Bath times are the relaxing moments. With perfect bathroom ambiance, soothing bath products, perfect water temperature and suitable bathing solutions, the bathing time can relieve you after a stressful day. But for those who suffer from reduced mobility, it may not be as dreamy as it sounds. Due to their disability, they may find it difficult to have a comfortable bath, and that too without the help from others.
The walk-in baths and showers have been designed for such a less fortunate section of our society. They allow them to access the bath anytime they want, without being dependent on others. The design of these baths is convenient for wheelchairs and walking stick users. Click here to see how these accessible bathing solutions have revolutionized the bath times for disabled people.
Other than these solutions, the use of various bath products can also enhance their bathing experience. Some of these can be prepared from using the stuff from your kitchen.
Homemade bath product for relieving joint pain
A warm water bath with some relaxing bath salts is an awesome experience. And the people with mobility issues would enjoy it even better if these salts help them in relieving their joint pains and gave them a therapeutic experience.
There are many brands in the market that specializes in the bath bomb or bubble bath, customized for the use of disabled people, in their walk-in baths. But instead of spending time searching for the correct one, you can make this product with ingredients that are easily found in your cupboard or the local supermarket. The following recipe is to make a bathing soak that can relieve muscle and joint pain.
- 2 cups of Epsom salts
- 1 cup of sea salt
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 15-20 drops of essential oil – lavender, chamomile, and bergamot are perfect for relaxing and soothing muscles and joint pain.
Simply mix them together, store in a cool, dark place and use within a couple of months.
At the time of use, just add ½-1 cup of the bath soak to the water in your walk-in bath and soak for 15-20 minutes for reliving effect.
Epsom salts are great on their own and can be used without mixing with any other ingredients. Being a good source of magnesium, it soothes aching muscles, regulates blood pressure and heals skin cells. Epsom salts, which are readily available from health stores such as Holland and Barrett, are effective in reducing swelling, help bruises to heal and act as a great detox.
Best water soak product/brands in the market
The UK market has a flood of such bathing products that are suitable for elderly skin, joint pain and those with reduced mobility. Popular beauty products’ brands such as Lush or Molton Brown have a range of product lines for aging skin and reduced mobility.
Lush’s Blackberry Bath Bombis one of the popular products, which includes bergamot. The ingredient is known for its aromatherapy benefits and is great for relaxing. It treats anxiety, depressions, and nervous tensions. It has antibacterial properties as well. It is available at a reasonable price of £2.95
Drying off products
Another difficult task for disabled people is to dry themselves after getting out of the bath. It can be a painful and cumbersome experience.
Some companies, though, have come up with easy solutions for such a painful task. Medoris company has developed Dri-Me Toweling Shower Robe which dries up quickly and effectively due to its super absorbent material and unique design.
The company works on designing easy bathing solutions for people with disability.
Cleaning and safety products
The walk-in bath and showers have made life somewhat easier for people with mobility difficulties. They are even equipped with more safety gadgets like support rail, remote control functions, etc. to provide more ease while getting into the bath, taking shower and coming out of the bath. Home electric stair lift has made them use baths more independently.
Products like bath mats and long-handled body brushes can go a long way towards helping them with independence in the bathroom and easy bathroom accessories that would not exert pressure on their aching body.
There is also a range of cleaning products available in the market that is aimed to protect the sensitive old and thinner skin, after they have been used to clean the walk-in baths. Ecover is a great brand name for such a considerate range. Their bathroom cleaner and limescale remover have great environment-friendly results, along with being easy on your skin.
The disabled people require an extra support and care. When you think of using the products that are specifically designed for accessible bath, the people with mobility difficulties will feel more loved and cared. They will be assured of being under a good and intelligent caring hands.