CONQUERING MOVABILITY THREATS IN THE BATHROOM

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Steering yourself in the bathroom is sometimes the most troublesome chore to experience on a daily basis when a person is faced with a mobility challenge. Just the thought of it makes a person feel tired and lifting a leg over the bathtub or shower saddle or balancing your step on a wet, slick floor can make a person feel absolutely terrified.

However, there are ways and means of conquering these threats.

Worrying days about re-modelling the bathroom to suit your immobility is over now, as there are inexpensive bathroom solutions for your safety

There are many options available and a definite solution for every immobile person. However, choosing the correct bath accessory with the guidance of a physical therapist or healthcare provider is advisable.

Grab Rails

This suction grab rail provides great extra support in the bathroom, shower and toilet. It could be easily installed and removed and fixed in any other area. This is also ideal to take along when travelling.

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Tub Rails

The tub rail and tub mount is the perfect appliance for any tub. This powder-coated steel bath rail is adjustable and can be fastened directly on to the side of the bathtub. It is perfect for entering and exiting the tub. It can also be used by a person weighing up to 100kg.

Bath Rail - Tub Mount

Toilet Riser or Frame

A toilet riser or frame can be placed on a toilet seat reducing the distance from the toilet seat to standing upright, making it perfect for post-surgery recovery. The raised toilet seat has arms that swing back, adjustable height and manufactured to fit most standard toilets.

A toilet frame is an appliance that is placed under the toilet seat to support balance from seated to standing position. Both these accessories are ideal for those with limited mobility. The over toilet aid-aluminium manufactured with strong rust-proof aluminium with a lifetime warranty against rust. It includes a plastic seat and lid clip off to simplify hygienic and easy cleaning. In addition, the anti-slip rubber tips offer strength and balancing on wet floors.

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Bath Lift

A bath lift is an ideal way to relax in the tub. It is the best way to enjoy your bath without being concerned about falling when exiting the tub. It is a comfortable chair that could be placed inside the tub and operated with a remote control.

The Deltis standard bath lift is the most sought-after device. It comes in two parts for easy installation, removal and transport. Manufactured with the best quality material makes it the safest and comfortable device without any servicing required.

A proper action plan and knowledge on products available will help to eliminate fears of using the bathroom and conquer movability threats.

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Bath Seats

Bath seats are a perfect source of support to keep one’s balance and privacy while being independent and It will not be difficult to find a seat to fit your tub or shower among the vast array of stools, seats, benches and seats available in the market.

The Bariatric shower chair is one of the popular products which has suction cups to keep the chair safe in your bathtub or shower area. Manufactured with a very strong rust-proof aluminium frame for better strength.

Swivel Bath Seat - Myco

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HIGH QUALITY BATHROOM DISABILITY AIDS

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Bath and shower aids are two bathroom disability aids that assist in retaining the independence and privacy of the elderly and those with limited mobility when they require to use the bathroom. A wide array of bath and shower aids in the form of grab rails, shower chairs, bath boards, and reclining and self-propelled mobile shower and commodes are now available in all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide. Derived from well-known brands such as Care Quip, Ausmedic, Sunrise Medical, KCare and many others and specially chosen for comfort and safety of the user with the durability of the device in mind. The bathroom aids range further covers either a higher level of support or a handhold in the bathroom.

Bath seats are one of the most commonly used aids as it naturally gives a sense of security and safety to the user when having a bath. It is also believed to provide many health benefits. The user could relieve stress and ease sprained and sore muscles with the use of such aids.

Shower Chair

This is one of the popular bath aids available at ILS manufactured by Hero Medical, It is supposed to very strong and built to resist corrosion.

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Folding Shower Chair

This is a foldable, height adjustable, aluminium shower chair with a plastic seat and side arms to assist the user to lower and raise into the seat.

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Swivel bath seat

The unique design of this bath seat easily fits its base frame over the bath and made of easy to clean plastic. The strong frame swivels 360 degrees and guarded with a locking lever. Its steel frame is fitted with a plastic seat and a drainage hole.

Swivel Bath Seat - Myco

Bath Lift

A bath lift is another aid that offers the best comfort and safety to the user.
The user will find getting in and out of the bath easy and it divides into 2 parts for easy installation, dismantling and transporting.

Deltis Bath Lift

Bath Rail-Tub Mount

It is a powder coated adjustable steel bath rail which could be fastened onto the side of most bathtubs. Users up to 100kg could depend on this to be transferred in and out of the bath.

Bath Rail - Tub Mount

Transfer Bench with Backrest

This device can be used to transfer a patient to and from the bath easily and safely. Equipped with a height adjustable aluminium frame and durable plastic seat, the suction legs allow more stability and slip resistance to the transfer bench. The backrest is removable and usable on either the left or right-hand side of the bath.

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Portable over Toilet Aid

This device is a product of Hero Medical and manufactured with aluminium for durability with the seat and lid made out of a high-quality plastic. The seat is non-flexible with a removable lid for easy cleaning. It has been treated for corrosion resistance and also equipped with a splash guard and height adjustable extension legs.

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Comfort and Portability

All these devices provide comfort to those with limited mobility and can be taken anywhere as it does not take much time to install in the required places.

TOP 3 NEW MOBILITY AND CARE SOLUTIONS FROM ILS

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When a person is old or immobile due to an injury or birth defect, it becomes impossible or difficult to use normal seating chairs. A specially designed chair becomes necessary depending on the demands your body has to face in your daily life.

Independent Living Specialists have specialized chairs taking your comfort, correct positioning and posture into consideration. You will be able to find a specialized chair to meet your needs perfectly at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide. They have a wide range of strong, comfortable and durable chairs sourced from some of the most reputed brand manufacturers.

Importance of posture

In order to carry out normal work efficiently it is necessary to adopt the required posture, as a person’s activity depends on good posture and if the movement is restricted or if it is difficult to adjust to proper posture, specialized seating becomes necessary to overcome this issue.

Specialized chairs

Utility Days Bariatric chair, Chair Bariatric Royale and Seatra Commode & Shower Chair Plus travel bag are 3 of the top new specialized chairs available at all stores of ILS Australia wide.

Utility Days Bariatric Chair

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Priced at $595.99, Utility Days Bariatric Chair has a low back and a fine orthopaedic solution with additional features ideal for dining and daily household work of users. It is fitted with an adjustable seat height at an angle that gives the ideal hip support. The curved cushioned backrest of the chair is very comfortable and a good support for the posture.

Chair Bariatric Royale

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The Chair Bariatric Royale is priced at $695.99. It is a high back chair with an orthopaedic solution that provides a broader seat width and strong frames suitable for users weighing 200kg and above. It is also fitted with an adjustable height and seat base along with a bowed backrest and steel frame coated with powder.

Seatara Wheelable Commode & Shower Chair plus Travel Bag

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Priced at $3,295.99, this specialized chair is one of the most advanced level commode and shower chairs that could be wheeled and permits the user to easily use a normal toilet stall.

The commode is lightweight, self-propelled, water resistant and portable chair fitted with an operational wheel system.

Highlights of the Product

• It is sturdy, durable and strong with adjustable foot-rest and usual arm-rest.
• Due to its unique size, it can go through any narrow path and fit into the tiniest cubicle.
• It has a wheel lock fitted for safety and security.
• It is easy to be kept clean and does not need any special cleaning products.
• The transport bag is equipped with wheels and designed with the universal wheelchair symbol for trouble-free commercial transportation.
• It is usable on top of a normal toilet 47cm by 37cm.
• Foldable arm-rest can be pushed up for sitting comfortably for long period of time.
• Maximum weight capacity of 100 kgs.

Health Benefits

A proper comfortable seating decreases pain in the back, hips and neck and increases mobility and independence. However, it is important to choose the correct specialist seating device after the person’s need or requirement is properly assessed by a professional.

A Guide to Bath and Shower Aids

Being independent enough to do your own work can be hard as you grow old. Most of us become too weak to even walk without support. However, that does not mean we need to depend on a family member or even a caregiver.

That is why the aged care equipment created by trusted manufacturers is useful for the elderly. They provide you the help you need to have when you are doing anything. There is equipment to help you walk, to sit and even to help you with baths and showers. Having this kind of assistance, especially with bath and shower aids, can be very important. However, that does not mean you should buy just any equipment. You should always be mindful of what you purchase.

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Durability

The durability of the equipment matters a lot. As bath and shower aids they will be in contact with water. Water can harm a lot of material. If you are choosing a shower chair to make sure it is corrosion-resistant. If not it will start to corrode after several times of use.

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Help Offered

All the home health care equipment you buy should actually offer you help. For example, if you are using a toilet chair it should provide the help you need. The chair also requires being comfortable while you are on it. If it has wheels as in the Glideabout Commode chair, you will be able to easily transfer it to the toilet. Likewise, every piece of equipment you buy should offer you genuine help.

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Strength

The shower and bath aids you choose have to be strong too. For example, there are bath lifts which can help you to get in and out of the bath safely. A product like Bathmaster Deltis even comes with a remote which helps to operate the aid. You just sit there and press button to get in. At the press of a button, you can come up to a normal sitting position and get out without difficulty. If you are buying an aid like this it has to be strong. If it is not, you can suffer injuries as it can break down. To avoid such negative results, only buy products created by reliable manufacturers.

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Prices

You have to think about the prices too. If an item with low quality is sold at a high price you should never buy it. All the reliable manufacturers will be fair with their prices. So, you just have to focus your attention on them. Always look for the best quality.

Choice of Equipment

If you take a shower chair there are multiple items in the market. Sometimes, the same manufacturer produces the same item with different features. By choosing a place which has a large collection of items you can choose what is best for you. A place like the ILS website is the best choice for a range of bath aids.

Choose your bath and shower aids keeping these in mind.

 

Best Mobility Scooters for the Outdoors

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Regaining your independence in the event of an injury or due to old age can be done with the help of the mobility solutions. Choosing the one of the best mobility scooters that can be used both indoors and outdoors would be ideal. Various types of mobility scooters can be categorised based on their features making them ideal for use outdoors (as well as indoors). These can be classified as travel mobility scooters, mid-size scooters and outdoor mobility scooters.

Travel Mobility Scooters

Ideally, these mobility scooters can be either three wheel or four-wheel designs that are majorly used indoors due to its lightweight nature. However, they can be used outdoors too. It is important that when used outdoors, that it is on smooth and hard surfaces. These small mobility scooters are designed with smaller wheels that make it ideal for manoeuvrability especially in tight spaces. They are quite easy to dismantle and load into a vehicle, but most of these models are limited in battery power and speed therefore long distances outdoors is not recommended.

Pride S19 Folding Mobility Travel Scooter Pride GoGo Ultra X 3 Wheel Mobility Scooter Pride GoGo Elite Traveller Plus Mobility Scooter
Max Speed:  6km/h
Range: 20km
One step dismantling
Max Speed:  6km/h
Range: 13km
One step dismantling
Max Speed:  6km/h
Range: 23km
One step dismantling

 

Mid-Size Mobility Scooters

These mid-size or medium sized mobility scooters are three or four wheeled mobility solutions. These come with larger wheels that make it ideal for outdoor use but also offers manoeuvrability indoors such as with shopping malls, restaurants and more. These mobility scooters for outdoor come with features such as wheel suspension, turn signals, headlights and more. However, these models cannot be dismantled and will need accessories to lift them into a vehicle such as a ramp or lift.

Pride Pathrider ES10 Mobility Scooter Pride GoGo LX Mobility Scooter with CTS Suspension Pride Pathrider 130XL Mobility Scooter
Max Speed:  8.8km/h
Range : 18 km
Can be dismantled
No headlights/turn signals
Max Speed:  12km/h
Range : 34 km
Comfort-Trac Suspension
Can be dismantled
Max Speed:  12km/h
Range : 34 km
Front and Rear Suspension

 

Outdoor Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters made especially for outdoor use usually come as 4-wheel designs for added stability. These are accepted as the best mobility scooters for the outdoors with suspension features, lighting options, and ground clearance for rugged terrain. As they are made for outdoor use, they are equipped with high performance batteries ideal for long distances and higher ground clearance to withstand varied terrain.

Shoprider Rocky 4 Mobility Scooter Pride Pathrider 140XL Mobility Scooter Sunrise Medical S700 Mobility Scooter
Max Speed:  15km/h
Range : 50 km
Front and Rear Suspension
Pneumatic wheels
Max Speed:  15km/h
Range : 35 km
Full suspension
Hydraulic Sealed Brake
Powerful motor
Max Speed:  12km/h
Range : 55 km
All Round Suspension
Pneumatic wheels
High performance batteries