Assistive bathtub and shower devices come in many shapes and sizes, and each has a special purpose. Each has the same basic purpose: to provide added stability while completing personal hygiene tasks. By using bathroom aids, the patient can function more independently.
Bath benches come in two basic styles, with backs and without. The benches without backs are designed for individuals who sit normally and can balance. Bath benches with backs are designed for people whose balance and strength are less than normal. The benches come in models that fit inside the bathtub or shower, and versions that straddle the tub (half in and half out of the tub). These are referred to as transfer benches.
Safety rails attach to the side of the tub and provide support for individuals who need help getting into and out of the tub. Most safety rails do not allow full weight bearing.
All bath benches have rubber tips or suction cups on the feet to resist slippage. The user must never use the bathroom aid if they cannot use it safely and for its intended purpose. Safety rails attach to the tub by way of clamps or springs. These parts must be checked before each use to ensure the security.
Bathroom aids are water resistant, not waterproof; make sure that your bathroom aid is dried between uses. This will keep it looking and functioning like new for a long time. Never use a water spot remover on your bathroom aids. These solutions usually contain alkaline chemicals that can cause burning of the skin and are very hard to remove. Also, these items usually are slippery when wet and can increase the likelihood of a fall.
Always check bathroom aids prior to each use, for your safety.