Adjustable Shower Chairs / Height Adjustable Shower Seats
If you’re looking to buy an adjustable shower chair, you may be pleased to learn that nearly every medical shower chair is height-adjustable for comfort and utility. We’ll tell you how you can pick the right height adjustable shower chair for your needs, and inform you about some excellent features to consider. Read more...
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Make Sure Your Adjustable Shower Chair is the Right Height
When you’re looking for a new shower chair, it’s important to make sure the seat height will be comfortable and safe for the user. Begin by determining the height you need so that your feet will rest comfortably on the shower floor. Next, verify the model’s range of seat-to-floor height adjustment. If the measurement you need falls within that range, great! Otherwise, look for small shower chairs or tall shower chairs that are more likely to have the ability to adjust to your seated height.
Do Adjustable Shower Chairs Cost a Lot?
Cost sometimes presents a concern as users consider purchasing an adjustable shower chair. This is perfectly understandable because adjustable shower chairs for the elderly and disabled are intended for people who likely live on a fixed monthly budget. For this reason, we want you to know that there are numerous options to choose from. What’s important is that you receive the proper adjustable bath seat without taking on an undue financial burden. Because so many quality brands and models exist on the market, be sure to consider some other important factors aside from the price.
Factors to Consider When Buying an Adjustable Shower Chair
As mentioned above, there are numerous options to consider when it comes to choosing the right adjustable shower seat. The following list will help ensure that you find the right adjustable-height shower stool for you.
Are You Looking for Armrests?
Consider whether or not you will require armrests. Fortunately, you have many options from which to choose when it comes to picking an adjustable shower chair with arms. Having armrests may restrict a little bit of mobility, but can increase safety in terms of balance. Furthermore, they can give the user something to hold onto when getting up and sitting down in the chair.
Do You Want a Backrest?
Another important point to consider is how much back support you think you may need. Since many shower stools and benches come without a backrest, some users require additional back support. This added support also helps you to relax and relieves worries about tipping back in your shower chair or leaning back too far. In addition to the added balance, a shower chair with a backrest can make it easier to shower pain-free.
Consider the Type of Shower Seat You’ll Actually Need
There are numerous types of soft shower chairs. Users with less severe mobility needs or with a desire for more flexibility can choose from the following:
- Shower Seats with Wheels: If you’re looking for an adjustable shower chair that provides increased mobility but which can also remain stationary when desired, you can opt for an adjustable shower chair with wheels. Almost all of these types of shower chairs also feature armrests and back support for ultimate comfort. Aside from that, these seats are compatible with options like commode seats and more.
- A Shower Stool: An adjustable shower stool without arms or a backrest may meet the needs of those looking for a simple adjustable shower seat for the bathtub. Despite the seeming simplicity of medical shower stools, they are generally very secure, feature rubber feet for security, and still enable complete motor function. Some of them even have built-in swivel mechanisms to ensure that you can turn around safely and easily access the items you need without overextending yourself.
- The Shower Bench: Shower benches are often a little bit wider than shower chairs. If you get an adjustable shower bench, you’ll be able to have a little more support. Many shower benches can also support larger amounts of weight and have increased durability, non-slip seats, and handles. Pair these with a handheld shower-head to round out your independent showering experience.
- Commode Seats: A shower chair with a commode cut-out is one of the most practical types of commodes. In addition to providing easier access for cleaning, it's also equipped with a bucket, making it a great choice for users who are worried about getting out of the shower and onto the toilet in time.
Check the Weight Capacity
One of the most important things to consider for your safety and security is the weight capacity of your adjustable medical shower chair. Since the chair will bear the full weight of the user, height adjustable shower chairs should only be purchased if they can reliably support the user's personal weight. When selecting a shower chair with adjustable legs, you can find chairs that are rated to hold anywhere from 200 pounds up to and exceeding 500 pounds.
Shower Seat Material
The best type of material for your adjustable shower chair will vary based on your individual needs. As with other medical equipment, the material of the legs, armrests, and/or frame can make a difference in the weight capacity and overall functionality of the chair. Many adjustable bath chairs are composed of PVC plastic and aluminum, and there are some that offer softer seats, which are made with a vinyl cover surrounding a pad to ensure that they are waterproof and slip-proof. If you're choosing a shower chair that doesn't have wheels, verify that it has rubber feet on the bottom. Alternatively, if you are purchasing one with wheels, consider rubber wheels which will provide good traction even on the wet shower floor.
If you have any questions after you’ve researched products, or if you need any help choosing the right shower chair with adjustable legs, we at AvaCare Medical are happy to assist you during our working hours. Simply dial our toll-free number, chat with us on-site, or shoot us an email at any time. Achieve the comfort and security you want by buying an adjustable medical shower chair today!