Safe Bath Australasia  has introduced a new bath lift for people living with disabilities and infirmities.
Directly addressing the needs of the mobility-challenged segment, the new internationally proven bathing chair lowers and raises users so they can safely enter and leave their bath. Aqua Joy complements Safe Bath’s established range of safe bathing innovations, including walk-in bath and shower combinations that come pre-plumbed to reduce installation and renovation costs.
Aqua Joy bath lift is durable, reliable, safe and battery-powered, and can be fitted into existing baths without modification, substantially reducing the cost of renovating homes to suit people with disabilities. The bath chair is ideal for all types of baths including walk-in, spa and traditional models.
Safe Bath Australasia Managing Director Adam Deeby observes that the Aqua Joy can be used by people of all ages and many levels of disability, from older people with frailties and baby boomers with arthritic conditions through to adults and children whose disabilities make bathing a potentially hazardous task.
Installation of the Aqua Joy is as simple as placing the bath chair in an existing bath; at the push of a button, the bather sitting on it moves downwards and upwards, allowing access into and egress out of the bath.
The swivel seat on the bath lifter projects over the lip of the bath so users can move easily onto it; the seat then slides back over the bath with the user on it, so they can be lowered into the bath. The process is reversed for raising and exiting. With the seat positioned as far back in the bath as possible, the design provides maximum legroom to optimise one’s comfort in the bath. A luxury ‘slip over cover’ attached to the Aqua Joy further enhances comfort.
Aqua Joy bath lifts are also suitable for people who use wheelchairs, scooters and walkers. Mr Deeby explains that transferring from a wheelchair to the Aqua Joy is hassle-free because the transfer is made at the same level between the two seats. This ease of access in and out of the tub enhances the ability of people with disabilities to bathe independently. If required, the bath lift with its simple controls can also be operated easily by the caregiver or family member.
The simple operation extends to the charging process, which includes an indicator light to show the battery charging status. One charge generally lasts for 15 lifts while a unique inbuilt safety feature will not allow the lift to be lowered unless there is sufficient charge to raise the user back to the top of the bath.
Aqua Joy bath lifts are both portable and versatile, and suitable for deep baths (maximum seat height of 460mm) as well as for shallow baths (minimum seat height of 88mm). The maximum lifting weight limit is 170kg.
The portable design allows the Aqua Joy to be transported easily and also eliminates the need to find accommodation with specialised facilities while travelling.
Aqua Joy bath chairs are available with a range of accessories such as vertical detachable side flaps, lap belts, chest restraints, head rests and pommels enabling children and adults with debilitating conditions to enjoy a bath in safety without fear of injury.