Bath boards are a safety aid that can be used to assist individuals with reduced mobility, elderly and the disabled to get in and out of a bath and as a seating option whilst washing.
Bath boards can be securely placed over the bathtub with suction cups, rubber stoppers, clamps or screws that are adjustable therefore making them suitable for most baths the width is.
A bath board also features a handle to provide the user with more support while transferring in and out of the bath. This is especially useful if the user does not feel confident on their legs.
evekare’s range of bath boards include:
An Adjustable Polypropylene and PVC bath board with a non-slip surface that comes complete with grab handles and soap holder.
A suspended bath seat with non-slip surface built with a heavy-duty aluminium frame that can be transformed into a bath step as well.
When to consider installing bath boards?
If a user has difficulty standing for long periods of time.
If the user feels unstable on their legs.
If the user has difficulty raising their leg to get in and out of a bathtub.
For a wheelchair user if they find it easier to slide sideways and sit on a bath board to enter a bathtub.
What to consider while installing bath boards?
Take the measurement of the width of the tub, the height of the tub and the measurement of the width of the sidewall. This will ensure that the bath board you are going to buy will easily and securely be placed over your bathtub.
Ensure the weight and height of the user as these two measurements play an important role in ensuring and safety of the user. Bath boards with no elevation (skis or feet) work well for short users but not for taller ones.
The shape or contour of the tub is also important to take a note of since bathtubs with highly curved surfaces do not work well with bath boards that use rubber stoppers to secure them over the tub. If your bathtub is highly contoured then it is best to go in for a bath seat that can be installed with screws into the wall.
Models that have a rubber stopper underneath them can tend to tip over if a user bends forward or backward. So, if you are looking for a more secure solution then look for options that can be clamped or screwed into the wall of the bathtub.
Handles and other accessories come attached to some bath board models and can be helpful to enhance the safety of a user. Some models come with a handle that can be used as a support to sit and stand from a bath board. Other accessories you might get would be a soap dish holder or a hand shower-head holder.
Colour of the bath board is an important consideration especially for those who are visually impaired. High contrasting colours are a good option for such individuals.
Presence of an anti-slip seat and drainage holes is quite useful as well, especially for elderly and disabled users.