Helping Family Members Gain Their Independence Back

I was recently commisioned by Premier Care to give my thoughts on the following topic. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve mentioned in the past that my grandparents are now struggling to do the things that they once were. My in laws are also registered disabled and my father, before he passed away, had not long been registered disabled and struggled too. As such, accessibility is of massive importance to me.

Whilst I can’t claim to know everything that there is to know about accessibility – there is so much left for me to learn – what I do know is that we should aim to help those who struggle to do the day to day things that others take for granted.

One such thing is bathing. Now I don’t know about you but I love a bath. The thought of this routine being of difficulty to me is quite sad so I can only imagine how people like my Nan feel and how my father felt. Towards the end of his life, he ended up doing strip washes as he could no longer get in and out of the bath, something he used to love.

Something I have been looking into is companies who offer a solution to this – walk-in baths and easy access showers. If finances were to allow, I want to ensure my family members can have a pleasurable bathing experience without having to worry about slipping and falling.

One such company is Premier Care- take a look here to see what they have to offer. They are the UK market leader and offer a variety of products so that everyone can have an accessible bathing experience, no matter what.

Their walk in showers have been specifically designed to allow everyone to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing shower with complete confidence and safety. They have ultra low access and thermostatic control. There are a number to choose from so you can choose exactly the one to suit your needs.

The walk in baths have also been designed to make it easy to get in and out of them with ease with low level entry and easy carer access, should that be needed. They have grab rails, slip resistant surfaces and thermostatic controls – some also have reclining seats. There is a range to choose from, with you being able to choose the best one which suits your needs.

So why do I think accessible bathing is a must? Why wouldn’t I? Everyone deserves the opportunity to be able to bathe or shower in comfort without the fear of them slipping or falling and doing themselves an injury, especially if they are unsteady on their feet or cannot use them that well. I know that, for some of my family, the loss of their independence has been a tough pill to swallow and anything that can help make their day to day life that little bit easier is always something I am going to look into and champion.

I am still looking into options at the moment – whilst I’d love to just waltz in and convert my family members bathrooms, unfortunately I cannot do that without their permission and big changes aren’t something they take to well. But I am hoping that with my helping hand, I can help them gain a little of their independence back.

8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I think it’s important to consider the individual needs of older people – a care home might not be necessary with a few adaptions at home to make them more comfortable and independent.

  2. You definitely need to think about what can help each family member and how it can help them feel independent. I am very glad that there is more choice coming out these days to help people.

  3. I have seen so many sad cases of elderly couples being separated and people who just simply can’t cope who would actually love to have their mum and dads around. It’s nice to see there is means and ways of making it happen.

  4. Luckily this is not an issue with my parents, but my mother in law is worrying us all she keeps falling her latest was a nasty fall on Friday. She is getting her bathroom redone in the next few weeks and having a walk in shower as she struggles with a bath now x

  5. This is all the sort of thing we’re having to look into for my grandad as he’s going to be 90 next year. He’s super independent but in the past year he has gone downhill a little but he’s too proud to ask for help x

  6. My nan had one of those walk in showers with a little seat installed, it made the world of difference to her. It is great to make changes that allow peopel to still feel in control and dignified. Mich x

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