3 Part Series on
Equipment That Can Fill the Gaps
By Erica Sells
Harmony Home Medical
San Diego, CA.
Part 1: Bathroom Resolutions
is a relatively new term that is being used by Baby Boomers all
over the US It has become a buzzword that means to
home throughout life, as opposed to a nursing
or other care facility. This concept is extremely popular,
of Boomers have said they would prefer to age in their
rather than in a facility or senior community. However,
10% are actually achieving that. This is a life style choice
that must be planned in order to become a reality.
That is where the Aging-In-Place
essentials of Accessible Design and Accessibility Products really
take a central role. It
is important to know the basic features your home must have to be
able to live there safely regardless of age or physical ability.
While it is nice to remodel and achieve those features with
construction is just as important to combine those upgraded living
spaces with the right equipment. When necessary you can even replace those changes
with equipment when circumstances don’t allow one to remodel their
homes. This can be the case for either budgetary
issues, structural issues, or rental issues, when you don’t own
your home and are not allowed to make those changes. Let’s take a
look at some of those equipment solutions in the bathroom.
The bathroom is the most important area of the home to address, as
80% of all falls happen there. So let’s look at a couple options to
address a bathtub ledge:
Portable Powered Bath Lift
The transfer bench is a very simple, traditional way to safely
enter a tub. It provides a seat on the outside of the tub that the
person can sit down on then slide over into the tub, removing the
possibility of a fall. You can get these in sliding and swiveling
models as well as the typical stationary model.
Next the TubBuddy makes your tub into a roll-in shower with a track
that goes over your tub and allows the shower chair to connect and
slide right into the tub. This allows the person to transfer safely
in their room on to the rolling shower chair then push or be pushed
into the bathroom to connect to the track. They are available with
tilt as well if the person requires tilt. This may be the case if
they have poor seated balance.
The Milford Lift is a new product to the USA that is a powered arm
that lifts an individual up and over the tub ledge. It allows the
swing arm to be custom built to transfer to multiple locations if
necessary, like the toilet and the tub. It also has a freestanding
base that can be used to attach the arm to and transfer the person
bed side or anywhere you roll the base. This is a very universal
and unique way to safely enter the tub.
Lastly is the portable powered bath lift. This product is a lot
a transfer bench that has power to take the person up and down
the tub. The lift sits inside of the tub and has adjustable
that sit on the edge of the tub and bridge the gap just
like a transfer bench. So then the person slides over and uses the
power themselves down into the tub and soak in that
therapeutic water. Then they can safely power themselves
back up to tub’s edge and slide transfer out.
These are 4 different ways to “eliminate” the tub ledge in your
home without construction. Contact Harmony Home Medical for more
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