Taking a shower is a daily challenge for someone who has a disability or limited mobility. Able-bodied people find it difficult to imagine the challenge and how painful it can be for disabled people to take a shower or a bath while having to deal with the dangers of slipping or falling on the hard bathroom surfaces. The task of showering can be dangerous for anyone with a disability; because of their limited maneuverability, they are at a higher risk of falling, slipping or experiencing serious trauma.
Much of the danger and risk can be eliminated by using a wheelchair specifically made for use in the shower. This kind of wheelchair, sometimes known as a disabled chair, can be pushed into the shower and the user will not have to stand on the slippery floor. It has multiple uses and can serve as a bedside commode or over and existing toilet. That way the user will not need to stand and transfer to the toilet.
Are you asking yourself if it is necessary to buy a disabled chair if the user already has a wheelchair in the house? The shower chair has an opening in the middle; therefore the user can reach all body parts without having to stand.
The shower wheelchair has removable armrests, giving the user more flexibility. As the disabled chair is made specifically for use in the shower, the construction materials are water and rust proof plastic or steel. The height of the chair is adjustable which allows the user easier access to the shower knobs. If you want additional comfort and support, consider getting a backrest.
If your current bathtub isn’t disabled-friendly, there are services available that will convert your bathtub to an accessible one. Converting the bathtub might require cutting a door into the current tub so that the shower wheelchair can get in and out or they might have to lower the outer walls and install steps. Another option is to buy a walk in bath made for handicapped users.
It is recommended that you take out the curtain in the shower to make a safer spaced for the disabled. Disabled shower rooms should not have a lip or threshold in order to allow the disabled chair easy ingress into the shower. For additional safety, grab bars could also be installed.
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