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Your guide to bath lifts

Your guide to bath lifts

A bath lift gives you the opportunity to continue bathing independently and there are a variety of different features to look out for. 

How to choose the right bath lift

How to choose the right bath lift

bath lift is a seat or cushion which gently lowers you to the bottom of the bath, so you can fully bathe in the water, and lifts you back out when you have finished. It’s an option worth pursuing if you’re starting to feel unstable when standing due to pain or weakness in your legs, pain in your back, pain or weakness in your shoulders and upper body, or you’re experiencing balance issues or dizziness.

The bath lift is secured to the bottom of the bath using suction feet and is operated from a rechargeable, battery controlled handset which has safety features that prevent the lift from not rising due to a flat battery.

You will need to be able to back up to the edge of the bath to sit, and lift and swing your legs over the side to experience the benefits a bath lift can offer, such as:

  • Being able to bathe safely, immersed in the bath water
  • Being simple and quick to install
  • Being easy to remove and store, enabling easy access to bathing for other people living with you
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You need to be able to lift your legs over the side of the bath while in a seated position, and maintain sitting balance while the bath lift is going up or down.

How to use a bath lift

Take a look at the Aquila Bath Lift in action below. A bath lift is great as it:

  • Raises and lowers to help you in and out of your bath
  • Supportive backrest reclines to offer greater comfort
  • Will not lower without enough battery power to rise again
How to use a bath lift
How to use a bathing cushion

How to use a bathing cushion

Take a look at the Mangar Bathing Cushion in action below. A bathing cushion has the benefit of:

  • Inflates and deflates to raise and lower you in and out of your bath
  • Lightweight to make it ideal for travelling
  • Inflatable design allows you plenty of room when lowered
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Top tips to get the most from your bath lift

You will need to think about how easily you can get on to the seat and lift your legs over the bath side. You also need to take into account whether you wish to recline once you are in the bath.

  • Think about your transfer options. If you think it will be difficult to get on to the seat, look for a bath lift which has a swivel seat option or a slide and swivel seat.
  • Would you like a reclining bath lift? Not all bath lifts have a reclining option, but those that do offer a controlled recline once the lift is at the lowest point in the bath. The seat will then return to an upright position before rising up when getting out of the bath.
  • Have you considered a bathing cushion? Some bath lifts comprise of a large air-filled cushion, which inflate and deflate to allow access in and out of the bath. These are only suitable if you have good trunk control, as you need to be able to maintain an upright position when lowering or rising.

Things to consider

A suitably placed grab rail may provide additional support when getting on or off the bath lift.

long handled bathing sponge will make it easier to reach your lower limbs or back once you’ve been lowered into the bath.

bath step will make it easier to sit on the bath lift, and is easy to store when not in use.

If you find it difficult to grip things, tap turners can be fitted to your bath or sink taps to make them easier to turn.

Magiplugs are an easy-to-use safety device which prevent flooding by releasing the plug if there is too much weight from the water. They also change colour to indicate your water is too warm, preventing the risk of scalding.

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