Bathroom/toilet & care & incontinence
Bathroom and toileting aids support both independent personal hygiene and care giving. With children it is above all bath stretchers and bath seats that provide support in the bathtub; most of them are flexible and adaptable to the specific needs of the disabled child. Special handholds for bath and toilet applications, toilet seat raisers, rails for washstands, mobile shower and toilet chairs and bath lifts for bigger/heavier children and young people are listed in the assistive devices directory (product groups 4 and 33). Such aids are called “devices with double functionality” because they provide support to the disabled person while at the same time assisting the carer by making their tasks easier. Sometimes they are “objects of everyday use” which you would also have to buy for a child without disability. Financing these items can be tricky because “cost-efficiency” is often emphasised in the provision process. However, the expert advisor in your health care supply store will be able to help.