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:
Clarke Health Care Products Inc.
WheelAble Folding Commode Chair
Commode chairs makes any toilet, stall accessible
- The front casters are opposite from the large rear wheels to provide better maneuverability and independent use.
- Unique location of the wheels makes it possible to back in toward a regular toilet without the need for spacious areas.
- Area under the seat is especially narrow, providing a significant advantage in narrow passages.
National Seating & Mobility/AccessNSM
Splashy Bath Seat
- Five-point harness for three-point pelvic support
- Four detachable bumpers to lend extra support
- Warm-touch foam, reclining seat and portable
Toilet/bathing chair comes in four sizes
- Accommodates clients from childhood through young adulthood
- Seat tilts, allowing for idea seating and posture
- Accessories include head support, push brace and swing-away side
Shower pan allows for more convenience
Bestbath has developed a new 60 inch by 30 inch shower pan with a side discharge drain for use in multi-family renovation projects when replacing bathtubs with above-floor rough. As residents age, they often need to replace a tub with a low-threshold shower. The pan leaves enough room to use the existing plumbing set-up and the lower curb height allows for easier shower access. It also replaces the common option of tub cutouts, which are placed in the center and often leave grab bars too far away to be used for entry.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Locking Raised Toilet
Raised toilet seat designed for accessibility
Drive DeVilbiss Heathcare announced the addition of the Bariatric 5” Locking Raised Toilet seat. Capable of supporting up to 600 pounds, the Locking Raised Toilet seat is designed for individuals that have difficulty bending and getting up from and down onto the toilet. This seat is equipped with an improved heavy-duty worm screw and locking plate to ensure a safe, secure fit onto standard and most elongated seats.
Balance assist bar now available in chrome
The original MHI Safe-er-Grip 11.5” suction cup balance assist bar is now available in chrome. The suction cup design allows the bar to be placed on any smooth, flat, non-porous surface. It is easy to attach, remove and relocate. The new chrome color makes the bar the perfect addition to any bathroom area.
Health Mobius LLC
System providers bath safety roducts in the palm of providers' hands
- An eRetail system that includes the catalog
of most major bath safety brands and is
updated with real-time inventory levels.
- Provider staff can use the system from any
computer, tablet or smartphone to access
thousands of SKU’s from manufacturers
without stocking inventory.
- Health Mobius will set-up and manage the
entire platform, oversee the online product
catalog and payment to vendors, payment
processing, shipping, customer service and
sales tax processing for all transactions.
Free2Go Mobility Products
Rollator providers discreet and dignified toilet safety
- Free2Go Rollator is a safe, discreet and
dignified solution for toilet safety in any
restroom that features a walking aid, raised
toilet seat and toilet safety aid all in one.
- Incorporates the benefits of a raised toilet
seat and toilet safety frame to provide swift
and quick installation over a fixed toilet.
- Weighs roughly 20 pounds and can be
moved via the flat, 8-inch wheels attached
to the frame that add stability and support.
Tub Transfer Base
Perform transfers without crowding the bathroom
- Patients and caregivers can perform
healthy transfers — either manually or
with a mechanical lift — without crowding
the bathroom with permanently mounted
- Once finished bathing, the base collapses
and hangs compactly on the wall with
hook provided. Rifton’s folding storable
tub transfer base makes it possible for
everyone in the family to use the tub.
- The tub transfer base is designed for use
with Rifton’s newly redesigned Wave bath
chair, accommodating clients up to 250 lbs.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Stool reduces twisting and reaching
- Features a padded seat that can rotate 360
degrees and locks every 90 degrees for
safety to reduce twisting while reaching in
- The stool is height adjustable from 16
inches to 22 inches in one inch increments.
- The top of the seat can be removed for
easy cleaning, and the whole stool can be
assembled without the use of tools.