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Is there really a difference? Shower seats are usually stationary and are made from waterproof materials like plastic or teak. Shower chairs are usually mobile and have wheels.
If your mobility is limited due to aging, accident or illness, this will greatly impact your daily activities, particularly having a bath in a dignified way.
The best approach is to acknowledge your mobility problems right from the beginning when choosing a shower seat. Take into account that your situation might deteriorate and you are in a position now to make a decision that will affect you in the future.
Most people who have become disabled, live in homes or apartments that are not accessible. Your ability to take a bath properly are not only limited by your disability and limited mobility, most bathrooms are not made or designed for people with disabilities.
The two options you have are to fully renovate your bathroom to accommodate your disabilities or make use of the existing bathroom by finding a shower bench that fits the bathroom. The cost of a bathroom renovation can cost as much as $10,000 not to mention the amount of time required to do it.
The average bathroom can take up to 10 days to renovate and there will be major disruptions to the rest of the household too. If you have the money to undertake the renovations and you have access to another bathroom, this might be a great option. It could be a very different story if you don't have a situation like this.
Let's say you have all the resources to remodel your bathroom, the final result should be a fully accessible bathroom that includes a wheel in shower. Make sure that the floor is designed to drain correctly. This might seem like an obvious suggestion, but is a big problem in renovating bathrooms for the disabled.
The majority of the bathroom should slope toward the drain and should be a minimum 1" slope to the drain. You will now be able to use the shower chair without having to worry about water draining outside of the shower. Another important design tip is to use non-slip flooring. Although granite might look great, it is not practical when it gets wet.
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