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Things to consider when buying a Bath Lift

| Advice | 19/02/2013

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There are 2 main types of bath lifts out in the market today:

Inflatable and Solid.

 

Inflatable Bath Lifts:
These bath lift work on using compressed air to inflate and deflate the bath lift in order help the user get in and out of the bath.

Advantages:

  • Enables the user to reach the bottom of the bath as if there was no lift.
  • Easy to transport as they are light in weight.

Disadvantages:

  • Can be a little bit unstable for those users who are not very confident.
  • Are usually more expensive than solid bath lifts.
  • Not as easy to recharge as the solid bath lift.

 

 

Solid Bath Lifts:

These bath lifts work on a hydraulic piston that lifts the user in and out of the bath on a stable and solid platform.

Advantages:

  • Stable and secure for fragile individuals.
  • Easy to recharge.
  • Cost effective.

 

Disadvantages:

  • Do not lower the user right to the bottom of the bath so bath needs to be filled up more than usual.
  • A bit heaver to transport.

 

Both types of bath lifts are battery powered and need to be re-charged on a regular basis.

 

Points to ask yourself when buying a pre-owned and new bath lift:

  • Has it had much use if it is pre-owned?
  • Will it fit into my bath?
  • Do I need to take the bath lift in and out of the bath tub regularly? If so can I lift the bath lift?
  • Has the bath lift been charged regularly even if it has not been used (pre-owned only)?
  • Do I require a warranty on my bath lift?
  • What weight capacity will it take?

 

We hope that this information will help you find what you are looking for. For any further advice please ‘Ask an Expert’.

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