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    C-5 bathtub

    I am in the process of building an accessible home and one of the things that I want to do is be able to take a bath again. I am a C-5/6 Quad and I have a shower chair for showering, but that's not the help for this problem. We found a really awesome clawfoot tub that has Jacuzzi jets and my idea was to just use my Hoyer lift to get into the tub. What I'm trying to figure out is a device I can use in the bathtub to help keep me seated upright while simultaneously allowing me to lounge back and not slide under the water. Anybody have any ideas? Anybody else work out something like this?

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    Be sure that you also have cushioning under your butt. I have seen a number of people who have developed serious pressure ulcers from sitting directly on the hard tub surface.

    Will your lift actually fit under the tub?

    I have seen tub positioning systems for children, but not for adults. How much do you weigh, and how tall are you?

    This Otter system can accommodate someone up to 5'8" and 160 lb.: http://www.pattersonmedical.com/app....y=IF_921011887

    Here is the Rifton version (also 160 lb. limit): http://tadpoleadaptive.com/rifton-bl...ath-chair.html

    This one can accommodate someone up to 180 lb.: http://www.pattersonmedical.com/app....l&id=081123629

    This one is available in the UK. Not sure if they have a distributor in the USA: http://www.leckey.com/products/advan...sture-function

    This one, by Otto Bock, has a USA distributor, but it says the maximum weight capacity is 159 lb.: http://themobilityproject.com/direct.../bathroom.aspx
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      #3
      Here's another idea, though it's not inexpensive...

      http://www.us.kohler.com/webassets/k...s/Elevance.pdf


      I agree about the cushioning.

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        #4
        Originally posted by -scott- View Post
        Here's another idea, though it's not inexpensive...

        www.us.kohler.com/webassets/kpna/brochures/Elevance.pdf


        I agree about the cushioning.
        Do you think that would fit through a 30 inch door for retrofit?
        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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          #5
          Originally posted by nonoise View Post
          Do you think that would fit through a 30 inch door for retrofit?
          p.18 of that pdf has the dimensions. The narrowest width is 33.5".

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            #6
            Originally posted by -scott- View Post
            p.18 of that pdf has the dimensions. The narrowest width is 33.5".
            I think as you suggested it's meant for new construction. Then it's 12K+ msrp can be absorbed in the 30 year loan. The concept is good since it's just a transfer from a wc to another seat. Kohler charges too much.
            I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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              #7
              I didn't suggest that it's best for new construction or remodels, though designing a space for ease of transfer would best occur in new builds.

              As for price, no argument that it's expensive. It can be found under $8k though.

              I've seen this tub in-person & it's designed very well.

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                #8
                Could the OP get a piece of some type of foam with a custom cut that could be used for support/protection in the tub? I'm thinking you could use a mesh sling with the Hoyer to get in and be lowered onto the foam piece and leave the sling in place. Not sure the Hoyer would go that low?

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                  #9
                  I've used an extra Stimulite cushion (without a cover) on hard surfaces. Water flows straight through it, works great.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by -scott- View Post
                    I didn't suggest that it's best for new construction or remodels, though designing a space for ease of transfer would best occur in new builds.

                    As for price, no argument that it's expensive. It can be found under $8k though.

                    I've seen this tub in-person & it's designed very well.
                    By suggesting "meant for new construction" was my poor apology for my going off topic. Under $8k still takes some serious consideration, but it does look good.
                    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                      #11
                      The tub we are looking at is a clawfoot style Tom with enough clearance that the lift will glide underneath it. I'm 5 foot eight roughly 180 pounds (depending on the time of year) and have definitely taken the combination of water and pressure on my backside into consideration. I have a couple of friends were pretty handy perhaps buying one of the above bath chairs and finding a way to reinforce them in a couple of spots so they hold more weight would be the way to go. Thanks for your help everyone!

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                        #12
                        I am a caregiver for my future father-in-law. He is 89 and had a series of strokes, leaving him unable to use his left side. He has macular degeneration and hearing loss. The man is amazing. One day he mentioned how much he would love to have a real bath again. I searched for 2 years before I lucked into a Craigslister posting a Parker bath by Arjo-Huntleigh and it is incredible. Here is their website that explains it better than I would. http://www.arjohuntleigh.net/admin/f...0723160841.pdf
                        I will add, the person who was selling it posted as a "one man hot tub". Of course I had to check that out! I also want to mention the creative way we use it. We did not do a bathroom remodel. We literally have it in a large space that accommodates his lift easily. Rather than hooking it to plumbing, we have a hose hook up that is rated for hot water as well so that we can fill it easily. We have flat drain tubing that we got at Lowe's that allows us to simply drain it anywhere. What makes this so wonderful is that we put the tub on sliders, move it where we want it, fill it up, get him settled in, and let him enjoy. If he wants to watch television or listen to music, etc., no problem. We get him out as the water is draining, no waiting for it to finish.

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