One topic that generally isn’t openly discussed is the ability to use the bathroom- and toilet and the use of toilet assistive devices. We might admit, for example, that a riser/recliner chair would be helpful, or that we struggle to grip and manipulate as required to peel vegetables. But apply that to the bathroom- would we admit we struggle to get on and off the WC, that we struggle to tear off toilet tissue, wipe our bottom?
If you DO struggle with toileting, don’t worry. You are not alone. Statistics show 2,750,000 a households with a disabled person need a home adaptation and toilet assistive devices. Bathrooms are the most common form of home adaptation, with 20% of disabled people in private households using them.
Hopefully the considerations below will give you some useful points that you may not otherwise have thought about…
Toilet assistive technology – Structural strength
Toilet aids – Adequate fall for drainage
Toilet aids- Level access
Toilet aids- Colour and texture
Toileting – Room to manoeuvre
For most people, washing themselves is an automatic routine and is taken for granted. However, people with disabilities or with increasing frailty may experience mild to substantial problems with showering or bathing.
There are four main dimensions to consider when offering assistance with bathing:
1. General advice
2. Assistive equipment and adaptations
3. Alternative baths and showers
4. Personal care assistance.