Relaxa-Bathlift - user-friendly choice
Relaxa-Bathlift - user-friendly choice
Are we the cleanest nation on the planet?
A few years ago, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article stating that Australians have the status of being one of the cleanest nations on the planet, with 90 per cent of women and 80 per cent of men bathing or showering at least once daily. Around this time research by Energy Australia published in The Guardian revealed that 29 per cent of us hit the shower twice daily. Energy Australia focused on educating their consumers about saving on electricity and therefore money, while the Sydney Morning Herald article took a health promotion approach, referring to damaging the skin, getting rid of natural body oils, and altering the natural distribution of good bacteria on skin.
Bathing Elderly, frail or sick people
Sometimes people who are elderly or frail don’t want to bath or shower, for reasons of pain, discomfort, fear of falling etc. Despite the Australian tendency to shower often, there are no health or hygiene reasons to bath or shower every day. Bathing or showering two or three times a week is adequate, especially for older people whose skin is drier than that of young people. If there is a special need in between times, a “top and tail” approach may work, or indeed, an extra shower or bath.
Equipment to help people with less mobility
Gong Life Care Solutions has two solutions for easier and safer bathing and showering at home, especially if your doorways, hallways and bathrooms are quite small, and transporting someone from bed to bath is difficult. We have our pioneering home shower-in-bed system, called Aquabuddy-Home | Mobile Shower Trolley (perfect for full showering or “top and tail” washing as mentioned above). See how it works in this video on our website: https://gonglcs.com.au/products/aquabuddy-home-shower-in-your-bed
We also have our innovative battery-operated home bath lift, Relaxa-Bathlift.
Gong Life Care Solutions is the sole distributor in Australia of Relaxa-Bathlift, which is a simple mechanised solution for the home bathroom, which will change everything for elderly or frail people who may have found that having “a real bath” has not been a possibility for a while.
Again, 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 is 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 the person you care for has experienced this bath lift, 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”
At Gong Life Care Solutions we're very proud to be the only Australian supplier of the Relaxa-Bathlift, because it can assist independence in the home, and aid “ageing in place”, which is what most elderly people would prefer to do.
You can view our video demonstration here: https://gonglcs.com.au/products/relaxa-bathlift
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:
- Fill the bath with water to the desired depth and temperature.
- Push the rechargeable battery into the slot (the battery holds 20 lifts per charge).
- Feed out the nice wide seating belt using the hand controller button.
- 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.
- 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.
- Next, with the press of a button, you or the person being assisted, will be lowered slowly and gently into the bath.
- 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.
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 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.
- Sydney Morning Herald, 2015, “How often should we shower? Much less often than you think” by Linda Moon, https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/how-often-should-we-shower-much-less-often-than-you-think-20150310-140487.html
- The Guardian (Australia edition), 2006, “Australians urged to save energy with shorter showers” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/oct/23/water.australia
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