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As we age, getting in and out of the bathtub becomes progressively difficult and dangerous.
Bath lifts allow seniors to continue enjoying the comforts and benefits of bathing. However, lifts must be used properly to prevent accidents and injuries.
As someone experienced with bath lifts, I want to provide tips to maximize your safety, or that of your elderly loved one.
Video Guide to Bath Lift Safety
1. Get Medical Clearance
Before purchasing or using a bath lift, consult your doctor to ensure bathing is recommended for your condition. Therapists can also evaluate if a lift seems advisable based on your needs. Medical guidance is crucial.
2. Check Tub Size
Measure your bathtub size and compare it to the lift’s minimum space requirements. Lifts need adequate room to fully lower and rotate. An improperly fitted lift risks tipping or getting stuck.
3. Install Securely
Follow the manufacturer’s directions to install the lift securely. Suction cups or clamps must adhere tightly. Improper setup makes the lift prone to detach and fall, causing injuries.
4. Limit Weight
Exceeding the lift’s maximum weight capacity risks breakage and falling. Include your weight plus any shower chairs or other assistance devices. Comply with restrictions for safe operation.
5. Have Help Nearby
Never use a lift home alone. Even if you usually transfer independently, always have someone in the house who can quickly assist if needed.
6. Transfer Carefully
Use any mobility aids you normally require when transferring on and off the lift. Move slowly and keep your balance centered over the seat. Request a caregiver to provide stabilization if unsteady.
7. Use Safety Devices
8. Stay Alert
Conditions like dementia or certain medications may increase the chances of dozing off in the tub. Use flotation devices if this is a concern for greater safety.
9. Check Controls
Ensure the lift has sufficient battery or electrical power before lowering into the tub. Otherwise, you could end up stranded in cold water.
10. Keep Electricals Dry
Detach batteries and chargers and store them away from water when not in use. Never submerge electrical components to avoid electrocution.
11. Maintain Properly
Follow cleaning and maintenance directions. Regularly inspect for damage and address any worn or broken parts immediately.
12. Read Warnings
Thoroughly read the instruction manual and all safety warnings before use. Follow the guidance for secure installation, operation, transfers, weight limits, and maintenance.
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Stay Safe While Soaking
With age, bathing brings difficulties, but bath lifts provide a solution. By consulting doctors, planning thoroughly, and using lifts cautiously, seniors can continue enjoying the soothing comforts of bathing.
Be sure to follow these safety tips when using a bath lift. A relaxing soak starts with prevention and preparation.