Yesterday we introduced you to the Invacare Rio H605 Bath Lift, new on the home health care market.
Rio H605 Bath Lift Specifications
The list of specifications from the User Manual provided inside the shipping box are as follows:
- Depth – 26.8 inches
- Heights – 40.6 inches
- Seat Width – 14.6 inches without side flaps / 28.3 inches with side flaps
- Height of Backrest – 24.2 inches
- Total Weight – 20.9 pounds
Initial Observations Using the Rio H605 Bath Lift
When we used it for the first time we noticed that without the seat cover it was easier for our daughter to pull herself onto the bath seat in a stable seated position.
As well, we notice that at its lowest the Rio Bath Lift was lower inside the bathtub which will save us a little hot water here and there.
We find that this home bath lift operates much more quite than the Aquatec Fotuna. Part of the reason I believe is because the chair simply moves up and down the almost vertical frame vs the more complex composition of the former bath lift.
This also accounts for why the back rest of the Rio H605 bath lift is fixed; that is to say that it does not tilt backwards. That is fine by us as we have a standard sized bathtub in that bathroom and there was always precious little room for the backrest to tilt backwards.
Another reason for the quieter operation of the Rio Bath Lift I think is because of the motor, but I am no engineer so I do not know for sure….I’m simply reporting on my own personal observations.
What Needs to be Improved with the Rio H605 Bath Lift?
One item which needs attending to, quickly, in my opinion by Invacare is that there is no place to hang the hand operated unit which one uses to make the seat go up and down has no place to safely rest when it is not in use. You can see it resting against the backrest in the picture above.
All I did was to use apply 3M Command hook to the back of the backrest.
It was very easy to do and now the hand operated unit can rest safely without continually falling into the bath water.
Another improvement I would suggest to the Invacare Rio H605 Home Bath Lift is with the battery and charger.
The placement of the battery does take a little bit of getting used to. With the old Aquatec Fortuna unit I could remove the battery from the backrest literally with one finger. Not so here with the Rio Bath Lift as it takes more care to place the battery properly in the receptive track.
As well, charging the unit is different as well (not that ‘different’ is a bad thing). In the picture below the grey part needs to, again, be placed with care so it resides in the proper area to make the connection with the metal part of the battery, otherwise no charge will occur.
With our former bath lift, as is the case with most mobile phones such as our iPhose 5, one simply needs to insert a pring of some sort into the battery (or phone). So, this is different and can be a tad confusing at first. But like anything else, one can get used to it.
Select this link to read about and see our experience assembling of the Rio H605 Home Bath Lift.
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