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Elderly Bath Time: Getting to Know Disabled Bathtubs and Showers

As we continue to live longer and well into our senior years, the challenging issue of elders taking safe showers and baths is exacerbated.

Bathing is essential in our daily routines, and as we age it becomes difficult to manage. Safety is key, so it’s important to understand we have the technology available to keep our elderly population safe when taking care of their daily hygiene.

Below are some devices the elderly can use to in developing regular, safe hygiene routines.

Bathtub Transfer Bench

A bathtub transfer bench is essential for getting an aging adult or an adult with limited mobility safely in and out of bathtubs. Transferring is one of the activities of daily living (ADLs) our Home Health Aides can assist with in your day-to-day, defined simply as the ability to move from one position or place to another. This such device allows for privacy with the safety of transferring.

Folding Bath Bench with Back

This chair is designed for the elderly to be able to take a seat when they are taking a shower. It is perfect for everyday use and also good for those who travel as it easily folds up for ease of transfer. The holes in the seat are designed to reduce slipping, giving any senior user added peace of mind about their safety. Many seniors find it difficult to bend whilst showering or cannot bend at all, so a bath bench is key for any aging person.

Bathtub Lift

A bathtub lift helps many elderly people with limited mobility as it raises and lowers the person in and out of the bathtub. This is a perfect solution for elderly parents that are at risk of slipping and falling due to decreased endurance or poor balance thus cannot stand in the shower to wash themselves clean – a bathtub lift provides a perfect solution.

Bath Rail

A bath rail is a type of grab bar attached to the side of a tub, providing additional support to persons with fall risks while moving in and out of the tub. A bath rail is usually removable and not permanent, making it an excellent option.

Bathroom Grab Bars

No matter the situation, be it an aging person or disabled individual, bathroom grab bars are a must. They range in size and shape and can come in about every finish imaginable to fit your bathroom’s design. The grab bar can be placed in a wide variety of places, including by the shower, toilet, and bathtub. Elderly adults should use this when they need extra support moving in and out of the shower or on and off of the toilet.

Handheld Shower Head

For an elderly parent who enjoys sitting down on a shower chair, a handheld shower head provides the added help they need to shower most efficiently.

Wheelchair or handicap-accessible shower

For the elderly, a simple solution to being able to shower is to have a wheelchair-accessible shower installed. This is a “curbless” shower that is also called a walk-in or roll-in shower that is deep enough so that your elderly parent’s entire wheelchair can easily fit in it.

The ability to shower and bathe is taken for granted by many.

As you age and become elderly this simple task becomes an obstacle. These devices designed for elderly and handicapped people can easily allow the activity of showering and bathing back into their lives.

At Alvita Care, we strive to provide the most excellent home care in NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester County. For more information, contact us.


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