The Flume Bathtub is designed on the principle of a slide and seesaw. It enables a person to bath unaided without the need for hoists or power. The tub returns to the upright position as the bath is filled with water and returns when the water is released.

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Where can I buy it?

 

At the moment it's just a concept so not available to buy yet. We will follow up as it develops.

I am so relieved to hear it.

The only device I know like it has a side entry, which is obviously much safer for transfer. It has been tested thoroughly, and the "door" to the bath is waterproof.

When I commented on safety aspects, you pointed out that there was a seat.  A seat is only effective in one direction. I would be concerned that if there was a see saw action, what are the results when the head goes down, and that seat is no longer beneath you?  

There are several options:

1. You could fall out.

2. You could drown.

3. If there is any limb spasticity, it could be even more dramatic.

Who would want this? Which disability is it being aimed at? 

I  would have thought that a jacuzzi action was much more sought after, safer and effective.  When a club for disabled people opened a jacuzzi , it was almost always in constant use. It was the one place they could go to relax.

The Club shut down - and another resource was lost. But it does make you think. Hydrotherapy  is also a great miss for many, and its merits are sorely underrated by those who do not suffer from arthritic conditions.

Linda

I'm sure this will have its niche market but I would challenge the implication in the literature (I couldn't see the images on the post and had to search for images of it elsewhere) that lots of people will be able to use it with ease and without assistance. 

The transfer looks as though it could be quite difficult and even potentially precarious at the point where the user's bottom has to traverse from the edge of the wheelchair seat to the edge of the bath.  Repeating the manoeuvre in reverse could be a test of the user's nerve, too. 

Also, the size and layout of bathrooms in the UK presumes a side-entry bath and I would be surprised if there were many domestic bathrooms that would truly have space to allow this bath to be used properly.

I don't want to knock it; it will have its place, but I wouldn't be surprised if many of the people who would be able to use it unaided would be able to use other, more conventional (and therefore cheaper) solutions almost as easily.

Well said, Helen.

It is not among the things that I would recommend. There are much easier ways keeping clean!

 Linda

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