The bathroom has been deemed the “most dangerous room” in a home for a reason. Approximately 80 percent of home accidents occur in the bathroom, but most of those accidents can be prevented with the right safety products. That statistic demonstrates that there is plenty of opportunity for a provider to grow its business by stocking bathroom safety products.
The key is to offer a wide array of solutions that can fit clients’ unique needs. One person’s struggles in the shower might not be the same struggle of another, so a savvy provider must ensure it is keeping in mind the different needs of the various patient segments it serves.
A key strategy for understanding the needs of a patient is to interact with them and perhaps perform a home assessment to examine what products they are currently using and how they are using them.
For example, if a patient is using a bath stool that is placed within reaching distance of the water faucet but not under the stream of water, it’s likely that they patient is trying to stay close to the water knobs so that it’s easy to turn the water on or off or adjust the temperature. But they’re also likely having a hard time actually bathing. So, the provider could offer is a handheld showerhead to give the client optimal control, ease, and above all safety.
That just one example of how providing the right range of bath safety items can dramatically improve a patient’s safety and quality of life. Here are some product offerings on the market that HMEs can offer their customers to help accomplish those objectives:
Inspired by Drive
Otter XL Bath Chair
Bath chair with angle-adjustable seat now comes in XL size
Capable of supporting up to
250 lbs., the new Otter XL Bath Chair — introduced by Drive
DeVilbiss Healthcare’s brand
Inspired by Drive — features an
angle-adjustable seat and backrest
to accommodate a wide range
of positioning needs. The legs are
slip-resistant and can raise the chair an
additional seven inches. Customers
have a choice of standard or soft
removable and washable fabric. All
Otter Bath Chairs can be used with
or without the optional tub and
Portable shower chair designed for life on the go
SolutionBased Industries has introduced
the “WheelAble,” a commode/shower chair
combination specially designed for travel. This
folding chair stows away in a convenient carry
case and weighs in at 25 pounds. Constructed
of waterproof materials, the chair opens up in
three easy steps and has foldable armrests.
For safety, the hand brakes allow it to lock
in place like a regular wheelchair. Additional
accessories include an attachable commode
bucket and a padded overlay.
SHOWER SHIRT Co. LLC
The Shower Shirt
Water-resistant garment protects post-surgery patients
- Protects patients with post-surgical drains,
tubes, dialysis catheters and medi-ports
from water while showering.
- Originally created for post-mastectomy
patients so that they could bathe safely and
reduce stress and anxiety.
- Helps reduce the risk of infection by keeping
water away from the surgical paraphernalia
sutured into the patient’s skin.
Aquatec Bath Lifts
Transportable bath lift offers hinged wings, patented suction cups
Aquatec Bath Lifts, provided by Invacare, help users access
the pleasure and relaxation of a calming bath without the
anxiety of safely getting in and out of the tub. Hinged
wings cradle the user as the lift descends and patented
suction cups hold the lift firmly in position. A textured
surface and seamless transition from wings to seat allow
for pinch-free bathing. A high backrest with contoured
neckrest can be positioned and folded with just one hand.
The easily transportable two-piece design also includes a
floating, ergonomic hand control with integrated battery.
Elongated Raised Toilet Seat
Elongated raised toilet seat is lightweight, portable
Dynarex has added a new Elongated Raised Toilet Seat to its DME line. The new Elongated Raised Toilet Seat comes with and without arms, heavy-duty molded plastic construction which is lightweight and portable. The seat adds additional height to the seat and fits most standard toilets.
Assisted Living Technologies
Walabot HOME allows seniors independence, safety through fall detection device
The Walabot HOME is a high-tech, fall-alert system that is designed specifically for the user’s bathroom. This device is the first of its kind to not require a wearable necklace or bracelet. Instead, it rests on the user’s bathroom wall. The device begins by learning the user’s bathroom. Then, it monitors for situations that indicate a fall. If a fall occurs, the Walabot HOME contacts the emergency contact through a two-way phone call and a text message. If the user stands up, the alarm will be disabled.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Competitive Edge Line 3-in-1 Folding Commode
Folding commode features lid, folds easily for storage
The improved Competitive Edge Line 3-in-1 Folding Commode comes with a lid and stores flat for storage and transportation. In addition, it allows tool-free assembly with a plastic snap on seat and 7.5 qt commode bucket, and provides durability through its powder-coated, steel-welded construction. The commode can be used in a few different ways to serve the customer as necessary, according to Lauren Abeles, product manager of breast pumps personal care and commodes for Drive DeVilbiss. Some of its main uses are as a bedside commode, directly over a toilet, and as a raised toilet seat.
3-in-1 Folding Commode
Drive DeVilbiss adds improved commode chair to product line
The 3-in-1 Folding Commode of the Competitive Edge Line from Drive DeVilbiss now comes with a lid. Features include a plastic snap-on seat, 7.5-quart commode bucket and grey powder-coated, steel-welded construction for added strength and durability. The chair stores flat for convenience and assembly is tool-free.
Safe-er-Grip Suction Cup Balance Assist Bar
Safe-er-Grip balance bar gets new chrome finish
- Available in new chrome finish and in lengths of 12 inches or 16 inches.
- Suction cup design requires no tools for installation and can be secured on any smooth, flat, non-porous surface for safer tub entries and exits.
- Flip-up tabs make it easy to attach, remove and relocate to different areas in the bathroom.
Clarke Health Care Products Inc.
Aquatec Ergo Shower and Commode Chairs
Clarke rolls out new line of shower and commode chairs
- Features new contoured seats and overlays for a more upright and stable seating position and a 5-degree pre-tilt seat.
- Stainless steel frame requires low-maintenance from users and caregivers.
- Ergo line includes the Ergo Dual VIP tilt and recline, Ergo VIP tilt-in-space with increased tilt angle, and Ergo transit and Ergo SP self-propelled models.