Shower chairs and benches allow people with physical limitations to enjoy bathing comfortably with far less risk of falling and getting injured. Made of water-resistant materials and no-slip rubber footings, bathing chairs come in many different shapes, sizes, and styles.
They typically feature textured plastic to reduce the chance of slipping out of the chair and have well-positioned drainage holes for easy showering. Some feature seats that have a cutouts that enable the user to wash all areas of the body without having to stand.
A bathing chair should offer an adjustable height feature so that the user can sit with his or feet flat on the shower floor – and still reach shower knobs and soap dishes without the risk of falling.
Chairs with removable armrests can make it easier to bathe and a backrest can provide optimal comfort and support.
For small bathing areas, a folding or retractable model may be the best option and is ideal in households where mobility challenged individuals share a bathroom with others who don't require assistance.
In addition to stationary chairs, wheelchair-style shower models are also available. These shower wheelchairs are used with specially designed roll-in shower stalls.
Bathing chairs are lightweight and highly portable and enable users to take their chairs to different locations where they will be staying. They can be assembled easily and no tools required.
During bathroom construction, accommodation can be made to incorporate a bathing chair or roll-in wheelchair within the overall design.
A shower area can be built with a seat that swings outside of the shower, enabling those who use standard wheelchairs or power chairs to transfer directly from their mobility chair into the shower.
Note: Bathrooms that are specifically built to accommodate mobility-challenged persons can contribute significantly to safety, accessibility and comfort. For information on accessible bathroom design, please click here.
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