Last Updated on June 10, 2012
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 244,000 people go to the emergency room every year because of accidents that occur in the bathroom. More accidents occur in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, 70% of all accidents that occur in the home happen in the bathroom. If you live with limited mobility, then trips to the bathroom can be even more dangerous.
Fortunately, there are a number of bathroom products that are calibrated, designed, and carefully built to assist wheelchair users. Here are 4 examples of products that can ensure safe and comfortable bathroom use for individuals in wheelchairs:
- Shower Chair – If standing or sitting in the bathtub is a challenge, then a shower chair can make it easy for disabled individuals to bathe. With non-skid rubber tips, adjustable legs, and removable arms, a shower chair is the safe bathing solution that those who use wheelchairs need.
- Handheld Shower – Even with a shower chair, it can be difficult reaching and bending to turn on the water or adjust the shower head. Fortunately, a handheld shower has a 7 foot long hose and an on/off control button, making bathing comfortable and convenient.
- Transfer Bench – Getting in and out of the bathtub safely can be challenging, especially for an individual with physical limitations. But, just as the stair lift makes it easy to get up and down a flight of stairs, a transfer bench makes it easy to safely transfer in and out of the bathtub from a wheelchair.
- Toilet Frame Bars – Not only can these lightweight, durable, and easy-to-install bars be used as a safety frame for the toilet, but they can also be used as a raised toilet seat or even a bedside commode. When installed in the bathroom, toilet frame bars provide extra support when sitting down and getting up from the toilet.
It’s extremely important that bathrooms are outfitted with the proper equipment to allow individuals a high level of safety, comfort, and independence. To learn more about bathroom aids, contact Williams Lift Company at (908) 322-7070. Whether you are looking for surgical supplies, stair lifts, wheelchair ramps, or bathroom aids, we are your one-stop shop for home healthcare needs in the state of New Jersey.