Braeden absolutely loves a bath. I agree, but being time poor I usually have a shower. Personally, I don’t think anything is as relaxing as a good soak in a warm bubble bath. But accessing a bath can be difficult, if not impossible, for many people living with a disability and for people as they age. We recently purchased a Bellavita Bath Lift for a family member who was finding accessing the bath tricky so I thought I’d share a review with our Have Wheelchair Wil Travel community in case it proves a good accessible bathing solution for others.
Bellavita Bath Lift review – accessible bathing solution
Braeden usually steps into our bath with assistance, holds the grab rail and sits down but nervously accepted the challenge of being our model for this review. It was interesting to see how cautious he was given the Bellavita Bath Lift makes getting into the bath so easy. No need to step into the bath, it’s just a matter of sitting on the seat, swinging your legs over the bath edge and into the bath.
Once the person is safely on the seat, there is a remote control which lowers the person into the bath and reclines the seat back.
Braeden thought the lowering into the bath was cool.
Any suggestion of reclining and relaxing was met with resistance – not unusual for our on-the-go guy. Why relax when you can be moving!
The bath seat does require a reasonably long bath if you want to be able to stretch right out with your legs. When the seat returns to the upright position it does push the person into quite an upright position which judging by Braeden’s reaction felt a bit odd. I am sure it is like anything, you’d get used to it and the ease it offers to access the bath would be worth it.
I’m no occupational therapist so I’d suggest organising a trial with your therapist if you are interested. From my observations of Braeden modelling it and our family member using it, the Bellavita Bath Lift is easy to use. A person needs to be able to do a standing transfer to use it and be able to swing their legs over the bath edge.
The remote control is rechargeable and it is estimated that it only needs recharging after every sixth use. The remote control is attached to the side of the Bellavita Bath Lift and is waterproof should it fall into the water accidentally. The buttons on the remote control are large and easy to use.
I’m super impressed with the Bellavita Bath Lift and feel that for any bath lovers who have the physical ability to use it, this could provide an accessible bathing solution.
If you found this review useful you may also like to read our accessible bathroom solutions review