Molly Bather
Sep 12

How To Introduce The Idea Of Bath Lifts


If you’re helping an older family member or friend and are watching as they struggle with everyday tasks, it could well be time to get them to consider making modifications to their home to make life easier.

But it can be difficult to introduce some of these concepts to someone who may be wary of change and unsure of what it will mean for their wellbeing.

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News recently offered some advice on how to choose the right bath lift, which could prove useful if you need to suggest the idea yourself.

One of the biggest reasons people are reluctant to install this kind of device, according to the news provider, is fear of the unknown. However, these lifts have been in existence for many years and are well proven. A wide variety of models and styles are available, so it is important to speak with an experienced provider.

It’s essential to consider the needs of the person you’re installing it for and make sure that whatever device you choose is appropriate for them.

Explaining why a bath lift can help not only them, but their caregiver, can also be effective if they are unsure about the merits of the technology. It’s important that anyone helping them with tasks like bathing is able to do so safely without risking injury.

Other small changes you may want to make to a bathroom to improve its safety for someone with limited mobility include having good non-slip flooring in place and making sure that the bathroom door can be unlocked from both sides.

Molly Bather
May 22

Can you fit a Molly Bather belt bath lift to a corner bath?


Sometimes it takes a bit of ingenuity to solve a problem!

Mrs E was struggling to use her corner bath. She’d had a fall and her family was nervous about her safety. They called one of the large national bath lift companies and were advised to change the bath so that a belt lift could be fitted straight across. This would have meant major disruption as all of the walls tiles and floor tiles would have had to be renewed. They were not very happy about that!

Practical Bathing was introduced by a friend, and we went to take a look. The Molly Bather seemed to be the most appropriate model for the situation. It was a bit tricky as the corner bath means the lift and fixing bracket have to be at an angle, and the bath panel bulge would push the lift away from the bath rim. However, nothing is impossible! We took detailed measurements and drew up a plan so that a special wall bracket could be made. The lift was fitted with extended “bumpers” so that it would avoid the bath panel but reach the bath rim.

The lift was installed very carefully to get the angles correct, and adjusted to height. It was then fully tested before demonstrating to the customer.

Mr and Mrs E were delighted to have achieved their aims without remodelling their bathroom, and saved a considerable amount of money too!

If you need a bath lift, call Practical Bathing for advice. We won’t let you down (well, only into your bath of course!)