In previous entries to this blog series, we’ve gone over numerous additional accessories meant to supplement portable walk-in bathtubs by making entry, exit and other movements easier and more comfortable. These items complement such features already present in walk-in tubs, ensuring seniors and others with mobility issues do not have problems bathing.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we’re proud to offer a variety of portable tub options for elderly and handicapped bathing needs. In today’s conclusion to our series, let’s go over one category we haven’t looked into much to this point: Lifts, which actually do almost all of the work in picking up the user and transferring them into the tub without requiring any effort from them at all. Here are a few different lift types seniors or their caregivers might consider if they need a high level of assistance getting in and out of the tub.
For those looking for assistance with both lifting over the edge of the tub and moving up and down from the bottom of the tub for bathing, the floor-mounted bath lift is often a great choice. This is a comprehensive tool that solves the entire process of getting into and out of the tub for those who are unable to do so themselves.
Floor-mounted bath lifts allow for seating at the very bottom of the bathtub, ensuring no part of the bathing process is sacrificed. These items are on the pricy side, starting around $4,000, but this is due to the multiple mechanical parts involved. The final cost will depend on the home’s architecture and the difficulty of installation.
Wall-mounted lifts are similar, though certain models may require assistance from a second person to swing the device in and out of the bathtub – for this reason, they are often best for seniors who have a dedicated caregiver assisting them. They allow for movement directly from a wheelchair into the bathtub, either a chair in the tub or the bottom of the tub itself.
These options are great because they reduce caregiver strain, often a major consideration for seniors losing their mobility. They are also expensive based on mechanical parts, and will require proper wall studs to ensure they are supported, but this value is quickly realized in practical ways.
Finally, there’s the ceiling lift, which often comes in a self-controlled format that does not require a caregiver’s assistance. This option includes a track installed on the ceiling, meaning there’s no blockage of any space in the bathroom. These options do require maintenance and tune-ups every so often, and the installation cost will be high but will depend on the structure of the room in question.
For more on the kinds of accessories that benefit seniors getting into and out of a portable walk-in bathtub, or to learn about any of our tub options, speak to the staff at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.