A shower wheelchair is designed for elderly who use a wheelchair as their primary means of moving around and have an accessible shower.
Maybe your aging parent or elderly loved one is using a wheelchair and is having difficulty transferring onto a bench or seat in the shower.
Maybe there isn't enough room to safely complete the transfer - whether they can't get their wheelchair at the right angle or there isn't anything to grab on to.
This type of wheelchair can be a great solution as it is easier to use than a shower bench or seat in the shower.
Elderly can undress in the bedroom, transfer into the shower wheelchair, cover themselves with a towel and roll into the bathroom to shower.
A shower wheelchair is designed for elderly who use a wheelchair as their primary means of mobility and have an accessible shower for a wheelchair to roll into.
It is basically a waterproof wheelchair designed to get wet.
Instead of having to transfer onto a shower chair or bench in the bathroom, the elderly can transfer into the shower wheelchair in another room and roll to the bathroom.
This opens up the option of using a transfer pole or lift to transfer into the shower chair in another room, which makes it safer and easier than trying to transfer onto a chair/bench in the bathroom.
Elderly that will benefit from using one will already use a wheelchair as their primary method of mobility and have an accessible shower.
Many models can also be used as a rolling commode so the elderly can also use it to roll over a toilet to go to the bathroom.
A good shower wheelchair will:
If your elderly parent has poor upper body and trunk strength (difficulty maintaining an upright position in sitting), they will likely need the tilt option.
There are a few accessories available:
Fit is not as important as a light weight wheelchair as the senior will not be in it for as long. However, you want to get the best possible fit so that it's comfortable and easy to use.
There are three basic measurements used in fitting:
How to measure:
They are similar to using a regular light weight wheelchair.
Remember to put the brakes on when transferring in/out of the chair and when showering.
They cost $400-2500+ depending on the features needed (such as tilt/recline).
There are several other wheelchair styles including:
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