Bathing and showering with arthritis

Tips for showering or bathing with arthritis

Standard taps require good grip and hand strength, so if you have arthritis, it might be a good idea to consider having lever taps or tap turners

If it is difficult for you to push yourself up from the bottom of the bath, you could consider a bath lift that lowers you to the bottom of the bath and lifts you up again after bathing - you do however need to be able to lift your legs over the side of the bath to use this. Click here to view our bath lift range.

I would also suggest using a non-slip mat to reduce the risk of slipping. Click here to view the slip resistant long bathmat - this mat comes in blue or white.   

If you have a shower, grab rails and a shower seat may be useful for you. When considering a shower seat, you need to make sure the shower base is solid and not plastic as the legs can go through plastic trays. A wall mounted shower seat could also be considered. 

If your shower is over the bath and you struggle to step over the side of the bath then a shower board may be useful for you. Please bear in mind that you will need to be able to lift your legs over the side of the bath.

You could also consider having the bath removed and install a level access shower.  You can approach your local County Council to find out if you are eligible for a Disabled Facilities grant or complete the work privately.

Long handled sponges, toe washer and long handed hair washer may also reduce the amount of reaching and bending when washing yourself. 

If drying yourself is difficult you could use a towelling dressing gown instead of using a heavy bath towel to dry yourself.

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