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Elderly Bath Time: Getting to Know Disabled Bathtubs and Showers

 a hydromassage bathtubThe issue of elders who have a challenge to take showers and baths is rising as our population grows older.

It is important to understand the options that exist with devises that are created to help elderly adult take care of their hygiene needs.  Bathing is essential in our daily routines and as we age, it becomes difficult.

Below are some elderly devices that can be used to to help your aging parents bathe and shower on a regular basis.

Bathtub Transfer Bench: A bathtub transfer bench is essential for getting an aging adult or an adult with limited mobility safely in and out of bathtubs. There are many different variations of this product to help the elderly with bathing.

Folding Bath Bench with Back: This is a chair designed for the elderly when they are taking a shower. It is perfect for everyday use and also good when your elderly parent travels because it easily folds up and can travel. Another important fact for your elderly parent is that it has holes in the seat to reduce slipping giving them added peach of mind

Bathtub Lift: A bathtub lift helps many elderly people because it raises and lowered the person into and out of the bathtub. It is powered by a battery that is typically rechargeable. This is a perfect solution for elderly parents that are at risk for slipping and falling due to decreased endurance or poor balance yet still enjoy taking a bath.

Bath Rail: A bath rail is an example of a grab bar that attached to the side of a tub, which provides additional support to older adults while moving in and out of the tub. A bath rail is usually removable and not permanent making it an excellent option for your elderly parent.

Bathroom Grab Bars: When you are helping an aging parent, bathroom grab bars are a must in every situation. Bathroom grab bars range in size/shape and can come in about every finish imaginable which is enjoyed by the elderly. The grab bar can be placed in a wide variety of places including by the shower, toilet and bath tub. Elderly adults should use this when they need extra support moving in and out of the shower, on and off of the toilet, etc.

Hand Held Shower Head: For an elderly parent who enjoys sitting down on a shower chair an added help is a hand held shower head because it allows them to shower more easily.

Wheel chair or handicap accessible shower: For the elderly, a simple solution to being able to shower is to have a wheel chair accessible shower installed. This is a “curb less” shower that is also called a walk-in or roll-in shower that is deep enough so that your elderly parent’s entire wheel chair can easily fit in it.

The ability to shower and bathe is taken for granted by many but as you age and become elderly this simple task becomes a luxury. Elderly people for one reason or another cannot negotiate the high curb of a traditional shower and they certainly can’t get into a bath tub. These devices designed for elderly and handicap people, can easily allow the activity of showering and bathing back into their lives.