Shower Chairs & Bath Chairs for Elderly Adults
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), more than one-third of seniors over the age of 65 slip and fall each year, and 80% of these accidents occur in the bathroom while seniors were attempting to bathe or shower. Bath chairs for seniors remain excellent options to help seniors with their bathing safety and fall avoidance. They offer both protection and confidence for bathroom mobility. Read more...
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Benefits of Shower Chairs for the Elderly
Safety: Taking a shower exposes the elderly to risks that can lead to accidents. Most of the shower chairs are comprised of sturdy materials and frames that provide enough support. They also include rubber pads that prevent slipping. These features will allow elderly individuals to bathe or shower with reduced risk of injury.
Comfort: shower seats for seniors include features like backrests, armrests, and curve seats that offer better support as compared to regular chairs.
Easy Access: Bath chairs for the elderly offer seniors with mobility issues the ability to access the shower or bath with ease and independence. They also allow the user to maintain privacy by affording them the freedom to shower or bathe without help.
Control: Bath chairs for adults are simple to use and most include controls that are very easy to use.
Portability: Shower seats for the elderly - especially the foldable models - remain easy to transport and can be taken along while traveling.
Types of Bath Chairs for the Elderly
There are several types of shower chairs, each of which have distinct features.
Shower Benches for the Elderly
Transfer shower chairs for the elderly are similar to standard shower chairs. These tub benches are used primarily for bathtub-based showers to allow users to move comfortably into and out of the bathtub without needing to stand and risk injury.
Standard Heavy-Duty Shower Chairs for the Elderly
These standard shower chairs are built to be corrosion-resistant, waterproof, and to offer maximum support and comfort. Bath chairs remain great options, suitable for a wide range of people.
Bath Chairs for the Elderly with Wheels
Adults with severe disabilities typically require shower chairs with wheels. Due to the larger seats, these shower chairs offer increased support for seniors who are unable to sit up straight by themselves. This model features wheels, making it easier for users to access a shower area or cubicle independently.
Shower Stools for the Elderly
These adult bath chairs are in fact free-standing stools that usually have height-adjustment legs and non-slip feet. Bath stools for seniors typically include a plastic seat and three or four legs made from aluminum with a non-corrosive coating.
Folding Shower Chairs for the Elderly
These shower chairs combine both safety and portability, making them a worthwhile option for users who require added flexibility. Besides offering the primary function of a shower chair, it is also easy to fold and store and pack for traveling.
Commode Shower Chairs for the Elderly
Commode shower chairs are used primarily by disabled adults whose mobility limitations cause them to require toilet assistance. This shower chair type features a toilet bucket, which is mounted underneath the seat. This feature allows for easier commode use. Moreover, this chair also enables users to clean lower areas more easily.
Choosing a Bath Chair for Adults with Limited Mobility
The first thing you need to consider when choosing a bath chair is the construction quality. Try to buy a premium quality shower chair, especially those constructed with durable plastic and aluminum frames.
Check the shower seat for overall width, height, and depth to ensure that it fits into your shower or bath (and the bathroom itself) leaving enough room for you or your loved one to maneuver.
Some shower chairs for seniors come with a backrest and armrest that makes them more comfortable to use. Remember that some products are equipped with a commode, enabling easier toilet use inside the shower. Some shower chairs even come in a multifunctional design giving the user increased safety and convenience.
Most of the best shower chairs for seniors can hold between 300-350 Ibs of weight. Before buying, verify the capacity of the shower chair you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make sure the bath chair will fit my bathtub?
Measure the width of your bathtub at the bottom instead of across the top. Several tubs have a narrower, beveled base to encourage water flow. Verifying that the width of the bath chair is less than the width of the bottom of the bathtub will help ensure a wise purchase.
What are some other things besides the bath chair that can be done to prevent bathroom accidents?
Besides proper utilization of bathroom chairs for elderly users, mounting “grab” bars can also reduce the risk of slips and falls for seniors. Further, it is also important to keep necessary supplies like toiletries within reach.
How can I make a bath chair more comfortable?
If you have a non-padded shower chair, consider placing a hand towel or even a folded bath towel on the shower chair seat. This technique offers some cushioning, though the towel will become wet.
AvaCare Medical offers a variety of shower chairs for elderly clients that can fit easily within the space of any standard bathtub. Check out our products, and if you have any questions about finding the right shower bath chair for your specific application, please contact one of our customer service representatives. We want to make sure that the shower bath chair you choose is the best for you!