Bathroom Aids, Shower Chairs and Stools
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Whether you need to buy a shower chair or you already own one, you probably have some questions about it.
Buyers ask questions about shower chairs and stools and other mobility tools, such as scooters, walking frames, bed levers and son.
So, we came up with a list, hoping that your questions are covered.
What is a shower chair?
A shower chair is a seat made for showers or bathtubs designed for people with limited mobility. Shower chairs offer safety and support for these people when they take a shower.
A bath chair (similar to a shower chair) has a seat, arms, and backrest and is usually height adjustable.
Some of the features you need to check before buying a unit of shower seat for elderly include:
- Weight capacity
- Dimension – Ensure there is enough space for the chair to be accommodated within the bathroom. For a limited bathroom space, you can choose a small shower chair. Another option is a folding shower chair.
- Materials used
- Back support
- Additional features, such as a commode option
Do I need a shower chair?
A shower seat is necessary for those with lower limb injuries when taking a shower. If you are in such a condition, it may not be safe for you to stand unaided in a bathtub or shower.
Using a shower chair means you no longer have to stand while taking a shower and conducting your daily hygiene routines. Thus, it decreases the possibility of slipping, falling, stumbling or losing balance.
Shower chairs are specially made for:
- The elderly.
- Those using wheelchairs.
- Those who experience pain when moving or standing.
- People with disabilities.
Are shower chairs safe to use?
Yes, they are. A well-designed comfortable shower chair has a slip-resistant seat and non-skid foot tips. These features make skillfully-planned bath chairs safe to use on wet surfaces.
A sturdy chair can help maintain balance while in the bathtub or shower. It can reduce the risk of injuries or broken bones, and can make the lives of people much easier.
How do I choose a shower chair?
The seat height should allow you to sit comfortably without experiencing strain on your joints. Always make sure that your seat is stable and level before using it.
The recommended seat height for a shower chair for elderly is 43 to 48 cm. The minimum width is 36 cm, and the depth is between 38 cm and 41 cm. The seat should offer a lot of space to move and sit comfortably.
Make sure to get a height-adjustable shower chair. To get the correct height, measure the distance between your heel and knee. This will give you an approximation of how high you must set the chair’s seat.
There are various types of chairs with different frames, such as a curved frame. You want to pick the right product that’s right for you. There are many quality products you can select from right here on this website.
What are shower chairs made of?
Shower chairs are typically four-legged chairs with rubberised feet. The legs are usually aluminium, and the seat is plastic. Shower chairs may also be made from a heavy duty aluminium frame.
Materials for making these chairs are sturdy and should not be damaged by water. Further, they should be easy to clean and dry quickly.
What are the types of shower chairs?
The available types for shower seats include:
Most occupational therapists recommend this type of bath chair for the elderly. It features a wide seat, rubberised feet, armrests, and a backrest, allowing these chairs to offer lots of space and support.
Rolling shower chairs feature lockable wheels that ensure it stays in place while you shower. But with this type of chair, you will have to be careful when maneuvering on wet surfaces.
These chairs are extremely durable and designed for bariatric users (namely, people weighing over 136 kg).
A foldable shower chair has two rubberized feet and is mounted to the shower wall. Foldable chairs are nice because – that way – the persons who do not need them can just flip them up out fof the way.
These are extra-long shower chairs designed for people with severe limitations. Instead of stepping into the bathtub, users can just sit on the bench and slide over.
Do shower chairs have weight limits?
Yes, they do. But it depends on the type. The standard bath seat for the lderly has a weight capacity of 136 kg, while transfer benches and bariatric shower chairs have a load limit of 272 kg.
Benches and bariatric shower chairs are heavy-duty chairs. They help ensure that a person with excessive weight is comfortable and safe in the shower.
What is a shower stool?
A bath stool or shower stool is a water-resistant chair without back support. Unlike chairs that normally have four legs, bath stools come with either three or four legs extending down below.
Shower stools are also slip-resistant. Their seats are slip-resistant, and their cup-style feet have rubber stoppers to prevent them from sliding.
You can also get yourself an adjustable shower stool so that you can make sure it is at the right height for you.
How much does a bath stool cost?
Most shower stools for disabled and elderly people typically cost $25 to $300, depending on the material and design. Those with the highest-quality and most durable materials can cost up to $400 a piece.
On the other hand, installing a custom, built-in shower bench can cost up to $800, depending on the quality of materials and size.
How long does a shower chair last?
Bathroom chairs with high-quality materials resist water well. Because they can withstand wet conditions, they can also last long. But like other types of chairs, a shower hygiene chair needs extra care and frequent cleaning.
How do I clean a shower chair?
Clean your bathroom shower stool once a month using a commercial tile cleaner. This will help reduce the chance of developing moulds and mildew. In addition, wipe down and dry the chair after each use.
How do I keep my shower stool from sliding?
Gum mats are the common anti-slip solution for this. They are suitable for shower floors and prevent shower seats from slipping and people alike.
To prevent yourself from falling in your bathroom, consider using these mats and installing guard rails and night lights.
Does NDIS cover shower chairs?
The NDIS covers bathroom mobility chairs under its Assistive Technology category and categorizes them as low-risk assistive technology products.
Portable ramps, non-slip bathmats, and handrails are also included under this category.
If you’re looking for high-quality shower aids to help you carry out your personal hygiene tasks with ease, there are plenty to choose from on this website. We also stock a range of bathroom products that may be useful for you.