1. Advice and information:
Before you convert your bathroom, you can get advice from an independent body in advance: there are housing advice centers in many major cities.
For example in a country like Germany, the employees visit you at home and you work with them to consider which measures could be useful. The good thing about it: They not only provide lots of valuable tips, but can also provide competent information about funding opportunities. The advice is usually free of charge.
fs there is no such housing advice center in your area then speak to employees of the housing office, charities, health insurance or outpatient care services near you. You can also get information and advice online.
2. Check structural requirements:
Before you consider a particular bathtub lift, you must of course first clarify the conditions on site. Problems usually arise, for example, with corner bathtubs and bathtubs with internal handles. The installation of a bathtub lift is often simply not possible. Unfortunately, there are no standardized standards for bathtubs. Therefore, the dimensions of the lift must always be checked in advance to see whether they can be fitted into the existing tub:
Does the lifting range of the bathtub lift match that of the bathtub? After lifting the seat, is it really level with the edge of the bathtub? Can it be lowered completely? These questions are very important for safety and comfort.
3. Comfort, safety and quality:
Usually a bathtub lift is an investment for life. You should therefore not start to skimp on comfort. For people in need of care, for example, an emergency call switch, which can be used to call for help quickly, can be helpful. Other details such as an additional display to show the room and water temperature, on the other hand, are nice, but can be dispensed with.
The simplest model has a plastic seat. A removable and washable cover is not only more comfortable, but also more skin-friendly. In the area of care, the model with a hygiene recess in the seat is popular because it makes daily personal hygiene easier for the user, but also for a carer. On some models, the backrest is adjustable. The angle of inclination gives the user more comfort and flexibility.
Additional handles on the bathtub lift ensure more comfort and safety when getting in and out of the bathtub.
This note is essential, especially when buying a used product: The bathtub lift is a medical product. As such , it must generally have a CE mark in accordance with EU standards . Check the device for this marking! Only then was it proven by appropriate assessment procedures that it was manufactured in accordance with the basic requirements of the European directives and the Medical Devices Act.
4. Space requirement, flexibility and mobility:
In many households, the storage space that the bathtub lift needs after use is an important criterion. Especially when several residents are using the bathtub. Here it is an advantage if the device can be folded up or otherwise easily stowed away.
Make sure to also pay attention to the weight of the bathtub lift! Models with a seat frame usually weigh around 10 to 15 kg. That doesn’t sound like much at first, but you have to keep in mind that you (or caregivers) should be able to lift the device out of the tub even if your health is in a poor state. The best thing to do is to lift it up in a specialty store before buying it.
Do you value mobility and want to use the bathtub lift while traveling? Even then, these criteria are also important for you: the device should take up little space, be easy to stow away and not be too heavy.
5. Agreement with the landlord:
Are you a tenant? Then you need the consent of your landlord for certain construction work before the start. With a bathtub lift, you can safely assume that the installation is necessary for the disabled-friendly use of the apartment. The landlord is therefore normally not allowed to refuse this measure. He can only demand two additional clauses to the existing contract, namely that a dismantling takes place when moving out and, if necessary, a security deposit (in addition to the rent deposit) for the amount of the costs likely to arise during the dismantling is agreed.
There is a large selection of suitable bathtub lifts that can be installed without interfering with the structural fabric. Should you nevertheless consider such a measure necessary, you can convince your landlord with the argument that nowadays he can always rent out a barrier-free and handicapped-accessible apartment. Maybe he’ll even cover some of the costs.
6. Government Regulation:
When you have decided on a specific model for the bathtub lift, speak to your doctor about it. In some jurisdictions, you can have the health insurance company or health fund pay for it if you have the lift prescribed for you as an aid. But if you order without a prescription, you may have to pay yourself!
7. Assumption of costs:
Consider how you will be covering the costs of the device and paying for any installation costs if need be. Some cities or health insurance plans may provide health care service subsidies. If there is such a fund, the subsidy for the purchase and any measures for installation should be submitted to the care fund in advance. Not all variants of the bathtub lift may be subsidized by the health insurance fund. You can find detailed information on the requirements by checking at your local hospital, insurance company, government health agency or NGOs/Charities.
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