When seniors decide to live in their own homes, precautions need to be taken to make sure that they do not hurt themselves by falling in the tub or down the stairs, etc. There are a number of different independent living products as well as services that can make it possible for seniors to live in their own homes as long as they want to, despite the reality that their physical needs are changing as time goes by. Independent living products help make it possible for seniors to delay moving into an assisted living situation or a nursing home and in some cases the senior can remain in their home to live out the remainder of their days.

Bathing Aids

Limited mobility for senior adults, especially for those with arthritis or osteoarthritis and a variety of other health conditions makes bathing a difficult task. It can become problematic and potentially dangerous for those in pain and discomfort and also for those with problems with balance. Bath seat and benches are a good idea as are railings that help a senior get into the tub. All seniors want to be empowered in their lives and to feel that they have autonomy and for that reason being able to live independently is so important.

Adjustable transfer benches are excellent to help seniors get in and out of the shower. These can often be adjusted for left or right-handed people. This transfer bench has height-adjusted legs, a removable back as well as arm, a built-in hand held shower holder and finally suction type feet. This bench supports a person who is up to 350 pounds in weight. The adjustable transfer bench is very durable and is also rust proof.

The blow molded bath board allows a senior to sit upright in the tub in order to wash. This is a good option for those individuals who need help getting into the tub but do not need the assistance of a transfer bench. This item is textured, portable and has a non-slip surface.

A swivel bath transfer seat is good for the senior with limited mobility as a caregiver can help the senior into the seat and then it can be swiveled around until the seat is in the appropriate position for bathing. The Versa bath seat is a newer creation but is more expensive than some bath seats but is definitely worth the money if you can afford it. This is especially beneficial for the senior who has a high level of mobility issues and/or pain considerations.

The adjustable shower seat boasts a removable back as well as arms and it allows for the patient to sit or stand in order to bathe. It has legs that can be adjusted according to height as well as a built-in shower spray holder and suction feet. There are no weighty issues when it comes to this shower seat as it can support a person who weighs up to 300 pounds.