The Role Of Handicap Accessible Showers In Restoring Independence
As we age, we find our physical abilities decreasing. Nothing is strange about this. The majority of us know that mobility issues come with the territory of getting older. However, mobility issues are not exclusive to the elderly. Serious injuries and illnesses can occur at any age. And when such circumstances impact one’s mobility in ways that require for him/her to use a wheelchair, a lot more than their ability to get around needs to be considered.
1. Can Handle Anyone’s Emotional Well-Being
Disabilities cause depression. There’s no simpler way to put it. So, when considering the mobility solutions for an individual with a disability, it’s only right that their emotional well-being is taken into account. This is especially true throughout the bathing process. We’re all well aware that bathing requires us to remove all of our clothing. So, it’s not hard to imagine one’s resistance to assistance with this daily chore.
The team up at Ottawa, Canada’s Your Reno Guys completely agrees with us. “Physical health directly impacts one’s psychological health,” they write, “Promoting mental health in our elderly loved ones means not only helping them remain in their accustomed surroundings, but also helping them feel at ease functioning there. The bathroom is one of the most challenging rooms inside the house in which to promote safety. Many offer limited room to maneuver, and wet floors and hard surfaces further increases risk of serious injury.”
2, Lowers the Risk of Injury
Not only do those with mobility issues often experience anxiety with having to receive intrusive and privacy-ridding help in the bathroom, but the bathing process can also be a dangerous to anyone who doesn’t have access to a handicap accessible shower. The ability to use handicap showers has proven to greatly improve the emotional states of those who suffer with disabilities. A much lowered risk of injury and a restoration of independence are the two biggest benefits.
3. Eliminates Stress
“Wheelchair-accessible handicap showers ensure that both peace of mind and dignity are maintained while bathing,” says Your Reno Guys, “Adapting a home for independence and accessibility also allows for seniors to continue to enjoy their own sentimental or prized possessions, maintain routines, remain with their pets, and stay connected with family and friends — all of which mitigate stress and promote a longer life.”
But, as much as we’re in agreement with our Canadian counterparts, the team, here at Forward Day, has a bit of a different approach to resolving the mobility concerns faced by those in wheelchairs. While they focus primarily on renovations, we practice what we firmly believe is a simpler and more effective solution. Our Shower Bay portable showers are designed to enable wheelchair users to comfortably take through showers with running water without having to renovate their homes in any way.
4. Portable and Easy to Use
Because Shower Bay can be installed in any room within the house, the bathrooms in those homes doesn’t need to be reconfigured at all. The snap-together-quickly abilities of the Shower Bay eliminate the need to even be concerned about which floor of the house the traditional shower is located. A wheelchair user can easily enter and exit the portable showers on their own, allowing for a full restoration of independence and dignity.
And, as mentioned earlier, one’s positive emotional state is every bit as important as their physical condition when considering overall health. When it comes to providing wheelchair users with greater peace of mind, our experience has proven to us that Shower Bay portable showers greatly outdo traditional handicap accessible showers that have been constructed in bathrooms following full renovations.