Splish, Splash: Why Do Birdies Bath?
Splish, Splash: Why Do Birdies Bath?
Does science tell us anything about the importance of a good bath, to a bird?
Ecologist Joe Smith from New Jersey, USA, says the answer is, surprisingly little! He goes on to say that despite the lack of knowledge about the function and importance of baths to birds, we all know that birds - like the rest of us - love having water around for bathing and drinking. Although the function of bird bathing still eludes us, Joe says it is clear they take their bathing seriously. And they enjoy it, that much is plain to see!
More and more Australian are putting birdie baths in their gardens and courtyards to help birds in our prolonged drought – providing drinking water and a chance to bath.
What about our own bathing habits?
In an earlier post we posed the question - are we the cleanest nation on the planet? And it seemed like the answer to that question was a resounding YES! Most of us shower or bath daily, with almost one third of Australians hitting the shower twice a day! Why? Most people would say it’s about hygiene, but a bit like the birdies, it’s probably also because it feels good. Especially relaxing in a bath tub.
Bathing Elderly, frail or sick people – a birdie bath will often do!
Despite bathing and showering practices over the years, sometimes people who are elderly or frail don’t want to bath or shower, for reasons of pain, discomfort, fear of falling etc. Although the Australian tendency is to shower often, there are usually no health or hygiene reasons to bath or shower every single 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. People even call it “having a bit of a birdie bath” in these circumstances – bit of a splish-splash!
When having a “real bath” is becoming too difficult
Gong Life Care Solutions has two solutions for easier and safer bathing and showering at home, when it all feels too difficult. Today we want to highlight our innovative battery-operated home bath lift, Relaxa Bathlift.
We are the sole distributors in Australia of Relaxa Bathlift, which is a simple mechanised solution for the home bathroom, which 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 our bath lift 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!
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
- 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 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.
Or – shower in bed???
As a completely different option - if transporting someone from bed to bathroom has become too difficult, in addition to our bath lift we have our pioneering home shower-in-bed system, called Aquabuddy-Home (perfect for full showering or “birdie bathing”). See how it works in this video on our website: https://gonglcs.com.au/products/aquabuddy-home-shower-in-your-bed
- Cool Green Science, the Nature Conservancy, https://blog.nature.org/science/2015/03/09/backyard-bird-baths-science-birding-wildlife-habitat/
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