I understand that getting into or out of an ordinary bath or shower can become an uphill battle for the elderly or less physically able but why struggle when an easy to access walk in baths and showers can make bathing both independent and enjoyable again?
You'll only be able to have eligible goods VAT free if you’re chronically sick or disabled and the goods are for your personal or domestic use. You don't need to be registered disabled or eligible for any other benefit to qualify for VAT-free goods.
What HMRC mean by 'chronically sick or disabled'?
For VAT purposes, you’re chronically sick or disabled if you have:
● A physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect upon your ability to carry out everyday activities
● A condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness (that’s a long term health condition)
For VAT purposes, the term 'chronically sick or disabled' doesn’t include a person who’s only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, for example with a broken limb or someone who’s elderly but isn’t chronically sick or disabled.
You don't need HMRC’s permission to declare that you’re disabled or chronically sick. If you're not sure whether your condition means you’re chronically sick or disabled you may wish to consult your doctor or other medical adviser.
You can find out more by telephoning the VAT Disabled Reliefs Helpline Telephone: 0300 123 1073.
HMRC staff cannot advise whether or not an individual is chronically sick or disabled.
If you have problems with balance, and getting in and out of an ordinary bath is difficult, a walk-in, sit down baths allow you to enjoy your bath while sitting on a comfortable seat
Full-length walk in baths give you the best of both worlds, as they are accessible baths that can also be used in the traditional way. This is especially useful if there are a number of different people who will be using the bath.
Whether for space or convenience, combining your bath and shower can be a big help. Those with limited mobility no longer have to choose between having a bath or a shower, a walk-in shower bath enables them to have the best of both worlds.
A disabled shower is designed to provide an accessible showering area that allows for bathing with the minimum fuss.
The shower cubicle fits conveniently into any sized space and can feature half height shower doors to allow for carer assistance or open plan showering areas and wet rooms provide ample door free access for wheelchairs.
An easy access shower is an ideal choice for a less mobile person. For people who prefer to shower the decision is an easy one to make. However, many people who prefer a bath find the decision to install a shower a difficult one to make because it is not what they are used to and, of course, once installed it will be a permanent addition to the home.
Options for a disabled toilet offer assistance and convenience. They provide you with raising and lowering assistance, as well as bidet options, to make bathroom visits easy, safe and comfortable once more.