In part one of this multi-part blog series, we went over some of the additional safety and convenience elements many seniors or caregivers choose to assist them with bathing and bathtub entry and exits. In addition to our portable walk-in tubs, which contain similar assists in the form of swinging doors and several others, these items help many who struggle with movement to bathe in comfort and peace.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we’re proud to have pioneered the theme of portable tubs for those who can benefit from their qualities. Our low-level door locks in fully to avoid any leak concerns, and we offer numerous additional safety and convenience features. Let’s look at some other items you may choose to assist you or your loved one in addition to our tub solutions.
There are several types of lift chairs or themes available, and one of the simplest and most affordable is the manual crank. This is a type that often requires a caregiver present in the home – this is because someone needs to turn the crank to lower the seat and raise it back up after the bath is finished, a task some seniors do not have the strength for.
Manual crank chairs tend to cost roughly $500-$550, a price that’s well worth it given the lack of batteries needed and the simplicity of operation. Like the other options we’ve gone over to this point, there is no professional installation required.
Another lift type is the battery-powered inflatable lift, which is more expensive than a manual crank option but also provides additional benefits. All the user has to do is push a button, at which time an inflatable cushion they’re seated on will slowly deflate, lowering the user into the tub. Pushing the button again re-inflates the cushion and raises the user back up to exit the tub.
Inflatable lifts allow the user to get closer to the bottom of the tub than a chair style, though some find that balance issues arise when they use these products. In addition, some inflatable options have maximum seat heights that are still a bit too low for certain taller individuals.
One of the simplest and most affordable convenience options here is a transfer bench, which is a stationary item with a seat long enough to extend over the entire tub. This allows the user to safely sit down, then lift one leg at a time over the tub wall to enter it.
It should be noted that for tubs shaped with a rounded bottom, transfer benches might not be the best choice. This is because their feet will not have the proper surface to balance on. In addition, transfer benches do sit partially outside the tub, which can limit bathroom space for those using a wheelchair or walker.