Bath Lifts Tips and Resources
7 Useful Tips for Bath Lifts
Controller—Look for a controller that is water resistant and floats so it is easy to locate.
Cleaning—For anyone that may be prone to infections, a bath lift that is easier to clean (i.e., has a smooth surface and fewer moving parts) may be the solution. Most models come with optional covers that can be washed regularly as well.
Deeper soak—For a deeper soak, choose a lift that has the least amount of space between the bottom of the bathtub and the seat. Most lifts get down to about 3″ from the bottom of the tub; the lowest lift on the market right now goes down to about 2.3″.
Taller individuals—Taller people require more leg room in a bathtub, which may cause a problem with reclining bath lifts. Reclining bath lifts take up more space in a tub. A rigid backrest or manual bath lift with a removable back rest may be the answer.
Set-up—Bath lifts should be easy to set up, remove and store especially if other people are using the bathtub. Some bath lifts have mechanisms to make it easier to release the suction cups for removal.
Safety mechanism for battery-powered bath lifts—Battery-powered bath lifts should not lower the user unless there is enough power to lift them back up. Make sure the lift has this feature!
Safety first!—If the bath lift doesn’t level properly to the side of the bathtub, transfers can be dangerous. Selecting the right bath lift is important for safety. A knowledgeable and experienced local pre-qualified dealer can help find the most suitable bath lift.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bath Lifts
Can I use Epsom salts when using a bath lift?
Epsom salts may be used without harming the bath lift. The use of bath oils and moisturizers is not recommended since they can leave a residue on the bottom of the tub and prevent the suction cups from working properly. If bath oils or moisturizers are used, clean the bottom of the tub and suction cups with a detergent that can cut through the oils. Medicated oils such as Oilatum, Balnuem and coal tar (for treating various skin conditions) can eat away at the rubber suction cups and must be washed off immediately every time they are used.
Can I buy used bath lifts?
Although you may be able to find used bath lifts for sale on the internet, many reputable retailers do not sell them as bath lifts are considered to be hygienic products.
Can I use a bath lift in a garden or corner tub?
Garden and corner tubs may require a more specialized bath lift or extension transfer flaps for safe and proper use. Contact a local pre-qualified dealer if you have a garden tub, corner tub, oval tub, or any non-standard tub to ensure the bath lift fits properly.
Will bath lifts work in a bathtub with shower doors?
Bath lifts with removable or no flaps could work in a bathtub with shower doors or walls, but it is not recommended. More importantly, you will have to stand up in the tub and step over the side to get in and out of the tub, increasing the chances of slipping or falling. The shower doors and/or walls must be removed for bath lifts with swivel seats.
Can bath lifts be used at either end of the tub?
The bath lift can be used at either end of the tub, but make sure that you are still able to access the drain to fill or empty the bath with the lift raised.
Is there funding for bath lifts?
Bath lifts are not usually considered an essential medical device but some state and provincial governments and charities do provide funding. Follow this link for more information. A local pre-qualified dealer will be familiar with all the local government and charity funding options available in your area
Does the bath lift automatically recline?
Some bath lifts will automatically recline as they lower into position. You can adjust the degree of recline for most lifts by holding the button down to lower in to the tub; once the lift is fully lowered, the back begins to recline. Let go of the button when you have reached the degree of recline that you prefer.
How do I know if the bath lift will work in my bathtub?
You have taken the first step in finding the bath lift that will work in your bathtub by doing your research! As with any purchase, it is important to do your research before you buy. Taking accurate measurements of you bathtub is vital to find the perfect bath lift. There are many things to consider, so the best way to make the right decision is to find a knowledgeable and experienced bath lift expert in your area that can answer any of your questions and concerns. Most companies like our local pre-qualified dealers will do free in-home assessments, measure your bathtub properly and make recommendations according to your needs, budget and bathtub.