Rolling Shower Chairs: Best for Personal Privacy and Safety
Rolling shower chairs can help the disabled retain privacy and personal dignity by providing a way for them to bathe alone in a safe, secure shower environment.

One of the more difficult parts of providing care to the infirm, elderly, or disabled is getting them in and out of the shower, especially in a wheelchair accessible
bathroom environment. 

It is not only difficult on the part of the caregiver, it is also difficult 
on the one receiving the care. Many times, people who are being 
cared for feel as if their dignity and privacy has been stripped from 

For those who cannot afford costly bathroom make-overs, rolling 
shower chairs are an alternative. With this type of home mobility
aid, the person can be rolled into the shower, handed 
a hand-held slide bar shower head, and then can be allowed to 
enjoy well-deserved privacy. 

These chairs eliminate the need for transfer of the disabled from a 
wheelchair to a special seat and they eliminate the chance of slipping 
and falling. 

Besides providing privacy while bathing, most handicap shower chairs that roll also allow for privacy while using the toilet. Almost all of these chairs roll over the top of the commode, allowing for independence and better hygiene. 

Three things to consider when selecting a rolling shower chair:

  • Specifications - There are many types of handicap shower chairs on the market. Some are designed with tilt features that allow you to roll and tilt the disabled person into the tub. Others are made as wheelchairs that can be used in the shower. When choosing a rolling shower chair it is important to not only take into consideration the needs of the person who will be in the chair, but to allow also for the abilities of the caregiver. 

  • Ease of use - Make sure that the disabled shower chair you choose is easy for all to use. When selecting the right handicap shower seat, it would be wise to consult with both the patient and the caregiver. 

  • Size - These chairs for shower use come in a wide variety of sizes ranging from pediatric-sized to those for larger-sized people. You should carefully research the size and specifications before purchase. 

General consumer information: 

shower wheelchair ranges in price from around $100 to over $3000, based on style, make, and model. In some cases, Medicare and/or disability insurance will cover the complete cost of a handicapped chair for the shower. This type of handicapped chairs are not generally used by those who only suffer from limited mobility. Instead, they are generally used by those who cannot stand or walk alone. 

Quality, safe shower wheelchairs or other rolling chairs are usually made of durable stainless steel. They usually weigh between 20-40 pounds and are easily assembled in under an hour. While the frame is made of rust-proof stainless steel, the seat, arms, and back are padded well to avoid rubbing against the flesh and causing bedsores. They can be used with or without lap-belts and restraints, and are slide and skid-resistant. They can also be locked into place. 

While coping with a handicap or disability is not easy, rolling shower chairs provide a way for the disabled to retain privacy and dignity during bathing, even though they must otherwise often depend on a caregiver for general assistance.

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