Choosing a Handicap Shower Chair for Your Bathroom Choosing a Handicap Shower Chair for Your Bathroom

A handicap shower chair is an important part of a bathroom for individuals who are disabled, elderly or easily fatigued. For these individuals, who may not be able to stand in a shower for very long without becoming fatigued or dizzy, shower chairs are essential. They provide stability, safety and comfort. However, as their popularity grows, the amount of shower chairs available has exploded, making it more difficult to find the shower chair that is right for you. If you are uncertain as to what kind of shower chair to purchase, read the following information.

Price

As with all things, shower chairs come in a variety of prices. They can be purchased for as little as $50 or as much as several hundred dollars. For individuals who need only an occasional rest in the shower, a cheaper plastic chair may be desirable. However, for individuals who require more support and durability, a more expensive chair will be necessary.

Safety

It is important to take into account individual capabilities and needs when determining what kind of chair to buy. For example, some chairs are built like stools and lack a back. For some individuals these backless chairs might be desirable, as they allow some flexibility with positioning, but for individuals who have difficulty sitting erect or holding their backs straight, backless shower chairs are out of the question. Keep in mind your (or your loved one's) individual capacity for physical exertion when purchasing a shower chair.

Mobility

Shower chairs also differ in terms of mobility. Some chairs are completely stationary, and are locked into the shower. Other chairs have wheels on them, allowing them to be easily maneuvered in and out of the shower. Although the wheeled varieties increase mobility, for some individuals, they may not be desirable. Although most of them have no-skid wheels, they may not be the best choice for individuals with decreased balance and coordination, as they can slip around or be overturned.

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