Tips for making a bathroom suitable for disabled people

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Bathroom facilities are a fairly basic need but they are designed with the able bodied in mind. More often than not, those with even minor disabilities find they need to make adaptations in order to have an acceptable quality of life. Chartwell Insurance, a completely independent insurance broker that offers a specialist, caring service for disabled customers, takes a look at what different companies offer in the way of bathroom improvements.

If you’re looking to install specialist bathroom facilities because you are unable to use a regular shower, bath or toilet then you should first find out if you are eligible for a grant. The Communities and Local Government leaflet Disabled Facilities Grant explains in simple terms how to apply and what criteria you have to meet.

Once you have established your budget and specific requirements then you can start looking around at what is available. It is best to choose a firm that offers a no commitment, home visit service and check that they also have a comprehensive after-sales service.

Mobility Plus supplies walk-in baths and showers and will visit you, find out exactly what you want and talk you through what’s involved. They are also donating £100 to Cancer Research for every bathroom fitted.

Absolute Mobility not only has a showroom at Henley on Thames but it also has a mobile showroom that can come to your door. The mobile showroom contains two walk-in baths and is equipped to demonstrate bath lifts, disable showers and shower trays. a bath can be therapeutic as well as functional. It offers an opportunity to relax and unwind. The Walk In Bathing Company offers the option of hydrotherapy jets on all its walk-in baths. At the touch of a button the bather can control the jets of water to best enjoy the massaging bubbles.

There are people who prefer their own builder or plumber to fit their shower or wet room. Advances in technology and drainage now allow most rooms in a house to be converted into a wet room so this is becoming a popular option. Although The Mobility and Disability Showering Centre offers a full design and fitting service with their own products and personnel, they will (for a fee of up to £150) design and produce detailed computer-aided design plans for you to use independently.

Some alterations to a disabled person’s home can be zero VAT rated, so it is worth checking that your builder is passing this saving on. The HM Revenue and Customs has produced a guide to what is eligible for VAT relief when working on a disabled person’s home.

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