- Bath boards are for those who have difficulty getting in and out of the bath. It is fitted across the top of the bath and allows the user to sit over the bath without needing to step into the bath. Users of a bath board would find a long-handled shower hose useful.
- A shower hose on a slider rail allows the shower head to be used at heights appropriate to sitting or standing.
- A bath seat may be placed inside the bath to enable people to lower themselves further into the bath. It may be used independent to or in conjunction with a bath board.
Bath Transfer Benches
Transfer benches allow easier transfers over the bath by providing a bench outside of the bath that the user sits on, lifts their legs into the bath and then slides on the bench (either shuffling or using a sliding mechanism) to the centre of the bath.
There are a variety of bath transfer bed options available, most of which are height adjustable. Some come with holders for a shower hose.
A bath hoist may be required to assist individuals getting in and out of the bath and allow submersion with minimal effort.
The range of bath hoists include:
- Hoists placed on the bottom of the bath
- Hoists fixed to the wall or floor besides the bath
- Ceiling hoists
A shower chair or shower stool may be placed inside the shower recess to enable people to sit while showering. This may be useful for those with poor balance or those who tire easily. Shower chairs/stools with arm rests are available to help with getting on and off the chair more easily.
Mobile Shower Chairs
A mobile shower chair may be used over the toilet, in the shower and as a commode. A hobless (step free) shower or a ramped hob is required to enable the use of a mobile shower chair in the shower. Circulation space should also be considered.
Modifications may be required to improve access to or within the bathroom. A builder or Occupational Therapist should be consulted in relation to these changes which may be anything from the addition of a grab rail to the removal of a bath. Some examples of product modifications that may be required are listed below.
- Wall mounted grab rails besides the bath or the shower provide support for people with bad balance or limited mobility and can enable safe and independent access to the bath or shower.
- A non-slip surface on the floor of the shower or bath can improve safety in the bathroom. Non-slip florring, matting, treads and chemical applications to the original flooring are the available options.
Thermostatic Mixing Valves
- Thermostatic mixing valves can be installed in the bathroom to reduce the risk of scalding. These combine hot and cold water and deliver the mixed water at an even, pre-set temperature to the tap or shower.
Aids for Showering/Bathing
- Soap mitts may aid washing for those with only one hand available to them.This is a towelling mitt with an elasticised wrist and a sewn-in soap pocket.
- A towel with hand loops sewn to each end may be used by people with limited movement to dry themselves.
Long Handled Aids
- A variety of long handled aids are available to assist those who have difficulty reaching. Some available options are; toe-washers, toe-wipers and long-handled scrubbing brushes.
These have armrests and also raise the height of the toilet seat with adjustable increments on the legs. They are ideal for users who struggle to get on and off the toilet. This product does not require any modifications to the toilet and can be removed easily. The user must be able to push equally on the both arm rests when sitting or standing so as not to tip the frame.
Raised Toilet Seat
These sit on the bowl of the toilet to raise the height of the seat for those who struggle to get on and off the toilet. They are available in a variety of heights.
Grab Rails and Toilet Surrounds
These do not raise the height of the toilet but act as supports for those with impaired balance or mobility. A fold down grab rail is useful in restricted spaces or where a wall is not available near the toilet.
These are for users with limited mobility who are unable to make to a toilet independently. Bedside commodes can allow independent toileting at night. Mobile commodes can also act as shower chairs and over toilet frames.
Personal Care Aids and Bidets
Toileting in Bed
- Bedpans and urinal bottles may aid those who are unable to get in and out of a bed or chair to go to the bathroom.
- A bottom wiper may allow those with restricted independent movement to clean themselves.
- Bidets can be retrofitted (fitted to a pre-existing) to a toilet or replace the existing seat. Electric bidets offer wash and dry cycles, odour control, comfort heat settings and many more options. Portable bidets are also available.