Solution Name: Training to Assist with Bathing
For individuals who have difficulty completing their activities of daily living, there are assistive technologies available to help them maintain their independence. These technologies generally enable persons to complete their ADLs with more ease, as well as decrease the amount of time it takes for them to do them. While often adaptive equipment is very simple, it can be the difference between being able to live independently and requiring regular assistance.
Examples of assistive technology include shower chairs, handheld shower heads, grab bars and washcloth mitts
Grab Bars: Grab bars can be installed at either side of the bath to provide support for standing and bending. Depending on the individual’s mobility grab bars can also be installed near the toilet. Provide the individual with the opportunity to practice climbing in and out of a bathtub whilst offering support where it’s needed.
Non-Slip Mats: The bathroom can often be very slippery due to activities involving water so it essential that the individual is stable and secure within the bath or shower area. Non-slip mats are an essential product for individual with special needs. Mats can provide stability as well as reducing excess water which can cause injury. Another option is to apply anti- slip coating to the floor.
Walk-In Baths: Walk-in baths are an ideal option that allows easier access for individuals with mobility issues. Walk-in baths come with a door and a seat that an individual can sit on.
Sensory Considerations: If the individual has sensory concerns, think about sensory sensitivities and incorporate that into the bathroom. This may include lighting to paint color selection.
Pull and Push Water Taps: Many individuals may not have the strength to press or turn soap bottles, containers or water taps so it may therefore be useful to use products and fittings that are easy to operate. Pull and push water tap levers are beneficial instead of levers which turn tightly.
2.Handled Shower Head