A typical scenario looks like this: Mom or dad falls and breaks a leg, a hip, or sprains an ankle. With or without rehab, they now need to be able to take a shower safely. Or, perhaps this same thing happens to you. Even athletes have accidents, and when you need to shower and have either a temporary or permanent disability, you realize just how complicated this one task can be.
So, you run out to a drugstore to pick up a shower chair. Problem solved, right? Unfortunately, not by a long shot. There are no one-size-fits-all shower chairs for individual issues and homes. But we have you covered here at Ruby. Accessibility, safety, and aesthetics are our top priorities, and we can help you set up a shower situation that is convenient and safe. Let’s look at some of the shower chair options and some other safety additions you may not have thought of.
Although you need a shower chair now, take a deep breath and look at your situation before buying. If you buy the wrong chair, you are risking a fall. Some things to consider:
At Ruby, we like the brands Carex and Drive for tub and walk-in shower chairs. But, there are other good brands as well. Consider other factors when choosing, such as having a back to rest against, padding, and arms for stability. Also, think about the shower curtain and how you will keep water from getting outside the tub.
A standard shower chair might work for the tub if you have no problem getting in and out of the tub, but you may want to consider a sliding transfer tub chair to give you more stability and reduce fall risk.
The Drive Medical Folding Universal Sliding Transfer Bench is an example of the kind of tub shower transfer chair that will get you in and out of the tub safely.
If you don’t need a sliding bench, this Carex Easy Transfer Bench is an example of a tub transfer bench.
If your shower stall is small and confining, you will want to make sure that your chair fits the space that you have. We don’t usually recommend stools, so consider a chair with a back for resting and arms for stability. If space is an issue, you could install a flip chair that is convenient and hides away. Here are some suggestions. There are other brands to consider, so find the chair that fits your needs.
This Drive shower chair is a good example of an affordable, safe chair for the shower.
The Carex E-Z Bath and Shower Seat is another example of a good, sturdy chair for the shower. Note that the maximum weight is 300 pounds. Both the Drive and Carex have adjustable legs.
The Platinum Health Padded Shower Chair is an example of a polyester padded chair for comfort and stability.
Folding shower chairs have several advantages. They are permanently installed on the wall, so they are very stable. Folding shower chairs can be folded down against the wall when you need it out of the way. The downside- they can’t be moved or adjusted, so you will want to make sure you have everything else within reach. Options include padded seats, legs, slats, and more.
This Moen Teak Shower Chair gives you an idea of the elegant look available in a flip-down shower chair.
Now you can see the many considerations when it comes to shower chairs and other accessibility features. At Ruby, we can do an in-home assessment not only for your shower situation but all of the other home features to keep you independent and safe. Call us at 1-833-MEET-RUBY to start the evaluation process and give you peace of mind as you or your loved one recovers.
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