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Relaxa-Bathlift, Gong Life Care Solutions, Assistive Technology

A Not Unreasonable Fear

Showing in cinemas now!

Well, not really. Only if you are going to a Falls Prevention workshop!

People with reduced mobility or physical impairments are often fearful with respect to falls, even in their own homes. Falls are common in older people and are a leading reason for them being admitted to hospital or a nursing home. Falls can also lead to older people losing confidence and becoming withdrawn. They often may feel as if they have lost their independence

Among older adults, the most common reasons for accidentally falling or slipping include:

  • wet or recently polished floors, such as in a bathroom
  • dim light
  • rugs or carpets that are not properly secured
  • reaching for storage areas, such as cupboards
  • stairs

Bathing and showering become difficult as people get older, because of the fear of falling, or difficulty getting in or out of the tub or shower. Add to this the difficulties of washing themselves, and illness and disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  

The best bath-lift to improve bathroom safety

A bath-lift helps seniors and people with disabilities to have a bath without any difficulty as it helps the person get up and down with ease. It is a great way to improve bathroom safety.

Some of you may not be familiar with the idea of a bath-lift, having never actually seen one. But a bath-lift for the home situation is an easy one-off installation job for the tradesman, and a quick and easy set-up each bath time. See the video on our website https://gonglcs.com.au/products/relaxa-bathlift

An electric (battery-operated) bath lift seat prevents the risk of getting injuries. They work efficiently by lowering the person into the bathtub, and afterward, it lifts them gently out from the bathtub.

 Gong Life Care Solutions supplies the innovative Relaxa-Bathlift. This amazing mechanical lift is perfect for the majority of bathtubs and uses a safe rechargeable battery as the power source.

Gong Life Care Solutions, located in Wollongong on the Illawarra south coast near Sydney, is the sole distributor in Australia of Relaxa-Bathlift. This bath lift will change everything for elderly or frail people or people with disabilities who may have found that having “a real bath” has not been a possibility for a while.

If your bathroom is small or you don’t want to renovate to a new no-step, walk-in shower - or simply want the choice of bathing in addition to showering, Relaxa-Bathlift is a user-friendly choice for those with limited mobility. It doesn’t look out of place in any bathroom, it’s small and compact, neat and simple. But these qualities belie the innovation and the design features, which make it so safe and easy to use. 

Once you or the person you care for has experienced this bath lift, you (or they) will definitely feel more confident about bathing, and be happy to take a good, relaxing soak!

Gong Life Care Solutions had a stand at the recent Independent Living Expo in Sydney hosted by ATSA (Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia), and one visitor who was a carer commented:

              “Wow, I didn’t know anything like this existed!” and

              “It’s so compact! Great that it’s battery-operated”

Relaxa-Bathlift will assist independence in the home, and aid “ageing in place”, which is what most people express as their preferred option, as they get older.

How does it work?

The Relaxa-Bathlift unit has a retractable seating belt which, when not in use, is contained within the mechanism housing attached to the wall beside the bath. So there is no need for heavy lifting at each bath session.

These are the easy steps to having a nice soak:

  1. Fill the bath with water to the desired depth and temperature.
  2. Push the rechargeable battery into the slot (the battery holds 20 lifts per

     charge).

  1. Feed out the nice wide seating belt using the hand controller button.
  2. Attach the belt to the mounting bar placed along the outside floor edge of

     the bath, lock it in, and ensure there is the required tension in the belt.

  1. Sit on the belt (or help the person being assisted), with legs firstly on the

     floor, then carefully ease the legs over the edge of the bath into the

     water. The built-in grab rail can be used to help and to provide confidence.

  1. Next, with the press of a button, you or the person being assisted, will be

     lowered slowly and gently into the bath.

  1. Once the bath has been completed, just press the “up” button, and you or

     the person being assisted will be gently lifted up to the level of the edge  

     of the bath. From there, the legs can be carefully eased over the edge  

     until the feet are on the floor.

What are the safety features?

The wide seating belt is made of strong polypropylene, made to last.

The Relaxa-Bathlift is battery operated - the unit is powered by a 24-volt DC rechargeable battery pack. No mains electricity supply is required to power the mechanism at all.

Relaxa-Bathlift also has a water temperature probe and digital water temperature display which will tell you exactly how hot the bath is before you or the person you are assisting, gets in, so you can be sure to avoid scalding.

There is an integrated grab rail to assist with additional support, balance, and confidence.

The machine will not allow the belt to lower a user unless there is sufficient charge in the battery to come back up.

Other features

The battery is easy to slot in and remove for overnight recharging.

Indicator lights in green and red show when the battery is in operation and the battery condition. An audible alarm warns of a low battery.

The maximum user weight is 127 kg.

Relaxa-Back Accessory:

Relaxa-Back is a backrest for the Relaxa-Bathlift, recommended for added comfort and for aiding entry and exit to the bath.

This additional aid can be fitted under the belt to help the person getting into the bath, and then can be attached to the head of the bath to act as a head and back rest while bathing. It will help to keep the user comfortable, making bathing an even more relaxing experience.

How else can we help you?

Our rehab supplies and safety and mobility equipment are all high-quality products. You will not be disappointed with the quality. Our products are made/designed in Europe and are certified as compliant with Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and European Conformity (CE) requirements.

Gong Life Care Solutions also has another solution for easier and safer hygiene at home, especially if your doorways, hallways and bathrooms are quite small, and transporting someone from bed to bath is difficult. We also supply our pioneering home shower-in-bed system, called Aquabuddy-Home | Mobile Shower Trolley (perfect for full showering or “top and tail” washing).

See how it works in this video on our website: https://gonglcs.com.au/products/aquabuddy-home-shower-in-your-bed

Reference:

1. Health Direct; What causes falls; https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/what-causes-falls

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