Safe, Easy Bathing for Seniors
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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Is Getting in and out of your Bathtub Painful or Dangerous?
There is really nothing like personal experience for generating new empathy. I was taking a bath the other night and realized that it is difficult to get out of a small bathtub when you have bursitis in one elbow and carpal tunnel in the opposite hand.
My own personal struggle may be why the ad I saw in a magazine caught my eye. It was for a bath lift.
I thought about how wonderful a hot bath is for aching muscles and how sad I would be if I couldn’t take one anymore. That is the reality for some seniors who have trouble getting in and out of the bathtub.
It’s good to know that there is an option available besides just taking showers for the rest of your life.
What is a bath lift?
Like the name suggests, a bath lift is a mechanized chair that lowers and lifts a person into the bathtub.
I’m sure there are similar products out there and comparing bath lifts could be a good thing but this will at least give you a place to start if getting in and out of the bathroom has become dangerous or painful for you.
This bath lift is portable and battery operated, with a waterproof remote. The Archimedes bath lift gently lowers you to the bottom of the tub. You take your bath as usual and then use the waterproof remote to gently lift you back up out of the tub when finished.
It recharges and has a very important security feature that prevents it from working at all if it is not sufficiently charged to handle both the lift down into the tub and the lift back out at the end of the bath. No danger of getting stuck in the tub and the battery going dead, in other words.
The company has a toll free number for questions and for ordering information. If you decide to call, jot down the item number, which is #ZR-4880 and the name, which is Archimedes Bath Lift, so that you will be sure you are talking about the same product.
This company apparently makes other safety-oriented products for seniors so you might wanta request a catalog too.
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