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Limited Mobility Bath Safety Tips

April 21, 2015

Sitting in a warm bath allows your mind and body to relax and recharge. Soaking in the bath also eases your stiff joints, improving circulation, and reducing blood pressure.

Live Oak's Humane Lift Bath Lifts offer those with limited mobility can once again use a traditional bat tub. But, Mangar recommends the following to make sure your first bath is safe. 

Start with warm water, rather than hot, between 95-104° Fahrenheit is recommended. And, soaking for around 20 minutes offers the best health gains. 

Relaxing in a warm bath for a long time can cause your blood pressure to decline, causing temporary dizziness when you stand. This dizziness is much more likely if have low blood pressure or you are dehydrated. To avoid dizziness, make sure your water temperature is safe and drink water before bath time. Also, be extremely careful and take your time when exiting the bath, ideally use a grab or support rail. 

Use the buoyancy of your bath's water to stretch your muscles and joints. Be sure to check that your tub and medical professional allow. The buoyancy can improve your joints flexibility allowing for extended range of motion in your joints. 

Feeling safe makes your bath that much better. There are a handful of additional ways to make bathing as comfortable, easy, and most importantly safe as possible.  

Accidents are most likely to occur when getting up from the bottom of the bath and stepping in or out of the tub. Be sure to take your time and take the transition in stages, stopping if you need to at any point. 

Support rails allows for a firm hand-hold as you move in and out of the bath. A well-positioned vertical grab rail will allow you to steady yourself as you step over the side. Make sure that the grab rail is attached to a secure and solid wall. 18" rails are generally long enough. 

Non-slip bath mat, or non-slip "stick-ons" ensure your feet can have good grip on the slippery bath surface. 

Take special care when using bath oils or emollients. 

Never use the bath's fixtures to pull yourself up. 

If your doctor has told you to avoid taking a bath. Listen to their opinion and avoid any complications. 

For current bath safety articles, issues, and videos visit Live Oak's Bath Safety Blog and our Fall Prevention resource collection. 

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