On the weekend, I’m off to BML16. I’m looking forward to a weekend with lots of lovely bloggers, learning something new and having a laugh. I’m staying in a hotel room on the night by myself, and do you know what I’m looking forward to most of all?
Having a bath.
Really. I’m really looking forward to having a long soak in the bath. I haven’t had a bath since we moved into this house in February – we have a shower enclosure instead. 90% of the time, I love it. It’s one of those spa-type power showers and it’s really lush in there, but sometimes, all I want to do is run a really deep hot bubble bath, light some candles, pour a glass of wine and lie in the bath with a book.
Of course, that perfect bath has never actually happened, even when we had a bathtub. It would more than likely be a lukewarm bath (I never seemed to get the hot to cold water ratio correct), with a few bubbles floating about. As soon as I would get in there, there would be kids hammering at the door, screeching they need a poo. That’s not forgetting that I would end up sharing my bath with various toys that always ended up looking a bit manky!
So yes, I’m really looking forward to having an uninterrupted bath, and who knows, it might be the one time I get it the right temperature!
It made me think though about how people who are physically unable to climb in and out of a bath manage, and how we take things like baths for granted. My nan, for example. She suffers from arthritis and isn’t able to climb in and out of a normal bath. She has a bath lift that helps her get in and out of the bath, but she has to think about charging the remote up hours in advance, and can’t sit back and chill out. She’s had it a fair few years now, and there is so much more choice these days – walk in showers, walk in baths, wet rooms etc.
Bathing Solutions have launched a campaign to help break down the barriers about how we view old age. By 2050, the over 65’s will make up almost 17% of the population, and it is definitely time for us to break that stigma of older people being incapable or unable to learn new skills. You can find more information about this on their website.