The Problem With Bathing Safely As You Get Older- And How We Can Help.
It can sometimes be difficult to admit that doing things that you have always been able to do are now a struggle. When you begin to lose your mobility, every day tasks such as bathing can become a danger to your health. However, you shouldn’t let the fear of falling stop you from enjoying a nice, relaxing bath. Simply follow these bathing tips:
Bathing Safely As You Get Older
There are numerous things that you need to consider when bathing as you get older. Loss of mobility and long-term medical conditions can often mean that your safety can be compromised when trying to bathe independently. Here are some things to consider:
As we age, our skin becomes more and more delicate. This means that it is even more important to protect yourself from scolds and burns, particularly from running water. This is why our Easy2Bathe is designed with a handy in-built temperature gage! It means that as well as preventing you from having to reach over the side of the bath to test the water temperature, it reduces the risk of scolding.
Did you know, the optimum bath temperature to soothe aching joints is around 37 degrees?
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
According to the NHS, around one in 3 over 65’s will have at least one fall per year. Around half of these will have more frequent falls. This is why it is paramount to ensure that the risk of slipping and falling is minimised when you are in the bathroom.
Balance problems, water and soapy surfaces all contribute to making getting into and out of the bath dangerous. There are many ways that you can minimise the risk of slipping though, these include:
- Ensure that you have a non-slip mat in your bath to help to provide better grip and prevent slipping over
- Install and use grab rails in your bath or shower to help you get in and out
- Make sure the floor is dry and that slippery surfaces are cleaned as quickly as possible
- Take your time! There is no need to rush yourself when getting into and out of the bath
- Consider purchasing a bathing aid that will help you to bathe independently and safely
Consider a Bath Lift
A bath lift could be a fantastic option for you if you struggle to get into and out of the bath. They are compact, and offer can offer you an abundance of safety features. What’s more, you will not need to purchase a whole new bathroom to enjoy their features; they fit on to your existing bath!
As it’s name suggests, the Easy2Bathe bath lift raises you in and out of the bath safely, securely and easily. This means that you do not have to worry about stepping over the side of the bath. Not only will this prevent you from inflicting pain upon yourself, but it can also reduce the risk of you slipping or falling when you are trying to get into or out of the bath tub.
The main unit is securely fastened to your bathroom wall, and the seat is fixed to the floor. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery, and the motor lowers and raises the belt, taking you right to the bottom of the bath. With an Easy2Bathe, you are able to enjoy an independent, full-depth bathing experience.
There are plenty of other benefits of using a bath lift as opposed to transitioning your entire bathroom. Not only is it cheaper and quicker to install, but the retracting belt on the Easy2Bathe means that your family members are still able to use your bath conventionally too! It also boasts many safety features including:
- Non-slip transfer belt to help to keep you safe and secure when bathing
- An in-built temperature gage so you don’t have to reach into the bath to test the water
- Non-slip transfer seat to aid you further when entering and exiting the bath
- In-built grab rail to offer you extra support when getting into and out of the bath
Bathe Without Risk Once More
Want to find out more about how an Easy2Bathe could help to assist you when you’re bathing? Click here to request your free brochure!
Or, give our team a call on 0800 083 0036 today! With one quick phone call, we can arrange for a free, appointed demonstration in your home with one of our trained advisors. This means that you can try before you buy to ensure that the an Easy2Bathe is not only compatible for your bath, but also that it is the perfect bathing solution for you.