Move over Nick Knowles, DIY SOS is coming to the blogging world. Kind of. OK well not even slightly, I have zero rights to what I am sure is a very expensive and very protected piece of intellectual property. The sentiment however is there, so just bear with.
Readers may know that my mother is in somewhat poor health, or at the very least restricted mobility. Years as a carer, caring for her disabled son and everybody else for that matter have really taken its toll on her. She currently lives in our family home, our very impractical family home. It is a three-story town house, with a kitchen on the bottom floor and living room, bedroom and bathroom on the second the floor. For someone who on bad days cannot walk and on good days struggles to negotiate stairs the awful logistics are obvious.
For the time being moving house is not an option and as such we have been taking steps to try to improve her quality of life within this house. I think you will all agree a bathroom is a pretty essential room to any house and as such it was one of the first on the list.
The bathroom is your average family bathroom. Big enough to house a shower over a bath, sink, toilet and units. However a shower over a bath is of no use to my mum. She cannot use a bath and trying to get into a bath to have a shower isn’t much of an option either. In order to make life easier for her the bath tub therefore had to go.
In its place we have installed a wet room, complete with seat and rails for extra support and comfort, not to mention ease. There is also of course no need to climb over the bath sides, no shower tray to step up to or trip on and the flooring is slip resistant.
Another reason we opted for a wet room is that they are particularly low maintenance as cleaning requirements are minimal. It will also lend itself to wheelchair access should the time come. Whats more a wet room doesn’t have to take over the entire bathroom and can instead be restricted to a designated part of the room, with a the help of a shower enclosure.
Now I know what you are thinking, wet rooms, grab rails, seating, you’re picturing dated old, fashioned bathrooms with a strange looking woman in a puffy skirt sitting on the toilet brush. This however is not the case anymore, even with the aids, wet rooms, or any mobility enhancing bathroom can still transform a tired, old bathroom space into a stylish and contemporary space. There are so many stylish options available to create a dream and contemporary bathroom to fit all mobility needs, into any space. Whether you are pushed for space, need a shower to fit into a corner, sliding doors, no doors, half height doors, or walk in bath. Whatever you need it is out there and it will bring style and elegance to your home. You can view an extensive range of modern, chic and user-friendly bathrooms here.
So the verdict from my mum, she loves it. Not only have we helped to bring the house up to a modern standard but more importantly we have without doubt improved her quality of life. She can do what the rest of us do on a daily basis without a second thought. It is not a battle and it is not a chore. Once again, something simple like taking a shower is manageable, perhaps even pleasurable and that is the best thing of all.