How Can I Continue To Use My Bath?
For many people, bathing is an important aspect of their lives. Bathing is known to be an important contributor to self-care, bathing also helps with mental and emotional health, helps soothes muscles and joints, not to mention general hygiene. For these reasons baths can play an important role in a person’s life. As we get older or go through a period of injury, we may find it difficult in accessing or being able to use the bath.
Key question for many is: how I can continue to be able to use my bath?
There are a number of ways an Occupational Therapist can help you to enjoy the benefits of the bath in your home:
1. Adapting the activity – showing you how to get in/out of the bath by changing the activity.
2. Alternatives – goes through alternatives – showering, bed baths etc.
3. Adapting the environment – this may take place in building works, but can also include a range of equipment which may help the person to enjoy a nice relaxing bath.
There are several pieces of equipment that can assist with independent use of the bath. These include:
- Bath Lifts: Bath lifts are devices that lower individuals into the bath and raise them back up. They typically have a seat and a backrest and are powered by a battery. Some models may also have a reclining function and can swivel for easier transfer.
- Bath Boards: Bath boards are boards that span the width of the bath and provide a platform to sit on while bathing. They typically have a non-slip surface and may have handles for added support.
- Bath Seats: Bath seats are similar to bath boards but are designed to be used with the individual’s feet inside the bath. They can be helpful for individuals who need more support while bathing.
- Grab Bars/Rails: Grab bars/rails are handles that are mounted to the wall of the bath and provide support and stability for the individual while entering, exiting, or moving around in the bath.
Consulting with an Occupational Therapist can be beneficial when considering equipment options for independent use of the bath because they are trained to assess an individual’s abilities, needs, and limitations related to performing daily living activities. They can also evaluate the individual’s bathroom environment and recommend equipment that is best suited to the individual’s specific needs and living situation.
Additionally, an Occupational Therapist can provide guidance on how to use the equipment safely and effectively, as well as provide training on any necessary techniques or strategies to maintain independence in the bath.