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Self-care and hygiene when living with muscoskeletal disorders

Sore limbs, arthritis, rheumatic problems?
In case of musculoskeletal disorders, it may become risky to use a bathtub, as getting in and out of the bathtub poses further risk of injury. Climbing through the high sidewall becomes difficult, and in many cases, it can only be carried out with external help, which places extra burden on a relative or caregiver, but the patient may feel vulnerable too.

These problems usually affect senior groups and almost every stage of musculoskeletal disorders make it impossible to use the bathtub. Many young people also live with musculoskeletal diseases, and they are cared for by their parents, so the installation of a tub door would definitely help relieve both the patient and the caregiver.

Based on our experience from the past few years, there are situations in life, which may impede the comfort and safety of self-care:
• Hip or knee joint arthritis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, knee pain, arthritis, spinal disc herniation, broken limbs, limb amputations.
• Diseases that cause coordination problems, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer.
Unfortunately, these diseases affect a large number of people, and in most cases, the family itself must figure out how to live with it since the hospital only informs them about the disease itself and the medical treatment needed.

Self-care is a fundamental and essential need for everyone, and if it is neglected, it can lead to other diseases.
A bathroom conversion might seem like a daunting task at first, because it is expensive and may include a lot of work. Few people realise that a simple bath conversion can be a perfect solution, since in many cases the high sidewall of the bathtub is the main problem.

Bathtub door
A so-called walk-in bathtub makes self-care easier, and in some circumstances it is the only practical option for personal care and hygiene. A fast and efficient installation of the tub door can help improve the quality of life for people suffering from musculoskeletal diseases.
• It is safe because the entry level is lowered and no more risk is expected from stepping over the sidewall.
• It is waterproof so it prevents water flowing out of the bathtub.
• It is easy to install, so the costs are minimal as compared to a full bathroom conversion.
• It is quick, ready in a day or two, thus solving the bathing problems from limited mobility.

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