Life-Changing Features You Can Install for Your Walk-In Bath

Life-Changing Features You Can Install for Your Walk-In Bath

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Walk-in baths define simplicity. On the face of it, they’re just a bath with a door, but there’s much more to it than that; especially if you are someone with mobility issues due to old age, illness or injury.

Conventional baths can prove difficult and, in some cases, dangerous to get into as you get older. Fortunately, you don’t need to suffer anxiety about your bathing experience thanks to the growing range of walk-in baths that allow you to still enjoy the feeling of a relaxing soak in the bath.

What are the advantages of a walk-in bath compared with an ordinary bath?

If you have always enjoyed a long, hot soak in the bath, you can still enjoy your favourite pastime as the years go by. Walk-in baths, that allow you to step into sideways and sit rather than downwards, offer a deeper water depth than a conventional bath. Most standard baths offer a depth no greater than 14 inches, but the benefit of a walk-in tub is that it can offer a depth of almost four feet, giving you a fully immersive bathing experience whilst being securely seated within the tub.

Seats built into our range of walk-in baths are typically positioned around 17 inches high. This not only ensures you don’t have to bend too far down into the water, but it also offers an additional 20+ inches of depth to immerse yourself into the warm, comforting water.

Better still, once you’re comfortably seated and immersed within your bathwater, some tubs also offer built-in hydrotherapy jets that can massage and soothe those aching muscles.

How is a walk-in bath an investment in your future?

The health benefits of a walk-in bath make it a sensible investment for the years ahead. Warm water for seniors is hugely beneficial, not only in easing aches and pains but in accelerating the healing of ulcers and burns.

Bone conditions such as arthritis are also known to benefit greatly from hydrotherapy, so if you could have your very own hydrotherapy bath to walk into at home, why wouldn’t you?

Most people also think that because a walk-in bath can house water up to four feet in depth that water usage is far more expensive than a conventional bath. On average, walk-in tubs will house around 50 gallons of water, while conventional tubs can house anything from 40 to 80 gallons depending on their size and depth. Walk-in tubs are much narrower than standard tubs, which allows them to offer that hugely beneficial depth.

Life-changing additional features to aid your walk-in bath

  • Electric Care Shower
    You can also turn a walk-in bath into a safe, shower space with the installation of an electric care shower. If you’ve stopped showering because you suffer from issues regarding your sight, hearing or dexterity, an electric care shower unit can be fitted above your walk-in bath with light-touch functionality and safety assured.
  • Shower Seats
    If your walk-in bath seat is a little too low to enjoy a shower, you could always get a separate shower seat fitted. These seats offer much-needed grip and stability when you need it most.
  • Wall Finishes
    It’s important to make it easy to keep bathrooms clean as we get older. We now offer wall panels that ideal surrounds for walk-in baths, with easy-clean surfaces to avoid a build-up of mould and mildew.
  • Grab Rails
    If you want specialist bathroom accessories that make it easy to manoeuvre your way around a walk-in bath and shower area, look no further than a safety grab rail. These can give you more confidence and stability when transferring in and out of your tub.
Why Walk-in Baths Can Make Your Day To Day Life Easier

Why Walk-in Baths Can Make Your Day To Day Life Easier

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Discover the joy of a nice relaxing bath all over again with a sleek walk-in bath that’s perfect for people suffering with arthritis or mobility issues.

What is a walk-in bath?

A walk-in bath is a great option for someone with joint pain and mobility issues to regain independence and confidence when it comes to bathing. Designed with a very low step into the bath and watertight doors, you’ll barely have to lift a foot to get into any of the range of walk-in baths on offer by Mobility Plus. Coming in a range of sizes and depths, with plenty of practical features, walk-in baths can suit many different needs, aiding with the pain associated with arthritis or helping you to make your home safer for the future.

Features of a walk-in bath and how they can help

The collection of walk-in baths on offer at Mobility Plus come with a range of features to help alleviate the pain of arthritis and make everyday life easier, now and in the future.

Low-step access & wide opening doors

Great for those with mobility issues, the low-step access of walk-in baths means no more having to lift your legs high over the tub. It also means trips and falls are far less likely as you get in and out, not only easing your peace of mind but your family’s too. Using the tub will be a simple pleasure again and the watertight, sealing doors means there are no worries about spills and slips.

Hand & towel rails

Many of the Mobility Plus walk-in baths come with built-in hand and towel rails for additional safety. These practical features help ease you in and out of the bath and the handy towel rail means no leaning across the bathroom, reducing the risk of injury and accidents.

Seats

Different baths come with different types of seats but depending on your needs you can choose from an upright, integral seat, a power-assisted seat or reclining seat. The integrated seats usually come in deeper and compact baths allowing for a nice long soak whilst the adjustable seats might be in a regular sized tub allowing you to lay back and relax like you would in a normal bath.

Slip-resistant surfaces

Trips, slips and falls can be one of the most common injuries in over 65’s and those with mobility and joint issues. Slip-resistant and textured flooring is another conscious safety feature designed to ease the mind and let you indulge in the joy of bathing again, giving you the confidence to relax again.

Bonus extras: spa therapy & chromotherapy

Some also come with nifty little extras like spa therapy and chromotherapy options. Spa therapy is a great way to soothe aches, pains and increase circulation as tiny little bubbles pulsate and massage. Whilst chromotherapy aids your mind as well, as the coloured light(s) are believed to create a healing and balancing atmosphere.

Easing joint pain and maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Many people who suffer from arthritis, joint pain or mobility problems will know just how much the warming effects of a bath can help to soothe their aches. Though for many the joys of that relief are soon outweighed by the hassle of having to climb in and out of the tub. A walk-in bath can quickly and easily negate that problem by offering a low to no-step bath option. As many sufferers will know stretching and yoga can also help ease pain caused by arthritis and your new walk-in bath can help maintain that lifestyle too. Whilst in your new walk-in bath you can regain your love for exercise with simple non-impact water workouts to stretch your muscles.

Choosing style and comfort

Many people with mobility issues may think that sometimes comfort has to outweigh style, but walk-in baths are designed to fit most spaces and look as stylish as a regular tub. You’ll find walk-in baths in many different sizes to suit most bathrooms and help you maximise your space. Small bathrooms will benefit from compact designs like The Hampton range whilst larger bathrooms could easily accommodate a full-length bath like The Leyburn. Features like glass doors and chrome rails can really add a touch of elegance and fit in with the rest of your décor.

Future-proof your home today

Whether you’ve got joint pain from arthritis, mobility issues or are looking to make a safer home for your future years, Mobility Plus has a great range of walk-in baths suitable to most needs.

5 things to consider when you install a walk-in bath

5 things to consider when you install a walk-in bath

Walk in baths are the ideal solution to transform your bathroom with safety and comfort. If you’re considering a walk-in bath, here are the essential things to know before taking the next step.

Additional features make it safer

As the bathroom can get quickly wet and slippery, it’s no surprise that it’s prone to falls and injuries. As we get older, our mobility becomes more limited, which makes accidents more common. In fact, over the age of 65, roughly one in three individuals fall every year.

To limit the chances of injuries, you don’t have to avoid bathing or risk your welfare in a non-specialised bathroom. You can keep your independence and your confidence with a walk-in bath, and especially one with added safety features.

The walk-in baths at Mobility Plus feature low entry access and wide opening doors, so if you have trouble lifting your legs, you can still enjoy the benefits of a regular bath but now with extra protection.

Look to add a grab rail feature, like in the Derwent, to provide safety and support when you’re getting in and out of the bath.

Mobility Plus products are sealed with a lifetime warranty

Searching for the perfect walk-in bath, it’s important to know you’re investing in a high-quality product that is durable and long lasting. Damage can occur over time, and it’s reassuring to have a product that keeps you protected.

At Mobility Plus, we want your bathing experience to be the best it possibly can, which is why we’re invested in creating high-quality products that put your comfort and safety first. We pride ourselves in offering you the perfect solution that makes your life easier. So, for an extra seal of satisfaction, all our Mobility Plus products come with a Lifetime Warranty. Added protection and complete peace of mind with every comfortable bathe.

Look at ways to make your bathroom luxurious

Creating a luxurious bathroom doesn’t have to be expensive. There are walk-in bath features that can transform your bathing experience. There is Chromotherapy and a Hydrotherapy spa system options in the Hampton Elite, that will make your bathroom a relaxing place you’ll never want to leave.

These added features will turn your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary without having to spend a fortune. The luxury systems promote balance and healing and will help you to unwind in comfort.

Cater for your future and all of your family

When thinking about installing a walk-in bath in your home, you can get the most out of your money by looking ahead to yours and your family’s future. Even though accessing your bathroom might not be a problem for you now, accommodating to those future needs today will save you time, energy and money.

With integrated seats featuring contoured backs, the walk-in baths at Mobility Plus help keep injuries to a minimum with maximum comfort

Think about how to maximise your bathroom space

When it comes to decorating your bathroom, many people overlook a bath because they think they’re large and impractical, especially for smaller bathrooms. Yet, this isn’t always the case.

If you’re limited on space, there are compact walk-in baths to choose from that will maximise your space whilst still delivering optimum practical benefits. A smaller bathtub, like the Hampton, is a useful addition to give you more space for storage and any design features, like a stool.

Walk-in baths are an investment you won’t regret. You don’t have to take our word for it, discover what some of our customers are saying about their new bathroom here.

Why the Hampton Elite is one of the most practical walk-in baths

Why the Hampton Elite is one of the most practical walk-in baths

The Hampton Elite is one of the lowest entry access walk-in baths in the UK. It’s a practical and stylish design that doesn’t compromise on your comfort or relaxation. Discover the unique benefits of this walk-in bath and find out how you could enjoy bathing all over again.

How does a walk-in bath work?

With unique features, walk in baths put safety and comfort at the forefront of your bathing experience. Each walk-in bathtub comes fitted with an easy-access door, which makes it easy for individuals with mobility issues to enter without having to climb over the tub or raise their legs, compared to traditional baths.

Every walk-in bath design at Mobility Plus is packed with safety features, such as slip resistant flooring, to make bathing a comfortable and relaxing experience once again.

What are the benefits of the Hampton Elite?

Easy low entry access

The door access in the Hampton Elite is so low to the ground that it has been recognised as one of the lowest entry walk-in baths available in the UK. Low level access is ideal for those with limited mobility as getting into the bath no longer has to be a struggle. You won’t have to worry about climbing over the side of the bath tub and risk any potential injuries.

A seat feature with a contoured back

The Hampton Elite walk-in bath features an integrated seat for added comfort, safety and support. It has also been expertly crafted with a contoured back, so you can be sure to have a relaxing bathe.

A seat in your bathtub is great for anyone suffering with back pain or lack the strength to move safely in a traditional bathtub. Now, you can bathe stress-free and pain-free with the Hampton Elite.

Chromotherapy light system

Also known as colour therapy, this luxury system uses a lamp-source to generate all the 7 colours of the rainbow and radiate them around your bathtub. The colours create a gentle glow to encourage you to switch-off and enjoy a deep relaxation.

The power of these colours infusing your bathtub can work to promote the feeling of balance and healing. Research suggests that our bodies can respond emotionally and psychologically to colours. For example, green connotes healing and growth, while yellow connotes joy and creativity.

So, with all seven colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) gleaming in the Hampton Elite, the feeling of relaxation is heightened. It’s a lavish feature, with healing possibilities, that you’ll be amazed you can enjoy every day.

Hydrotherapy spa system

Bring the luxury benefits of a spa to your home with the Hydrotherapy system. By using water in a therapeutic way, this system can bring solace to arthritic discomfort, soothes your aches and pains, and helps you unwind.

This feature works by directing jets of water to target specific muscle areas and soft tissue to increase blood circulation and reduces fluid retention in the body. For a soothing bathing experience that feels similar to having a relaxing hand-massage, this walk-in bath is just for you.

Slip resistant base

The base of this walk-in bath is manufactured to the highest standards, and so includes a unique slip-resistant flooring to increase your safety getting in and out of the bathtub.

Research has found that the bathroom is one of the most likely places to fall in the home. With 1 in 3 adults over 65 living alone falling at least once a year, looking for a bath that puts your safety first is certainly a good option. Not only will you improve your bathing experience but also instil confidence and relaxation that you’ve been missing.

Find out more about the benefits of the Hampton Elite online today, and get in touch with us to order your free brochure and design consultation.

Different types of bathing seats explained

Different types of bathing seats explained

If you struggle with your mobility, whether through age, illness or injury, a bathing seat can provide great comfort and stability when taking a bath or shower.

Feeling safe when you bathe is very important, which is why our bathrooms ensure you have the best possible bathing experience.

All of our bathing seats have been designed to meet a variety of needs. Here we introduce a few options, so you can make the right choice for you.

Walk in baths seats

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Our stylish low entry walk-in baths all come with a low-level side door, removing any uneasiness you might feel when stepping in or out of the bath. Although they all offer the same fundamental features, there are various styles, sizes and options available.

For example, the Windermere walk-in bath has a comfortable powered lifting seat. Specially designed for those with disabilities or mobility restrictions, the seat will lower you down and raise you back up again – all at the touch of a button – so you can enjoy safe and independent bathing.

The Derwent and Hampton walk-in baths both have an integrated seat with a contoured back. The comfortable seat takes pressure off your back and offers an ideal solution for those who are unable to raise from a traditional full length bath. If you can lower and raise yourself to and from a seated position, these baths are ideal, especially for those who may have weaker core strength.

Walk in shower seats

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A fold-up shower seat could be a ideal addition to your shower. All of our walk-in shower installations can come with a comfortable folding seat, available in a number of styles.

Our compact fold-up seat is ideal if you have limited space in your bathroom. Simply fold it away when not in use. The cushioned seat is easy to clean and allows the water to drain away quickly.

We also offer a fold-up seat with arms and a back for extra support. If you require assistance getting up from a seated position, the arms maybe more sutable for you . A grab rail can always be positioned in the shower area if additional support is required.

Another option in our bathing seat range is our fold-up wooden seat. The seat itself is made from ecologically-friendly rubberwood, and the framework and legs are rustproof stainless steel. The height is adjustable, ranging from 390mm to 640mm and suitable for users up to 40 stone/254kg in weight, so most users can use it comfortably.

Our free-standing shower stool is also height adjustable and can be moved anywhere in the room.

If you would like additional information regarding our bathing seat range, please get in touch with one of our specialists who are trained to answer any questions you might have.

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Bathe safely with wet room flooring

Bathe safely with wet room flooring

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Wet rooms are becoming more of a popular choice for a bathroom. The bathing experience is an important part of our daily routines, and wet rooms can make us feel safe and relaxed, offering function as well as style.

With floor level access they are a great choice for those with mobility and accessibility issues. The bathroom can be tailored around them, so you can be sure to find the right solution for you.

It is important to consider all elements of a wet room design, extra safety features can be installed such as grab bars or a range of shower screens should you need them.

This way, your future needs will be covered in your bathroom from the moment installation is complete, meaning you can bathe independently and safely for years to come.

Easy to clean

A wet room is easy to maintain and depending on your installation, they can often easier to clean compared to walk-in showers and walk-in baths. Your bathroom floor can easily be cleaned with a mop, and tiles can be wiped down with a rubber wiper or an absorbent cotton cloth.

Good bathroom ventilation will also help to maintain hygiene and prevent the appearance of mould.

Promotes independence

Wet rooms can help you manage your personal care more independently. The beauty about wet rooms that the flooring is levelled, which significantly reduces tripping hazards, especially compared to standard shower trays where there are more edges and a higher risk of falling.

If you feel as though you may need some extra support, grab rails can help to support you getting in and out of the shower. Grab rails also help to elevate the pressure off of your joints to provide you with more stability as you bathe. You can combine these with a folding shower seat which adds to the safety of your wet room.

Slip-resistant

Some common bathroom products like shower gel and shampoo can make bathroom floors extremely slippery, increasing the risk of trips and falls. However, at Mobility Plus, we ensure that all of our bathroom installations include slip-resistant flooring. slip-resistant flooring provides an extra safety precaution helping to prevent any accidents, adding to the safety of your mobility bathroom.

Flooring and drainage

It’s essential that your wet room has the appropriate plumbing system to safeguard the quality of your bathroom installation for many years to come.

At Mobility Plus, we ensure that our bathroom specialists install your wet room to the highest of standards, meaning your wet room will provide you with the freedom and confidence to bathe safely now, and into the future.

During planning and design, our installation specialists will review the bathroom flooring and drainage system to ensure that the correct solution is chosen for your home.

The correct design can make the most of the space in your bathroom, allowing you fully independent bathing again.

Regardless of the size of your bathroom, we have an extensive bathroom and wet room range for you to choose from so you can be sure to find the right solution for your bathing needs. Order a brochure or talk to one of our specialists today.

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