This shows a bath seat with a blue liner for clarity. It is one of the models that allows an elderly person to sit right in the bath

Having a bath safely

This shows a bath seat with a blue liner for clarity. It is one of the models that allows an elderly person to sit right in the bath

Having a bath safely

Warm, relaxing and soothing. Who doesn’t love a bath once in a while? Surrounded by lovely scented bubbles it always seems like a treat and “me time”.

The bathroom however is one of the rooms where most elderly people tend to fall.  Much can be done to prevent this and ensure a bath can still be enjoyed safely as people become less mobile and have difficulty balancing.

I personally would not recommend a walk-in bath unless you have a very warm bathroom. You will find yourself sitting there naked, potentially getting cold whilst waiting for the water to fill up. You then have to wait for the water to drain away again.  Whilst I do appreciate the benefit of a bath at an increased height may seem appealing if you can not get into a standard bath there are other alternative solutions.

I am far more in favour of the many types of bath lifts that are available. I especially like the ones that really lower you down into the water.

There are so many different options available. The seat shown above is the Drive Bellavita lightweight reclining bath lift.   Price at the time of writing  £229.87  (If you were to buy this item I would earn £ 11.49  and it doesn’t cost you a penny more)

A bath is meant to be relaxing not merely a way of getting clean and sitting perched on a plastic seat across the bath with just your feet in the water is not my idea of pleasure or relaxation. If you are still able to reach your feet it does mean you can wash them but it is not a bath as such but does offer a more affordable solution to remaining independent and safe in the bath. Bath seats are available either as a static board or with a swivel action – some have back supports others not. The bath seat below is the Aidapt Coniston Rotating Bath Seat.

This shows a bath seat with a swivel action and back supportThe price at the time of writing is £79.95 ( I would earn £3.99 if you bought this item)

A bath is meant to be relaxing not merely a way of getting clean and sitting perched on a plastic seat across the bath with just your feet in the water is not my idea of pleasure or relaxation. If you are still able to reach your feet it does mean you can wash them but you are not having a bath as such.

 

The seat shown below is a good compromise. You are able to sit in the bath, admittedly not right at the bottom but your legs would soak. The seat makes it easier to get in and more importantly out of the bath safely especially if grip rails are available and you have a good bath mat in place.

This shows a slatted bath seat with suction pads

This is the Homecraft Savanah Bath seat and comes in at an affordable £35.07 ( I would earn £1.75) The advantage here is the suction pads hold the seat firmly in place and you are able to lay back in the bath to some degree. The addition of a bath pillow would make this more comfortable. Using an extra-long bath mat would also be a good idea and at £12.99 would make a thoughtful gift.

this shows an extra long bath mat in a light blue

Other ideas to help.

Bath steps are also available which can make the climb in and out less of a hike and once again minimise the risk of a slip or stumble. Many people utilise the community call bell system pendants and wristbands which are not waterproof in most instances. Rather than get it wet it could be placed in a plastic food bag and hung somewhere to hand.

Some items may available from Social Services free of charge so it is always worth finding out this before splashing out ( couldn’t resist that one!) a fortune on equipment.

Happy Bathing!

this image shows a lovely rubber duckDon’t forget your rubber duck.

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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