Case study - how equipment helped Jane


Jane needs more support than a bath board can provide and a powered bath lift enabled her to continue using a bath.

Jane's challenge:

Jane is 41 and lives with her husband and daughter aged 18 in their own home. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 15 years ago and has been experiencing worsening muscle spasms, weakness and fatigue in her legs for the past couple of months. She has previously been using a bath board to enable her to manage the risks when getting in and out of the bath but needs more assistance than a bath board can offer. She has stopped having a bath and instead she is having a strip wash which is tiring her and does not provide the relaxation of a hot bath.

Possible solutions

Jane contacted her local social services who arranged an assessment with an Occupational Therapist. The occupational therapist visited Jane at home. She assessed that Jane could still use the bath independently with the provision of:

  • A rigid powered bath lift that enables Jane to sit on the seat outside the bath, turn herself over the bath lift her legs into the bath. She then uses the bath lift to lower herself into the bath. When she is ready she can use the controls to operate the bath lift to lift her up back up out of the water, and she can then raise her legs and turn out of the bath.
  • A grab rail on the wall beside the bath for Jane to hold when sat on the bath lift.

The outcome

Jane felt confident to use the bath again. The grab rail helped to give extra support while using the bath lift and her children found the bath lift light enough to remove from the bath tub when they use the tub.

When the Occupational Therapist reviewed the equipment she said "Jane is feeling reassured and has regained confidence using the bath. The provision of a bath lift has been a simple solution to help Jane get safely in and out of the bath tub, she can enjoy a bath again."

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