Take a look at the bathroom safety and mobility equipment that Occupational Therapists recommend for people with standing balance problems to safeguard against falling.
In the following short videos, Steve assembles 5 key pieces of equipment recommended by Occupational Therapist Laura Choiniere for his mother`s recovery from hip replacement. Rather than step-by-step instruction, this is more of an introduction to products that facilitate bathroom safety (transfers into and out of the shower, on and off the toilet) and mobility (transfers from seated to standing). Product Preview: Bathtub Shower Transfer Bench, Bath Safety Rail, Toilet Seat Riser, Bedside Commode, Folding Two-Wheel Walker
Steve assembles the AquaSense Padded Bathtub Transfer Bench 770-432
For safe transfers in the shower, the AquaSense padded bathtub shower transfer bench has a reversible snap-on seat and handle, cushioned seat and backrest, satin finished aluminum frame, wide base, large suctions tips, and a shower curtain slot.
Watch Occupational Therapist Laura Choiniere explain how to properly use a bathtub shower transfer bench
The bathtub is a common place for accidental falls to happen. OT Laura Choiniere demonstrates how to complete a safe transfer in and out of the shower using a transfer bench.
Steve assembles the AquaSense 3-in-1 Raised Toilet Seat 770-618
For rehabilitating or providing your family members with independence in the washroom a toilet seat riser provides added comfortable and support getting on and off one’s toilet safely.
Steve assembles the AquaSense Bath Safety Rail 785-340
Either adjusted in parallel or perpendicular orientation to the bathtub wall, this safety rail gives you something stable to grab onto when you are getting in or out of the tub.
Watch Occupational Therapist Laura Choiniere explain how to properly use a toilet seat riser
Getting on and off the toilet can be a lot easier and safer simply by adding 2 to 4 inches of height to the toilet seat.
Steve assembles the Medpro Folding Commode 770-309
For the bedside or as a frame over the toilet, a commode provides extra support when getting on or off the toilet.
Watch Occupational Therapist Laura Choiniere explain how to properly use a bedside commode instead of going to the bathroom.
An OT will help you eliminate accidents related to nighttime incontinence by using a bedside commode with an odor-free mess-free liner bag.
Steve assembles the Hugo Folding Walker 770-260
If you need help with your balance, a lightweight walker that folds away will give you the support that gets you where you want to go. This one is comfortable on the wrists, has high traction tips, and a saddle bag.
Watch Laura explain how to properly use a folding stable walker
After she recommends a folding stable walker for Marcia, Laura adjusts the walker and demonstrates how to use it properly when standing and sitting down.
After Steve assembled the recommended equipment, Occupational Therapist Laura Choiniere came over to show Marcia how to properly use a shower transfer bench, raised toilet seat, bedside commode, folding stable walker and a reacher. The experience brought Steve peace of mind and most importantly, it enhanced Marcia`s overall health and well-being during her transition home from rehab. Most anyone with a standing balance problem would stand to benefit from Laura`s professional advice.