Independent Living Assistance
Bath lifts are designed to aid homeowners with mobility restrictions to continue enjoying the everyday ritual of taking a bath or shower. Whether that person is an elderly individual or some one recovering from an accident, a bath tub lift provides independence and stability to those needing assistance while taking a bath or shower.
A bathtub lift chair is normally installed on the side of the bathtub , and the user simply sits in the seat and is lowered into a warm, soothing bath. When the bath is finished, the bath tub chair lift then raises the user to tub level where they can independently and without help step out of the bathtub.
A textured non-slip seat on the tub lift gives the user comfort and safety when bathing or showering.
Mobility Aid Options For Disability Access
Bathtub lifts for the disabled are essential for seniors and aging parents to maintain their dignity and independence and can be easily incorporated into an accessible bathroom design.
Simply put, aging parents will no longer feel guilty for being a burden and family members will no longer feel guilty for not always being around to assist less mobile siblings.
From simple portable shower seats to battery or electrical operated bathtub lift stations; these medical lifts are wonderful devices for people who can not step into or out of a bathtub, however, knowing exactly which independent living equipment you need can mean the difference between a nice bath, and a possibly dangerous situation if you purchase the wrong mobility aid.
A powered bath lift can be used without any help from outside caregivers, compare this to spending thousands of dollars a month for a nursing home.
Self-Care Remote Control Devices
Using a remote control that can be mounted on your bathroom wall or held in your hands for immediate access, the user simply sits in the bath chair lift, which is situated outside the tub, and is swiveled into the tub and then lowered into the awaiting water.
Once again, when the bath is complete, the user is raised out of the water, and again returned to the side of the tub above the floor. This is the best choice for health wise senior citizens with serious mobility restrictions.
The bath lift is a viable safety device alternative in contrast to installing a walk-in-bath which may require expensive bathroom remodeling and the need for a high priced plumber. And the best part is unlike a walk-in bath, you can easily take the bath lift with you if and when you move.
Aquatic Lift Stations
Other types of bath lifts, however, can be used by people with less restriction in movement, but may prove harmful to those who can not support any weight on their legs. Meaning, there are models that simply sit in the tub and then lower the homeowner to the water.
If someone who does not have, or has minimal, use of their legs were to use one of these tub lifts, they would have trouble getting up from the bathtub chair lift seat, and could very easily fall and injure themselves.
When choosing the proper bath lift, it is very important that you select the model that best suits your individual mobility needs. Choosing the wrong bath tub lift could potentially lead to a dangerous situation and possible injury.
Creating an Injury Free Zone
For instance, air pressure lifts normally have no back support. These air pressure lifts would be very unsteady for someone with sever equilibrium difficulties that prevents them from achieving proper balance.
A bathtub lift is an affordable walk-in-bath alternative when creating universal bathroom design. Choosing the correct bath lift is very important for the safety, well being of the homeowner and mental stability of the person using the elevating lift device.
Choosing a transfer lift simply based on its price is not a sound practice. First and foremost, find out before you buy the lift mechanism exactly what the weight restrictions are, and how it the lift device works.
Getting the Right Personal Care Equipment
You will need to know if the chair lift pivots to return you to the side of the bathtub, mainly if you have difficulty stepping out and over the tub. Do some investigating into the many medical lift models available is strongly encouraged before you purchase one.
Bath lifts are designed for your safety and enjoyment, but if you choose the wrong bathtub lift chair, then the product would be useless and possibly dangerous for you. Make sure that you know exactly which lift mechanism you need to prevent any accidents, and allow yourself the freedom and enjoyment of a bath.
As a final note there are many other safety products out on the market such as a toilet lift that in conjunction with a bath lift can give your aging parents or elderly life partner the freedom and safety they need while using the bathroom.