Posted on 19/01/2016

How to choose the right bath lift

How to choose the right bath lift

Below you'll find some helpful tips on how to choose the right bath lift so you can be confident in buying one that best suits your needs and requirements.

What is a bath lift?

A bath lift is a seat or cushion which gently lowers you to the bottom of the bath, so you can fully bathe in the water, and lifts you back out when you have finished. The bath lift is secured to the bottom of the bath using suction feet. The bath lift is operated from a rechargeable battery controlled handset which has safety features that prevent the lift from not rising due to a flat battery.

Why would you choose a bath lift?

If you, or someone you care for, are starting to feel a little unsafe when getting in or out of the bath, or having difficulty lowering fully into the water, it’s a good idea to try a bath lift.

You will need to be able to back up to the edge of the bath to sit, and lift and swing your legs over the side.

You may be feeling unstable for a number of reasons including:

  • Pain or weakness in your legs
  • Back pain
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Pain or weakness in your shoulders and upper body

The benefits of a bath lift include:

  • Being able to bathe safely, immersed in the bath water
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to remove and store, allowing easy access to bathing for other people living with you

Remember – purchasing suitable equipment may prevent you from having to pay for expensive bathroom alterations.

You need to be able to lift your legs over the side of the bath while in a seated position, and maintain sitting balance while the bath lift is going up or down.

How to choose the right bath lift for you

You will need to think about how easily you can get on to the seat and lift your legs over the bath side. You also need to take into account whether you wish to recline once you are in the bath.

Transfer options
If you think it will be difficult to get on to the seat, look for a bath lift which has a swivel seat option, or a slide and swivel seat.

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Reclining options
Not all bath lifts have a reclining option, but those that do offer a controlled recline once the lift is at the lowest point in the bath. The seat will then return to an upright position before rising up when getting out of the bath.

Bath cushion
Some bath lifts comprise of a large air-filled cushion, which inflate and deflate to allow access in and out of the bath. These are only suitable if you have good trunk control, as you need to be able to maintain an upright position when lowering or rising.


Things to consider:

  • A suitably placed grab rail may provide additional support when getting on or off the bath lift
  • Long handled sponges will make it easier to reach your lower limbs or back
  • A bath step will make it easier to sit on the bath lift, and provide support while lifting your legs over
  • Magiplugs are an easy-to-use safety device which prevent flooding by releasing the plug if there is too much weight from the water. They also change colour to indicate your water is too warm, preventing the risk of scalding


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