Bath and Bed Safety

Bath and Bed Safety 

The Elderly and handicapped individuals are at high risk of falling that may result in serious injuries and even death. Slips, trips and falls in bathrooms may be prevented with the use of bathroom safety equipment and bathroom aids.

At Northside Medical Supply we carry a variety of bathroom safety equipment to keep elderly and disabled individuals safe and secure while using the bathroom whilst allowing these individuals keep their privacy and independence.

Shower Chair or Shower Stool

If you are unable to stand and shower a shower chair allows you to sit comfortably in the shower. Some shower seats provide back support and are equipped with handles to make it easier to get up. A shower stool can be helpful for those who do not require a back support.

 Transfer Benches

For the injured or the elderly, climbing in and out of the tub can be a difficult and even dangerous. Transfer Benches ease the transfer, as well as reduce the risk of falling. Instead of stepping over the wall of the tub, the user enters the shower by sliding across a transfer bench. These special shower benches are extremely helpful for those with limited mobility.

Bath/Shower Accessories

Bathroom accessories are important in helping to maintain bathroom safety for seniors. For example, a non-skid shower mat will help reduce the risk of falling or slipping in the shower. Other bathroom accessories for the elderly include safety belts, and even special steps that can attach to the side of a bathtub to ensure safe transfer in more elevated tubs.

A hand-held shower makes showering safe and accessible for people with limited mobility. Handheld shower heads provide ideal pressure and quality, with additional flexibility to make it possible for independent showering while seated, and for caregivers to easily bathe their patients. It also makes it easier for those who want to retain their independence to still be able to bathe themselves safely and confidently.

Commodes

Preserve your dignity with a bedside commode when it’s difficult to reach the bathroom in time. For quick and easy clean-up and waste disposal, add a commode liner.

Choose a padded commode for enhanced comfort, a commode with drop arms for more security while getting on and off the commode, or a shower commode, which can be used in the shower commonly known as 3 in 1 commode. Specialized commodes and commodes that are extra wide for weight capacity 400lb are also available.

Raised Toilet Seats

Knee, muscle and joint problems as well as recovering from hip and knee surgery can make it difficult or even painful to sit down on a typical toilet seat. A raised toilet seat can alleviate the pain as well as the inconvenience of the longer distance by ensuring that the knees are below the hips when seated.

Raised toilet seat are available in different heights from 2 inch to 5 inch and some have handles.

Raised toilet seats may be portable or be tool free that may be installed onto the bathroom commode.

Toilet Rails

Individuals may not need to have a raised toilet seat however require rails to help them seat and stand from the commode. Toilet rails may be installed to the bathroom commode or freestanding.

Grab Bars

Shower grab bars provide safe support for climbing into and out of the tub. For those who have difficulty with balance, the bathroom can easily be made safer with installation of grab bar. Bathroom grab bars and toilet safety frames can also be very helpful when rising from sitting position. Grabs can be installed or there are suction grab bars that can be pu onto flat surfaces like glass and tiles.

Bedroom Safety

Bedroom Safety for the elderly is important to prevent accidental falls and falls as result from slipping out of bed.

Various types of bedrom aids are available to help getting in and out of bed and mobility assistance device to make transfer easier. 

Bed Rails

 The installation of bed rails for the elderly individuals is to provide fall protection so that users can sleep safely and securely. 

At Northside Medical Supply we offer a popular bed guard rail for adults is the Stander EZ Adjust Bed Rail, that has an adjustable length and folds out of the way when not in use.

Bed Canes

Bed canes, also known as bed assist rails or bed handles, are used to shift positions while in bed, as well as for transferring independently in and out of bed. Although bed canes usually do not provide fall protection, it is important to choose a bed cane that has a sufficient weight capacity to safely bear the weight of the user during transfers and positioning.

If you’re looking for a bed assist rail, at northside Medical Supply we sell the best-selling Bed Assist Bar, which features tool-free assembly, a universal design that makes it compatible with moth bed types and sizes, as well as a convenient storage pouch. For extra safety, these adjustable bed rails (and many rails like this one) are equipped with safety straps that secure to the bed.

Bedside Hospital Bed Table

Whether you are bound to bed, or just want to cozy up in bed and play a table-top game, a hospital table (often referred to as a hospital tray) is the perfect way to give you access to activities that would otherwise be impossible in bed.

Often utilized by care facilities, hospitals, and other medical facilities, the overbed table is a mobile staple which many nursing homes provide each patient with. The tray on it can usually be adjusted so that it is immediately above the wheelchair or bed, and within the patient’s reach. Oftentimes, an overbed table can be tilted until it is in the position the patient desires, so that the patient can read a newspaper without craning his head. The overbed table serves the purpose of a typical table, only it can be utilized even when the person is sitting in a wheelchair or bed.

Home and hospital overbed tables are movable and are height adjustable to fit over your mattress. Thanks to this feature, they can often double up as a convenient table surface when sitting in a chair, on a couch or in a wheelchair. Be sure to check the height range of the overbed table you are considering if this is a feature that is important to you.

Home and hospital overbed tables are movable and are height adjustable to fit over your mattress. Thanks to this feature, they can often double up as a convenient table surface when sitting in a chair, on a couch or in a wheelchair. Be sure to check the height range of the overbed table you are considering if this is a feature that is important to you.

Since hospital bed tables are designed with a base that rolls under the bed, another thing you should consider is how much space there is underneath your bed frame before making your final purchase. Other things to consider when making a purchase include the size and style you want. You can find bariatric overbed tables, tilt overbed tables, and a variety of base types, colors and finishes to choose from.

Overbed Table Types

There are several types of hospital bed tables to choose from, including the following:

  • Tilt Top Overbed Table: These tables for over the bed are great for reading, allowing you to tilt the table surface so you can read more comfortably.
  • Non-tilt Overbed Table: A flat surface is ideal for users who will primarily use their overbed table for activities such as eating and playing table-top games.
  • Heavy Duty Overbed Table: Bariatric overbed tables are designed to support higher weights (when the wheels are in the locked position) with up to 500 lb weight capacity.
  • Auto-touch Overbed Table: You can control the height of your table with a light touch when you purchase an auto-touch overbed table.

Hospital Beds

 At Northside Medical Supply, we hoffer a selection of hospital beds for sale to suit your individual needs. Hospital beds are designed for bedridden patients or other individuals who are in bed for long periods of time. Unlike standard beds, adjustable hospital beds can be positioned and adjusted for better comfort and bed sore prevention. 

The most popular hospital beds we carry include by Drive Medical and Lumex hospital beds, many of which come with rails for extra patient safety. We also offer specialized bed packages that include half rails theaupeutic mattress and your choice of full electric or semi electric bed that is high-low that makes it easier to get in and out of bed and adjust to meet the ideal height for both the patient and caregiver.

 

Whether you’re a professional caregiver or you care for a loved one at home, we can help you find the medical bed that will maximize both your convenience as well as the comfort of your patient. Remember, all of our hospital beds ship fast and free.

Come into Northside Medical Supply and learn about the different types of bathroom safety and bedroom equipment we offer that will best suit your needs to keep you independent, and prevent accidental falls in the bathroom and bedroom.

Simply call us (770) 425 7718 or e-mail us at mandy@medicalsupplygroup.com. We will be glad to answer all of your questions or assist you in finding the right product for you, your patients, or your family members.

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