How to Select the Most Suitable Mobility Bath Aids
Posted on August 11th, 2017.
Mobility bath aids are designed to help people use the bathroom more safely and independently. Meant to assist those with disabilities or age-related mobility challenges, these devices can provide tremendous relief for those who might otherwise require assistance to bathe. Fortunately, there are many types of mobility bath aids available in the market today. Unfortunately, the diversity of options can make it difficult to determine which aids best fit the situation, the budget and the desired quality level. Here are some tips that can help you make the right choices for yourself or a loved one.
- Set the budget in advance – Mobility bath aids can range rather greatly in price from simple upgrades that cost very little to complete bathroom fixture retrofits. When setting the budget, be sure to look into available assistance. Some insurance companies, for example, will pay for or offset the costs of installing such items as bath seats or walk-in bathtubs when medically necessary.
- Identify the main problem or problems that need to be addressed – When the problem is readily identified, it becomes much easier to pinpoint the right aid to help. If an elderly loved one can no longer stand in the shower, but has no trouble getting in or out, a simple custom shower seat may provide all the required assistance. If access is a concern, a barrier-free shower or walk-in tub might provide the greatest level of assistance.
- Consider quality – If the mobility aid will be needed long-term, quality considerations will matter. Investing in a custom shower seat rather than a cheaper removable chair, for example, may represent long-term savings due to greater durability.
- Seek assistance – It can be very beneficial to speak with your doctor or your loved one’s healthcare provider for recommendations. Local walk-in bathtub and mobility aid providers can also be of great assistance.
Taking the time to find the right mobility bath aids to fit the circumstances can help you or a loved one enjoy a safer, more independent experience in the bathroom. If finding the right aids for the situation proves to be a challenge, healthcare providers and local retailers can assist.