When you get older, the more brittle your bones become, that’s something we cannot escape just yet.
Because of this brittleness, it’s easier for us to break a bone or a hip.
The most commonplace for an accident to happen where you can fall and break something is in the shower.
Most fall accidents where people break a bone or two are 90% higher in the shower room than anywhere else in the house.
The combination of water, soap, and tiles make this room the most dangerous place to be in, elderly or not.
To prevent falling and breaking something during your shower routine, you can use a specially designed shower chair.
This way, you can sit during your shower without the dangers of slipping from the combination of soap and water.
What is the best shower chair for the elderly?
With over 200 different types of shower chairs on the market, choosing the right one for you can be quite hard.
To help you make the right decisions, I have listed below the shower chairs that I consider worth buying.
Drive Medical Plastic Tub Transfer Bench
- Easy to put together with no tools
- Good quality for the price
- Ability to adjust the height and back position
- Suitable for patients that have surgery done on the hips, knees, and lower back
- The stool is large so measure carefully
- Terrible instruction
- The handle is on the right and not on the left like the picture
- Not for anyone over 325 Lbs
- Little shaky when the legs are in the highest position
Drive Medical Adjustable Height Bath Stool
- Fits in many showers with room to move around
- Easy to put together
- Good for short-term use
- Not for large persons
- Small seat
- Too high for my bath purposes
- Wobbly on highest settings
NOVA Shower & Bath Chair with Back & Arms
- Super stable
- Well made material
- Fits in ADA showers
- Fast returns
- Not appropriate for persons over 200 pounds
- Does not fit a standard bathtub
- Hard to connect pieces, a finger can get caught if not careful
PCP Shower Safety Seat
- Well made materials
- Very tall, at the lowest setting it’s higher than the edge of the tub
- Easy to put together
- Wide leg span
- Sturdy padding
- The listed 17 1⁄2 inches is not the correct size because the seat is wider
- Padding can feel uncomfortable for certain people
How do you use a shower chair?
When you have received your new shower chair, it’s time to set it up correctly and take a shower safely.
Use these tips for a safe and relaxing shower with less pain.
- Adjust the height of the chair so that standing up is without too much strength
- Make sure the shower chair is level, and the legs are even in hight
- Don’t put one or more chair legs on a shower drain
- Place safety mats below the chair and your feet
- Remove any obstacles around the chair and your walking path
- Make sure to sit in the middle of the chair and not on the edge
If you already know how to use a shower chair correctly, then make sure that the tips above are present in your shower routine, otherwise consider using them.
How much weight does a shower chair hold?
The total amount of weight a shower chair can handle is between 200 and 400lb.
These numbers can change depending on the quality and materials used to make the shower chair.
Make sure to check with the seller for the weight limitation of the shower chair you want to buy.
How do you clean a shower chair?
When you buy a shower stool, you want to use it as much as possible.
So cleaning is mandatory to ensure the stool will last you a long time.
To make sure that you can use it as much as needed, I have listed a couple of tips that you can use to clean your stool correctly.
Shower stool cleaning tips.
- Dry your stool after each use, don’t rush it and make sure to hit every nook and cranny
- Don’t store your shower chair in the shower because this promotes the growth of bacteria
- Clean your stool every 30 days with a tile cleaner or ammonia and water-based solution
Bonus tip: don’t shop for shower stools by price.
I know that shower chairs are expensive, but buying a cheaper one can cause you more damage than when you go for the more expensive ones.
You don’t want the legs of the shower chair to break underneath you when you take a shower, or the seat cut into your flesh.
That is why I always recommend spending a little more in the beginning so that you save yourself a lot of pain in the end.
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