I was recently commissioned by Mobility Plus to give my thoughts on Interior Design for accessible bathrooms.
The term disability covers a huge range of conditions and abilities. Some disabilities are silent in so much as you can’t tell a person has a disability where as some people it is more noticable.
The other thing to remember is while some people are born different, others contract illnesses and conditions or have accidents which may mean they need more help with day to day activities.
No matter how your mobility issues have come about, this is where companies like Mobility Plus come into its own.
Everyone deserves to retain as much independence as they can as well as being able to have some kind of dignity when doing every day tasks and self care.
The other big factor to think about is the appearance of your bathroom. It is often not just the place for personal care for the disabled person.It can also be a family bathroom which everyone uses including guests and everyone deserves a sanctuary to retire to.
Unlike years ago when accessible bathroom could be less than attractive, they now are things of beauty and, in many cases they look just like their able bodied counterparts.
Comfort no longer has to outweigh style and walk-in baths and showers are designed to fit most spaces and look as stylish as a regular tub.
Should you or a family member be in the early stages of conditions such as arthritis and be looking at getting a new bathroom, it is well worth thinking about the future. New bathroom suites are such a big investment that they are really not something you think about changing regularly. By choosing an accessible bathroom in the early stages of a condition, it will give you peace of mind for later on.
You’ll find walk-in baths in many different sizes to suit most bathrooms-even old farmhouses, and help you maximise your space. Small bathrooms will benefit from compact designs whilst larger bathrooms could easily accommodate a full-length bath. Features like glass doors and chrome rails can really add a touch of elegance and fit in with the rest of your décor and a new colour scheme or new towels will really bring your room together.
Safety is also a huge consideration, especially because the water used when washing can make floors and other surfaces slippery-something that can cause huge problems for someone with mobility problems.
Thankfully, grab rails can look as stylish as towel rails now and the range of flooring available to help with slipping is immense and also stylish.
Lighting is a great way of creating a sense of drama or tranquility. A couple of light options in the bathroom will ensure everywhere looks nice whether you are relaxing in the tub or performing every day tasks.
As with any room, accessories are also important and just because a bathroom is practical does not mean it cannot be beautiful too.
Plants are always a good look in a bathroom-even fake ones which will obviously not need any attention at all and add colour and depth to your bathroom.
Candles or reed diffusers will ensure your bathroom always smells nice and matching toilet roll holders and towel rails with your grab rails will ensure a seamless theme throughout your new room.
Sometimes the thought of designing and changing your bathroom can seem such a daunting task, especially with the added mobility issues.
Have no fear, the people at Mobility Plus are fully used to the worries and problems people may have and will help you to create the bathroom of your dreams.
What are you waiting for?