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Bathing is an essential daily chore required to ensure personal hygiene. Many people with limited mobility find it hard to shower or bathe independently. Thus, they need outside help from a caregiver. Shower safety aids are useful for such people. With the help of shower assistance aids, one can easily use the bathroom without slipping or falling.

What is a Shower Bench Seat?

A shower bench seat is a bathroom safety aid that provides additional support to patients while showering or bathing. Shower chairs are shaped like standard chairs with rubberized legs to prevent slipping or falling. The chair has a plastic body and is supported by aluminum or other water-resistant metal. Shower benches are the same but do not include a backrest and are also used for transferring a patient from a wheelchair to the shower area. The shower chair with arms has a comfortable seat that is latex free and doesn’t irritate the skin. The shower chair with backrest is made to shape and support the spine and lumbar. The bathroom bench usually is shaped in a way that supports the buttocks and provides grip to the patient using the shower chair.

Types of Bath Stool

  • Tub Transfer Bench - A bath seat is wider in structure and is used by placing the two legs of the chair in the bathtub or the shower area and the other two near a wheelchair or stretcher. The patient then sits on one side and slides down to the other into the bathtub or shower for a safer transfer.
  • Fold Down Shower Chair - These bath stools are for permanent installation in the bathroom and have only two legs, with the hind part of the chair being attached to the wall of the bathroom.
  • Rolling Shower Chairs - Bathroom chairs of these kinds are recommended for people with mobility impairment. They have wheels to facilitate fast and easy movement into the shower and out of it.
  • Baby Shower Chairs - Baby shower chairs are used for children and infants. These shower chairs provide stability and support while bathing infants.
  • Folding Shower Seat - Folding shower seat usually does not have a backrest and can be used by people who would like to save space. They can be folded and stored easily for the next time.
  • Standard Shower Chairs - The most cost-effective of the lot, these shower bench seats are simple shower chairs that provide basic support and stability to the patient.

Shower Seat FAQ

1. Why should you put a bench seat in the shower?

Shower benches make life easier for older adults and daily living safer and better. The shower bench seat helps a person sit down in the shower, keep their weight balanced, and avoid falls.

2. What is the best chair for a shower?

Rehab Store offers a wide range of best shower bench seats at affordable prices. These lightweight shower chairs are comfortable and durable with a robust aluminum framework for efficient functioning. Our top reviewed shower seats include Medline Knockdown Bath Bench With Back and ProBasics Shower Chair.

3. How do I choose a shower seat?

Shower bench seats come in various styles; some are created for people with medical needs, and others are designed to complement the interior of the bathrooms. Before you make the purchase, consider the main purpose of the shower bench. These factors include the bench type, size, weight capacity, material, safety features, and optional storage space.

4. How do you use a shower bench seat after knee replacement?

After a knee replacement surgery, one must be extra careful about moving their knee for the first few months. Preparing the home to make it safer is important, and bathing and more personal hygiene tasks become easier with the new knee joint. After knee replacement, the person should start to rehabilitate and be able to return to their normal level of activity.

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Where to buy the Shower Chairs for Elderly?

We have a great range of shower bench seats from top-selling brands such as Teakworks4u, Duralife, Drive Medical, etc. For best results, you can try BodyMed Aluminum Shower Chair, the Clarke Starfish Pro Manual Shower, and Commode Chair, and many others at affordable prices and great discounts.