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03. August 2016
A disability can severely limit a person's freedom to bathe independently for many possible reasons. That doesn't necessarily mean they can't bathe themselves, but the walk from the living room to the upstairs bathroom can be a deal breaker for many disabled people and put them off bathing altogether.
That's why we've compiled a list of bathroom solutions that make it so easy, effortless, and supportiveindependenceas possible.
In this article:
- Types of people who need handicap accessible bathtubs.
- Lower back pain.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Portable bathtubs for the disabled.
- Handicap conversions in regular tubs.
First, let's examine the classes of people who need accessible bathtubs in the first place and why. For a brief list of these classes, clickHere.
About 10 percent of American adults are disabled as a result of their struggle with arthritis. The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OA occurs as a natural consequence of aging when the cartilage in the joints slowly breaks down, causing pain in that area. However, RA produces the same result, but through a failure of the body's immune system, which begins to attack the lining of the joint. Joint pain can occur in wrists, shoulders, knees, elbows, spine, ankles, ankles, and hips. Depending on how severe the pain is, this can limit your body's range of motion, which handicap bathtubs can address.
Lower back pain
As mentioned above, conditions like arthritis can cause lower back pain. Tension in the back muscles or ligaments is the most common cause of low back pain in 70-85% of all adults. In many patient studies, the primary method of control has been found to be hydrotherapy rather than land exercise. This is partly due to the relaxing active ingredients in air and water massages and the exhilarating quality of the water. self.
Rheumatism is one of the hallmarks of arthritis-related joint pain and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by a malfunctioning immune system that causes joint pain, stiffness, fatigue, hair loss, seizures, and skin rashes.
Diabetes can lead to severe immobility considering that 30-35% of patients with type I and type II diabetes have been associated with neuropathic conditions resulting in loss of sensation in the ankles and knees. Such a sensory deficit can trigger ulcers from unrecognized heat contact and excessive pressure on the affected area. A chain of events beginning with ulcers can later lead to Charcot's foot (plus sensory impairment), limb deformity, and possible amputation.
HydrotherapyIt can help in the early stages of neuropathy, before ulcers develop, by treating damaged muscle fibers, bones, and skin incisions. It does this by improving blood circulation and speeding up the process of delivering healing agents in the blood cells to the parts of the body that need them. Handicap bathtubs with leg-only massage systems make this process quicker and easier than ever. ClickHereLearn more.
The most accurate estimates conclude that one in three people with cerebral palsy cannot walk and three in four experience pain when moving. So far, no conclusive evidence has been found on how accessible bathtubs can help adults with cerebral palsy, but some speculate that a child with cerebral palsy may be able to teach themselves to bathe independently before going through severe periods of immobility.
ClickHereLearn more about children's accessible bathtubs.
The benefits of hydrotherapy are endless and, when used properly, can easily improve the quality of life. Learn about hydrotherapy's ability to treat diseaseHere.
Portable bathtubs for the disabled
Heavenlyis the first manufacturer to produce portable bathtubs for the disabled, as an innovative break to make bathroom units more accessible to us from a technical point of view.
Portable bathtubs shorten the distance between them and the user by making it easier to move when it's time to bathe. Making toileting easier for disabled users is all about the comfort that living spaces provide and it doesn't get any more comfortable than that.
These models have lockable wheels and can be placed almost anywhere in the home. All that is required is a water connection, which is replaced by a "Quick Connect Box" (picturedHere), allowing water to reach the faucet and get caught in the drain and overflow without leaking.
If garden tubs are too expensive for you, a conversion can be a cheaper alternative. You won't get the plethora of therapeutic features, but you can definitely benefit from the default.security featuresfound in all handicap accessible bathtubs.
Non-slip floors, benches and seats with side access (for wheelchair users), individual grab handles, low-threshold entry and escape-proof doors are possible with conversion kits. ClickHereknow how
Options vary by conversion kit as they depend on the style of your existing unit, be it a regular bath or walk-in shower. A simple ramp can be added to this for shower stallsDisabled accesswithout having to worry about changing from one seat to another. However, when it comes to regular bathtubs, prices could climb to almost $1,000 without installation costs.
Key benefits of conversion kits include:
- They are hundreds if not thousands of dollars cheaper than full blown handicap tubs.
- They are wheelchair accessible.
- It includes the standard safety features found on factory handicap pans.
- No leakage.
- Easy and quick to install in 2-4 hours.
- They do not require the removal of your existing tub or shower stall.
- No bathroom renovation or remodeling is required for installation.
Click here for an informative presentation of advanced bathroom accessibility devices such as bathroom lifts, transfer seats and benches, power seats and mobile seatsHere.
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