Case Study - Taking A Bath
Jill lives with her husband and has recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis which affects her hips and knees so much so that she is now struggling to get in and out of the bath. She has grandchildren to stay most weekends so wanted a solution that would not impact on them using the bath.
Jill enjoys and feels the benefit of soaking her joints in warm water but this is something she is not able to do independently anymore; she has thought about buying a bath lift but wanted to discuss the options available.
I discussed the different styles of bath lift with Jill and her husband and for them, an important factor was that the bath lift could be easily removed for others to use the bath. Jill had good sitting balance, and this is important when using an inflatable style of bath lift as this has no backrest so could add the risk of falls. Jill also wanted to be able to lie right out in her bath so again the inflatable bath lift gets you as low as possible in the bath.
After taking all the styles of bath lift into account, rigid back, reclining back, inflatable bath lift, they decided on an inflatable style of bath lift. Jill advises that for them this style of bath lift was the best option, she is able to safely and independently lower herself into the bath, stretch out to have a soak and the bath lift can be easily removed so the rest of the family can use the bath.