in space, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it only adds to the challenge.

Starting with one side of the screen, one player picks an object in the background of their area, and the other player or team tries to guess the item using a series of questions. Easy peasy and endless fun from one home to another.

  1. Guess Who

Another family favourite that’s easy enough to transition from reality to the virtual world is Guess Who. You’ll need to ensure that all players have an official board – or if you’re feeling extra creative, you can create your own and send an identical board to your Grandkids ahead of time.

Once you have your board, each player will pick out a card of someone on their board, and the other players have to guess who they’ve picked by asking a series of questions, such as ‘“are they wearing glasses’’ or “do they have brown hair?” When you successfully Guess Who it is, you win.

  1. Battleship

If it’s just you or one other player, or you fancy joining up as one team on each side of the screen, Battleship is an ideal game to play virtually because it really doesn’t need to be any different than in real life. If anything, it’s even better to play online because you’ll want to hide your board from your opponent.

Each player will need a Battleship game, and once all set up, you can go from there. Once you’ve placed your ships on the board, you take turns to guess the coordinates in order to sink the other player’s ships. The first one to sink all the opponent’s ships is the winner.

  1. Scattergories Online

If your Grandkids are of a slightly older age and looking for a way to really challenge themselves while keeping their finger firmly on the fun button, why not give Scattergories Online a go? With a few different variations online, it works in pretty much the same way as the main board game.

You roll a dice with letters instead of numbers, and each player completes a list with random categories. Whichever letter the dice lands on is the letter the answer needs to start with. Points reign supreme for each original answer, but if someone else has the same word as you, neither of you gets the point. Cue squabbles and sneaky shortcuts all around – it’s all part of the fun.

And if you don’t want to share your screen, you can head to Scattergories Online and play the game using a shareable link. All you need to do is set up the Scattergories room and select which game categories you want to include from a list.

  1. Dance Party

Keeping both your mind and your body active, this is a great game to play to inject a little activity into your schedule – perfect for the festive season after one too many mince pies. First things first, make sure you pick a great playlist. YouTube offers some great examples of dance playlists for kids of any age.

And if you want to make it seem like a proper party? You can schedule a meeting on Zoom. Start by going to the “Meetings” tab located on the left side of your screen – the same on both your desktop or the home screen of your smartphone app if using a mobile phone. You can then select “Schedule A Meeting” and set all details, from the date and time to participants.

When you type in your Grandkids emails – if they don’t have one, you can ask the parents or guardians – they’ll get their own invitation to “party”. When the date comes around, all everyone has to do is join the meeting. You can then pop on your chosen playlist and even change your Zoom virtual background for extra atmosphere. Then the only things left to do is get your groove on.

  1. 20 Questions

20 questions is a fantastic way of getting your mind working and having a lot of fun in the process. This classic game is as simple to play as it sounds. You ask each person 20 creative questions and, much like the game of Guess Who, you have to work out what the object is through the process of elimination.

The best part is, it can be anything you like, but you must state if it is an animal, vegetable or mineral and questions can only have yes or no answers. If your Grandkids get it right within 20 questions, they win. Here are some fun ideas to get the game going:

  • Is it something that’s living or if it has lived?
  • Is it bigger than a house?
  • Does it have a tail?
  • Is it a specific colour?
  • Can you give it as a gift?
  • Can it count?

You can have your Grandchild go first, so they understand how the game works and then take it in turns over Skype or FaceTime.

  1. The Memory Game 

You may remember this from your own childhood but a really creative game to play is the classic memory game, this time with a twist, since you’ll be playing from behind a screen. All you need to do is grab a tray and gather a number of objects – try to limit these to a maximum of eight or ten to keep things simple.

Once your Grandkids have dialled in on the Skype or Zoom call and memorised what’s on the tray in front of them, just pop a tea towel in front of the camera, take one of the objects away and get the kids to remember what was there. Pick some interesting things to make the game even more fun. You can then switch it up by asking them to do the same activity back to you once they’ve had their turn. Fun and brain training all around.

  1. Treasure Hunt

A super appealing game to kids no matter their age, organising a virtual treasure hunt could be just the thing you need to really liven things up without being able to see your Grandkids in the real world. All you need is a little bit of organisation and once set up, let the fun commence.

If the idea of organising a treasure hunt is at the top of your virtual list, you’ll need to start by creating a small physical list of items that can be easily found in your Grandkids house – or wherever they might be staying. Once you’ve got your list organised and have ensured the items can be found at the other end, it’s time to get dialling by way of FaceTime or Zoom call.

After you’ve explained the rules, you can set them off to find the items you’ve specified. Set them a time limit for each item to make things really fun and at the end, you can present them with a virtual trophy that they can pick up next time you meet, and if not, you could have one ready and waiting at their end.

Once you’ve settled on your chosen game or games you’re ready to play; you’ll want to make sure your home is comfortable and ready for you to settle down. The more comfortable you are, the more fun you can have. This is where we can help by providing you with the necessary adjustments for your home, from your kitchen to your bathroom.

At Mobility Plus, we’re specialists in creating accessible bathrooms for people who have limited mobility. Take a look at out our range of Walk-in Baths and Walk-in Showers to make sure you’re home, and game ready.

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