While bathing in Western culture has not yet gone the way of the dinosaur, showering is much more popular and is considered faster, more convenient and much more eco-friendly than running a bath. Shower usage skyrocketed towards the end of the 20th century, and numerous different types of shower are now in use. There are domestic showers in multiple forms – showers over the bath with curtains, stall showers with glass doors and wet rooms. There are public showers, electric showers, power showers, air showers and steam showers. Concerns about time, i.e. not having enough of it, are only becoming more prevalent for increasingly busy 21st century people. Additionally, where hygiene barely crossed people’s minds before the modern age, today it is a primary concern. Bathing is seen as the less hygienic form of washing because it involves water that quickly becomes dirty once you immerse yourself in it.
Showers: the safer option
Moreover, showers rather than baths are now recommended for older people or those with mobility problems. They are considered safer because they reduce the risk of injury due to falling. While installing a shower over a bathtub is often seen as the most affordable and space-economical of solutions, it is not the safest, easiest or most practical solution for the elderly or less mobile person. They still have to climb over the side of the bath to enter, and there is a risk of slipping on the floor and curves of the bath.
Lots of shower types to choose from
There is a vast range of walk-in showers on the market to choose from, some made specifically with elderly and less mobile people in mind. They work as ideal replacements for conventional baths. Many come with slip-resistant shower trays, floor-to-ceiling support poles, grab rails positioned to suit particular needs, easy sliding doors, and large showering areas. A number of them come with shower trays that are extra low – less than a centimetre high in fact – making showering easier and safer still if stepping in and out of the shower is becoming a difficulty. Alternatively, trays that are completely level with the floor can be fitted for those who require this.
But just because they are designed with mobility and safety in mind does not mean these showers can’t look good as well. There are plenty of stylish enclosure options, with a choice of white or satin trim, elegant rimless glass sliding doors and lavish chrome fixtures. Once you’ve selected your particular bathroom upgrades and renovations, it may be prudent to consult with a contractor like Infinity Home Improvement to ensure your changes adhere to building codes and get price points to have a professional complete the task for you.