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My Top 10 – Bathing Aids

Posted by Mike Phipps on August 25, 2021

 Image shows a white, long bath with a man inside (just his torso and head can be seen). There's a wooden floor and a light blue wall. The TOP 10 ident can also be seen

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Hello everyone! It’s Kate Makin here – Ability Superstore’s Occupational Therapist, or OT.

What Are Bathing Aids?

A while ago I wrote a blog – What Are Bathing Aids? That blog was all about what bathroom aids are available and why mobility aids for use in the bathroom are so helpful.

Bathing aids and mobility aids aren’t just for elderly and disabled people – there is a wide range available, and there are aids for people of all ages, ability and health conditions.

That blog led me to think that, with so much choice around, how helpful it would be if I let our customers know what I consider to be the top 10 of bathing aids and how they support daily living. So, here it is, my ultimate – Top 10 of Bathing Aids!

10th Place – Slatted Bath Seat

This bathroom aid is perfect for independent living. The bath seat fits snugly to the base of the bath and assists those who have difficulty raising and lowering themselves in and out of the bath. The important thing to note is that you don’t have to worry about the seat moving around, as it is securely attached to the bottom of the bath with four strong and sturdy suction cups.

This bathing aid will often be used in conjunction with a bath board mobility aid and enables users to be submerged deeper in the water, whilst keeping them safe. This bath seat can also be used in the shower. 

Ability Superstore has a wide range of bath seats and bath boards available – they can be seen on this link.

A link to the Homecraft Savanah Slatted Bath Seat that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website  

9th Place – Langham Adjustable Bath Step

The Langham Adjustable Bath Step is a great bathing aid when individuals need that extra height to be able to step in and out of the bath easily and safely.

The steps are made up of 2.5 cm (1 inch) high sections and therefore can be adjusted to whatever height is required, up to a total height of 10 cm (4 inches). The step is secure and durable, and I love the non-slip surface that provides such stability, giving confidence to anyone that uses bathroom aids like this.

A link to the Langham Adjustable Height Bath Step that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website

8th Place – Clamp On Bath Safety Rail

I find these bathroom aids really useful in situations when perhaps a standard grab rail cannot be fitted to the wall, or for a corner bath, or an unusually shaped bath.

This bathing aid provides that extra support when getting in and out of the bath. It is an ideal mobility solution for individuals who may only have short term difficulties for example, if they are recovering from surgery, as the rail can easily be removed when no longer needed. For some, this rail becomes one of their key and essential daily living aids.

 A link to the Clamp-on Bath Safety Grab Rail that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website

7th Place – Chrome Step Stool With Handrail

This is an especially useful bathing aid for people that need that extra height to assist them in stepping safely in and out of the bath. I find that having the handrail gives people that extra bit of confidence and support.

The step is also highly versatile and can often assist with many other tasks around the home, not just in the bathroom, for example, it’s an ideal daily living aid for use in the kitchen when reaching for items in a high cupboard. 

 A link to the Chrome Step Stool with Handrail that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website

6th Place – Moulded Fluted Grab Rail

This is a basic bathing aid, but one that I frequently recommend. If fitted correctly and, in the right position, grab rails can provide that extra help and support when getting in and out of the bath, or when standing to use an over bath shower. I love that these grab rails are ridged, making them easier to grip. 

This bathing aid is available in a range of sizes and at different price points.

 A link to the Moulded Fluted Grab Rail that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website

5th Place – Sure Tread Bath Mat

This is one of the most basic types of bathing aid available, but it is so effective and lets you make bathing safe again.

Slipping in the bath is very common and this simple, non-slip bathroom mat reduces this risk. The bath mat mobility aid fits securely to the base of the bath and is also machine washable.

This mat is also available as a square option, which is ideal for use in the shower.

 A link to the Sure Tread Bath Mat that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website

4th Place – Swivel Bather

I find these swivel chairs are bathing aids that are often overlooked. They are ideal for people who find turning themselves and lifting their legs in and out and over the side of the bath difficult to manage. This mobility aid just makes life a little easier.

Ability Superstore have a wide range of swivel bathers – the fixed width swivel bather, the swivel bather for a corner bath, the adjustable width swivel bather, and the ultra-width swivel bather.

 A link to the Myco Ultra Width Adjustable Swivel Bather that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website

3rd Place – Bellavita Bath Lift

Bath lifts are the perfect bathing aid for many individuals, as they provide a safe way of being lowered and raised out of the bath, making getting in and out of the bath so much easier. With this bath lift, I particularly love the reclining backrest, as this makes lying in the bath so much more comfortable and relaxing; it’s just like seating in a comfortable chair.

 A link to the Bellavita Bath Lift that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website

2nd Place – Mangar Inflatable Bathing Cushion

The mangar inflatable bathing cushion is ideal for people who share the use of the bath with other members of a household and wish to easily remove the bathing cushion from the bath.

This mangar bathing aid is lightweight, portable and easy to fit and remove – it provides a safe and comfortable way of being raised and lowered into a bath, as the cushion inflates to raise you up and then deflates, at the push of a button, to lower you into the bath.

The mangar inflatable bathing cushion comes complete with a compressor, which is the item which does all the hard work of inflating the cushion.

 A link to the Mangar Inflatable Bathing Cushion that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website  

1st Place – Slatted Bath Board

Slatted bath boards are one of the best bathing aids around, as they are highly versatile. These bath boards come in a variety of widths and therefore fit across most styles of bath. They are great for helping with getting in and out of the bath. Click here to view the range of bath boards.

Bath boards are also available in wider widths with more slats (usually referred to as shower boards). These are ideal to remain seated on whilst washing with the use of an overhead shower.

 A link to the Nuvo Slatted Bath Board that's available for sale on the Ability Superstore website  

The Ability Superstore Website – More Information

I hope that my Top 10 of Bathing Aids has been useful. If you do want further information on any of the products I have mentioned, then please do get in touch with the Customer Service Team at Ability Superstore – they have a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge on every product they sell.

If you have the time, I recommend having a look at the complete range of bathroom aids (and other Mobility Aids) on the website. Ability Superstore has a large range of products and every type of independent living aids to help for each and every room. 

Top 10

We are always happy to receive feedback from our customers about your shopping experience and the services and information we offer. This also applies to our Mobility Aids Top 10s.

There are many different types of aids available from mobility scooters to wheelchairs and walkers, and new ones are introduced every week.

Are there any particular mobility aids you would like to have in a Top 10? Or any products, or equipment that you would like to get my expert and honest opinion on? Is there any specific advice, or information you need that will help to make your life easier?

Please do get in contact with us. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. You can email us at heretohelp@abilitysuperstore.com, or call us free on 0800 255 0498 and speak to our Customer Service team. We also have a Contact Us page on our website.