Like a bracing walk in the country, the thrill of a morning shower is something that does not lessen as one gets older. As a means of starting the day, nothing can match the relaxing, cleansing and exhilarating way in which a shower can wake us up.
But as the years go by, the act of taking a shower can become more difficult and certainly a much riskier business than it ever was.
Whether you have a separate shower enclosure or a combined shower bath, the likelihood of slippy floors and the need to step over awkward ledges and bath-sides can represent something of a challenge if your mobility is restricted.
Thankfully, there is a solution that means your showering days need not be over: the walk-in shower.
Walk-in showers are designed to take the risk out of showering, removing the threat of injury or a fall and ensuring as comfortable and safe an experience as it ever was.
The walk-in shower is more than just a piece of safety equipment though; it can be an integral part of a stylish bathroom. We can take a closer look at some of the sometimes surprising benefits of a walk-in shower:
People have differing mobility and bathing needs and so an off-the-shelf walk-in shower enclosure is often not the most suitable answer. A key benefit of a walk-in shower is that a good manufacturer will be able to deliver a custom solution that meets your exact requirements, whether you are looking for a shower tray, wet room or level floor, right or left-hand entry, full or half panels or doors or no doors. The size of your bathroom is not a problem, either.
A popular material used in walk in shower enclosures is ceramic tile, a long-lasting and durable material that can withstand wear and tear and the pressure of constant water for years. Once installed, your walk-in shower should continue to look good and stay in full working order for a long time.
Traditional showers can be a complete nightmare to clean - there are nooks and crannies that are barely reachable without the flexibility of a contortionist, and the result is that some areas can be left unattended to amass grime and limescale. Walk-in showers offer a much bigger and more open space, giving you or a helper a simpler cleaning job.
According to a 2011 study by Waterwise, the average eight-minute shower consumes 62 litres of hot water, against 80 litres for the average bath. Over the course of a month, such a difference can have a considerable impact on your water usage while also being more eco-friendly. Although a bath is a real luxury from time to time, a walk-in shower allows you to continue to enjoy the benefits of a shower for much longer.
To the uninitiated, a walk-in shower can bring with it notions of ugly-looking hand-rails and functional rather than appealing design. The truth is very different. Today's walk-in showers are elegant and contemporary, available in as many styles as traditional showers and totally complementary to the existing style of your bathroom.
Mobility Plus offers the UK’s largest range of walk-in showers that prolong the unrivalled experience of a shower for all. A family-run business, all of its custom-made showers are available in many sizes, manufactured to the highest standards and packed with features that are focused on ensuring safety and comfort for users.
For more information about the full range of walk-in showers at Mobility Plus, visit www.mobility-plus.co.uk or call 0800 077 6393.
(This is a guest article from Mobility-Plus.co.uk)