I've been told by the social worker not to take baths but to use the shower... She came to check out the house for aids they could install and said that as I have said it is difficult getting out of the bath, through not being able to lift myself fully, I should just take showers. They wouldn't put in handles as they wouldn't be a big help to me.
Then again, I am a beggar for checking and cleaning the shower head regularly. We're in a hard water area and the jets get clogged if they're not kept clean. It's so bad that if you leave it more than 3-4 weeks you need to buy a new shower head. Actually, that's not too bad an idea as they are cheap enough, even the pound shops have them.
It's probably more like changing your toothbrush doing it that way, although I do prefer to clean the one I have than go buy another. I take the head off and put it in a plastic sandwich bag, then use a bathroom cleaner first. I squirt the stuff down the tube, until it comes out of the nozzles, then massage the rubber nozzles through the bag to make sure the fluid fully coats them all. I leave it with the head face down in the sink, so the nozzles and surface area are in the fluid, for 20-30 minutes then use a spare washing-up brush (3 for a pound at the...) to make sure all the residue is cleaned off. This is the lime scale and/or any shower gel or shampoo that may have splashed on and 'set hard'
I then run hot water down the inlet and let the head spray into the sknk, massaging the nozzles again to let any bits of remaining scale out. and give it a good rinse. Then it goes into a clean plastic bag with a good squirt of lemon juice and it is given a really good shake around. That's more to clean away any trace of the bathroom cleaner, can do without that sort of stuff on the skin. Again, a good rinse and then I put it back on the shower hose.
I got hooked on the cleaning routine a few years ago, after watching The Hotel Inspector where she stayed in one place and the shower head was really disgusting in one room she looked at. Lime scale, dirt and various hairs stuck to it. She mentioned the nasty bacteria that could be lurking there.