There are many companies that produce chairs and commodes to be used in showers, bathtubs and for going to the toilet by persons that have limited mobility. Even though most people that have disabilities are using such equipment, the statistics show that most injuries still occur in the bathroom. While it’s true that using the bathroom poses the most risks for persons with limited mobility, the fact is, there are products that can reduce these risks. When buying a handicap shower chair we should always make sure that it offers the most accessibility, versatility, ease-of-use and safety.
The fact that there are many different types of chairs and commodes that can be used by people with disabilities in the bathroom doesn’t help us all that much. It actually makes our job of finding one that’s safe and easy to use more difficult. While variety works to spice up the competition and drives producers to design better chairs, what we’ll most often find is that all this variety only confuses us. Most people still ask their physicians for recommendations on what bathroom equipment to get, and while this isn’t a bad idea in itself, we will find that doing a bit of research on our own is more fruitful. While physicians try to recommend good products, the fact is that they are not faced with the real situations that a person with a disability goes through. While a regular handicap shower chair might work well for most people, looking for one that fits our specific needs will reduce our risk of injury, and better our overall experience.
The question is what should we really look for and how do we know what is the best equipment for us? The fact that we’ll want to look for equipment that’s easy to use, reliable, safe, adjustable, and durable is a given. We all want a product that we’ll be able to use in any and all situations, that provides us with the most accessibility, is lightweight, and that will last us for a lifetime. What we need to know is how do these traits translate in the specifications of the chair or shower commode we want to purchase. If it’s too adjustable, then it might just be that it’s not that sturdy, or if it’s adjustable and sturdy, then it may prove to be too big, and we won’t be able to fit it through the bathroom door. The fact is that the materials from which the equipment is made from makes all the difference. Stainless steel is known to be durable and reliable, but it’s also quite heavy. If we would prefer something lighter, we should look for a handicap shower chair that’s made from lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum.
There are actually some types of chairs that are designed to be used in more than one situation. Highly adjustable and with many functions, these chairs can be easily used as a shower commode in roll-in bathrooms, or can be adjusted for use in most bathtubs, providing great stability and accessibility. A commode, tub and handicap shower chair that’s self-propelled can be the best choice for people that want more independence and reliability from their equipment.