Safely getting into and out of the bath tub is a challenge for even a healthy person. But when you’re injured, weak, or lacking balance, getting into the bath becomes more dangerous. Bath lifts are designed to facilitate safe transfers into and out of a bath tub, and they are excellent for use in both home and professional health care settings.
Bath lifts serve to eliminate that big, dangerous step over the lip of the tub. Rather than stepping down into the tub, a bath lift provides you with a surface to sit on that then is lowered directly into the tub. This design increases stability and reduces the physical demands of getting into and out of the tub.
Bath lifts are ideal for anyone who is weak, unstable, or who has a limited range of motion which prohibits them from making that big step into and out of the bath tub. Bath lifts are designed to be easy to use in your home bath, and feature weight capacities which can accommodate up to 375 pounds.
You will find that bath lifts are available in different styles. The most common style is an extended chair which adheres to the bath tub’s bottom. In some cases, the chair reclines, but some lifts feature chairs which lower while remaining upright. Lifts which mount with suction cups have the advantage of being removable so that other household members can use the entire tub. However, if you invest in a bath lift which mounts to the wall, the lift has the ability to actually slide and transfer the patient over the tub lip before lowering the patient into the tub.
Bath lifts are battery powered and many come with a waterproof hand control for ease of use. When evaluating a bath lift, make sure to familiarize yourself with any safety controls that the bath lift features – some lifts will not lower themselves if there is not enough battery power left to raise the lift back up again.
Check Bath Lift Height Against Tub Dimensions
When choosing a bath lift for home use, make sure that the lift is properly sized to accommodate your bath tub. The lift needs to be high enough to facilitate a smooth transfer across the tub’s lip, but it also needs to be able to lower fully down into the tub.
Consider Mounted Versus Unmounted Options
Consider whether a mounted or unmounted bath lift is best for your home and intended use. Unmounted bath lifts which secure themselves to the tub’s floor provide plenty of versatility and can be removed when not in use. On the other hand, mounted lifts have increased stability and can actually slide across the tub lip for a smoother transfer.