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There is a wide range of bathing aids available to suit different shapes and styles of bathroom. There are bathroom grab rails, steps, seats and boards, mats and pillows and lifts.

When you shop for these mobility aids, there are so many factors to take into account and so many for sale. So, we have put together a small guide below.

Making Life Easier With A Bathing Aid

Along with the obvious daily hygiene benefits of having baths, there are also many benefits; they can reduce pain, reduce stress, and can even enhance your mood.

By using bathing aids, you make bathing safer and stress-free, even if you have limited mobility, are elderly, or if you are recovering from a short or long term injury, or just not as steady on your feet as you used to be.

These mobility aids are also ideal for extra support and the continuation of independent living for elderly and disabled people; you can still keep your privacy without having to ask for support.

Many of our bathroom aids are available with VAT exempt prices and with free UK delivery, so look out for the VAT exempt price when you place an order for delivery.

Bathing Aids - Bathroom Grab Rails

Grab rails have been designed to give you support, security, confidence and stability when you are in your bathroom. These mobility aids are available with VAT exempt prices, in a number of sizes to choose from, some are adjustable and there are numerous types of design and finish.

Portable Grab or Bath rails are also available, making for cost-effective accessible bathroom aids if you have balance or mobility difficulties or would just like some extra assistance in the bathroom.

Bath Lifts

Bath lifts are bathroom aids that you sit on, and then they gently lower you down. They are ideal to provide more support and safety for us as we grow older, or for those who are elderly and disabled, or with mobility difficulties, to enjoy the benefits of bath lifts and make life easier.

You stay seated on bath lifts, and then when you are ready, you will slowly be helped back up again.

Bath Cushions

Inflatable bathing cushions are an ideal mobility aid alternative to a bath lift or chair if your size or style of bathtub is not suitable for use with other bathing products. 

For example, if it is too narrow or uneven at the bottom to fit a lift. The most common factors to take into account are if a person has limited mobility, are elderly, are disabled, or recovering from an injury or surgery and whether someone has difficulty in getting into the bathtub, but then find it difficult to get back out again.

Bath Mats and Pillows

Bath mats and pillows are mobility aids to help increase your safety and also to provide you with added comfort when you are in the bathtub.

There is a large range of bath pillows available, some with VAT exempt prices, and they all provide something comfortable to lean on in the bathtub, particularly beneficial for those with back pain.

Bathing Aids - Mats

Bath mats are bathing aids that have been designed to reduce the risk of you falling on slippery areas in your bathroom.

For example, you could place grab rails at the side of your bathtub to help you to get into the bathtub, then use a pillow to help you to feel comfortable and then position a non-slip mat outside to help you when you get out.

Bath Boards

We have a complete range of bath seat and bath board mobility aids for sale at vat exempt prices.

Bath boards are simply fitted across the top of the bathtub and provide a safe surface for you to sit on, swing your legs over the side and then sit on the board to wash.

Some people will use a board as a midway point for assistance with getting in and out of the bathtub. 

So, they will lower themselves onto the board and then lower themselves into the bathtub or onto a seat.

Bath boards also have drainage holes to allow the water to safely move into the bathtub.

Bathing Aids - Bath Seats/Shower Stools

Bath seats or shower chairs are low seated disability aids that attach to the base with suckers on each of their four legs. This range of mobility aids are for sale in various heights and styles available (including a folding shower seat), at VAT exempt prices, often with chair accessories such as support arms and provide a bathtub or shower seat/chair height that is between a board and the base.

For those that need some more robust support, there are bath seats specifically designed to take a higher than standard maximum user weight.

Bathing Aids – Bath Steps

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the best solution, and bath steps are a great example of this. A bath step can be used to help you when you are stepping in and out of a bathtub or shower by giving you a raised surface to stand on.

Along with fixed height steps, there are also a number of adjustable bath steps available with VAT relief that can also be used to create a set of staggered steps to create a gradual downward slope, especially useful if you are not steady on your feet or have limited movement. 

These disability aids are also highly versatile as they can be used in other rooms in your home. For example, the panda bamboo step has been designed to look attractive with its elegant bamboo finish and this mobility aid would not look out of place in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom, shower or another part of the home.

There is a range of mobility aids available in different styles, with vat relief, and there are bath steps with handrails to give you even more security and safety when you are in your bathroom.

These bathroom aids are designed to help you if you are still able to raise your feet to manage steps but find the height of normal steps tricky or stepping away from a bathtub or shower. Another advantage of choosing steps as mobility aids is that they are lightweight and portable. So, just like the bath cushions and pillows, the steps can be taken with you. 

Bathroom Aids – Why Choose Ability Superstore?

Ability Superstore has a range of high-quality bathing aid equipment and toilet aids/toileting accessories, including walking aids and daily living aids, with vat exempt prices. We also have some bathing guides for you, how to choose a grab rail, how to make your bathroom more accessible and how to choose a bath lift, to give you some more advice and information when you search for the right bathing aid for your needs.

We offer free UK delivery on all orders of our range of bathroom aids and mobility aids, on items in your shopping basket with a price of over £40. We are also a supplier of mobility aids to the NHS and other healthcare organisations.

For a faster checkout experience, a new customer creating an account can have their delivery and payment details saved for when they make their next mobility aids order. All they have to do is log in with their email address, password and sign in and the next time the customer places an item in their basket and go to the checkout, our website will remember the details, saving time as they don't have to search for bank details.

Ask Kate!

We also have a medical professional on board with us. Kate Makin is our Occupational Therapist (or OT), available to give you advice, assistance and guidance on what the best mobility aids and equipment will be, to suit your needs.

Kate is writing a regular column, called – Ask Kate! This is where Kate answers our frequently asked questions on mobility and mobility aids. You can search through a number of previous Ask Kate! articles here.

You may want to know the best shower aids or bathroom aids for disabled people living at home, if there are height-adjustable shower stools, or want to know a cheaper price of grab rail compared with one at a higher price. 

Whatever your question, Kate will be able to help with her professional medical advice. If you do think of any questions that she hasn’t answered yet, then please do email us at heretohelp@abilitysuperstore.com with your question!

VAT Relief 

Many of our bathing aids range is for sale at a VAT exempt price. If you would like more information on whether you are eligible for VAT exemption, we have a VAT relief guide here. If you do qualify then when you see an item with a VAT exempt price, as you place an order and checkout, you will be asked if you are VAT exempt and you simply have to state your VAT exempt reason.

The customer services team can then check with the warehouse, and if the mobility aids are in stock, it can be ready to be despatched to you (free UK delivery on all orders with a price of over £40) within minutes of your enquiry.

We are also regularly updating the range of our high-quality bathing equipment and accessories, ensuring that any new and innovative bathing aids are available on our website at the best competitive (VAT exempt) price, with all the measurements and information customers need to checkout and make an informed purchase. You can call us for free on 0800 255 0498 or email us at heretohelp@abilitysuperstore.com