A bath lift is a specially designed seat which fits in a bath tub and lowers a person in and out of the water. Bath lifts are helpful devices for the elderly or for anyone who has limited mobility.
Many times caregivers of elderly and disabled people find that lifting them in and out of the bathtub not only puts a strain on the back, but can also be very unsafe. Handicap bathtub lifts have been used in hospitals and nursing homes for some time but are becoming more and common in the private residence.
Most bath lifts look like a simple chair, and are easily installed with large suction cups for safety. Some bath lifts have reclining seats and padded cushions for added comfort and many have rotating seats for easier access. Most are operated by a handheld device with a battery and some work by water pressure. The more deluxe ones have a safety feature that will not let you lower the lift unless there is enough power to bring it back up. Bath lifts generally have the capacity to hold between 200 and 300 lbs.
Bath Lift Alternatives
Another type of bath lift is the inflatable type, which is a comfortable alternative. Inflatable bathing cushion lifts are a bit different in that they look like an air mattress and are actually powered by air pressure. They are light and easy to transport when traveling.
In addition to adult or elderly tub lifts there are also bath lifts designed for disabled children. These come in both standard type and inflatable. One particular inflatable lift type has four different levels that can be adjusted from flat to a 70 degree angle. It holds a child up to 110 lbs and includes rails, leg straps and a pommel to keep the child from sliding.
Bath lifts can range in price from around $500 to $2000 depending on quality, comfort and ease of use. They are easy to install, can be stored right in the tub and require very little maintenance. Whether you are a handicapped or elderly person who desires to regain your independence, or a caregiver who needs a little extra help, a bath lift can be the answer.