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November 16, 2018

 

How you can adapt your bathroom if you suffer with Arthritis

Here we review some of the key considerations when designing and installing bathrooms that are both safe and comfortable for users who have arthritis.

Arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK, according to statistics from Arthritis Research UK. It affects people of all ages and approximately 20% of the general public consults a GP about the musculoskeletal condition each year.

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.

There are two types of arthritis:

Osteoarthritis - the most common form of arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are already 10 million people in the UK who are living with some form of arthritis. However, the problem only looks set to get bigger as our population continues to increase and age rapidly, so our activity levels also start to decline.

Based on this, the need for adaptations in the home, particularly in the bathroom, is expected to increase dramatically to help promote and ensure independent living for our elderly and those with disabilities.

Previous results of the accessible housing survey reveal that people from across all of the UK are planning to install some form of accessible features in their homes in the coming years.

However, it is key to know how to create appropriate spaces that meet the various needs of those living with arthritis. Therefore, the usage of proven design guidelines whilst evaluating each element of the traditional bathroom setup will prove rewarding.

What makes a bathroom arthritis-friendly?

Mobility aids

Mobility aids such as grab rai