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:
SHOWER SHIRT Co. LLC
Water-resistant garment protects chest surgery patients
The SHOWER SHIRT is a new, patented, water-resistant garment to protect chest
surgery patients with post-surgical drains, tubes, dialysis catheters and medi-ports
from water while showering. Surgery patients
are routinely instructed by surgeons not to
shower unprotected until surgical drains, catheters,
or ports are removed — which can span
up to three weeks for mastectomy patients,
and many months for dialysis patients.
Permanent Mount Grab with Modern Design
MHI’s new bath 18 in. safety bar mounts horizontally
or vertically to standard wall stud spacing.
An ergonomic design and finish is made to
complement modern bathroom designs and its
ABS plastic construction has a max load bearing
weight capacity of 500 pounds.
TILT Toilet Incline Lift
Toilet Incline Lift Helps Users Safely Use the Commode
The TILT Toilet Incline Lift helps provide bathroom
safety by lifting to patients’ natural body movement.
Weighing 34 pounds, the unit can be installed in about
15 minutes. It attaches directly to the bowl, which
offers greater stability. The TILT moves the user 7-1/2" forward for clearing obstructions and rising from the
bowl. This also positions the user’s shoulders over
their feet for optimal balance and positioning. The unit
accommodates users 5'2" to 6'4" and bowl heights of
14" to 21".
Urine Deflection Guide
Urine Deflection Guide Designed with Dignity in Mind
Designed for men who must sit while
urinating, this disposable, inexpensive home
health product directs a man’s urine stream
directly into the middle of the toilet bowl. This
eliminates accidents and gives care providers
and users a more dignified solution. Product
is not flushable, so users and caregivers must
dispose of using proper infection control.
Hand-Held Shower Head Offers 5 Spray Options
The Lumex hand-held showerhead’s
pray options let users
help safely bathe children and
adults with special needs.
The showerhead can be easily
installed in minutes on any
standard shower arm. Options
include bubbling, massage,
half saturating and pause spray
Walk-in Tub Offers Various Bathing Options
The cast acrylic Restore ACR
Walk-In Tub from Mansfield
Plumbing offers a low, 7 in.
entry threshold, 17 in. high
ADA-compliant seat, and easy-to-access cable-operated drain.
Available as a bathtub, whirlpool,
air bath, combination whirlpool
and air bath, or MicroDerm
Therapeutic Bath, Restore ACR is
IAPMO approved and is manufactured in the United States. A ozonator on
the whirlpool and combination bath safely emits ozone into the water lines
of the unit to eliminate the growth of bacteria, and The units are all backed
by a lifetime warranty on the door seal, a 10-year warranty on the shell and a
five-year warranty on the mechanics.
Movable Toilet Eases the Bathroom Process
- The MOVABOWL is a movable and flushable toilet,
assists people with disabilities and their caregivers
with using the toilet.
- The design allows the toilet bowl to travel out
of the bathroom to where the disabled person
is located, and the mobile toilet bowl returns to
the docking station in the bathroom and can be
- The process eliminates the handling of waste, and
in most cases, nurses no longer have to sterilize
commode chairs or bed pans.
Movable Toilet Eases the Bathroom Process for Patients and Their Caregivers
The MOVABOWL is a movable and flushable toilet, which not only assists people with disabilities in using the toilet, but also makes the process easier for nurses and caregivers. This design allows the toilet bowl to travel out of the bathroom to where the disabled person is located. Then the mobile toilet bowl is used in a location outside of the bathroom. Finally, the mobile toilet bowl returns to the docking station in the bathroom and can be flushed. The process eliminates the handling of waste, and in most cases, nurses no longer have to sterilize commode chairs or bed pans. In addition to the convenience of bringing the toilet next to the disabled person, the use of this innovation is a more pleasant experience for the user because it feels just like a standard toilet and has water in the bowl.