Handicap Shower Seat: What You Should Know

If you are looking for a handicap shower seat you will want to get familiar with the different types and functions of the shower commode.  They can be broken down into two types: Fixed shower seats and those that can be easily removed from the shower and stored.  It must be mentioned that shower seats aren’t just for the handicapped.  They can also provide a safety feature for the elderly as many accidents occur in the shower due to slips.  The concept of a shower chair for safety is that when a person is less likely to fall while sitting.

Fixed Handicap Shower Seats

These are mounted and fixed to the wall of the shower.  Ease of installation depends on the finish of your bathroom.  If you have spent a good deal of your money on remodeling your bathroom before you decide you are in need of a fixed shower chair, you may want to consider hiring somebody to install it to prevent damage.

Fixed shower seats come in many different designs.  Some have a flat surface and some resemble a toilet seat (and are also used as one) that may have a lid that folds upward.  Most will have adjustable legs that allow you to fold the the chair flush to the wall of the shower to conserve space when not in use. These are the ideal type.

There are specialized mounted shower seats that are specific for certain ages, sizes, and handicaps.  There are those that are for the small child and resemble the baby changing stations in public bathrooms but come in sizes that also accommodate toddlers and adolescents.  Mounted shower seats come in types for both the dependent and independent individual.

Removable Handicap Shower Seats

This is the most popular type of shower seating since there is no need for the extra expense of installation.  This is also a more of a diplomatic solution for households that are also inhabited by shower users that are not in need of assistive equipment.  They too come in different types, sizes, and specialties.

There are shower seats that are simply a stool or a chair with wheels.  Some are actually the shower version of a wheelchair.  Others allow for the person to be elevated and inclined to a more vertical position to enable a caregiver to wash them more easily, at their height.   Some are for the small handicapped child, a paraplegic, quadriplegic, stroke victim, persons with different stages of Parkinson’s syndrome, or the elderly person in need of extra and convenient safety.

What You Need to Consider

Since shower chairs come with different functions and for different uses, they then come in different prices.  Be sure you fully understand what you need in regards to showering yourself or a loved one.  There is no sense in wasting money on a fancy shower chair when all you really need is a comfortable stool with a hook for the washcloth and a plate to hold the soap.

If you are in need of an expensive type of handicap shower chair know your resources.  Your bank account isn’t your only resource, which may be sadly short of affording what you need.  You’ll want to call your insurance provider to see what they cover.  You may need to supply medical documents as proof.  If you’re without insurance you may find help at different charity organizations or the Veterans Administration.

Be careful of poorly made equipment that’s sold for a high price.  The best thing to do is call local nursing homes and ask to speak to the occupational therapist.  They can guide you to the different types of chairs as well as reputable brands and retailers that sell them.