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Bathing / Showering / Bathroom

As an occupational therapist, I have assisted many individuals with a shower or bathing task. Bathing can be one of the riskier daily activities a person can experience.

In saying that, it always surprises me when folks want to decline a piece of equipment that helps promote bathing safety.
Here are some things to think about:

  • Water can increase the risk for falling. However, simply making a few changes can minimize most risks and injuries.
  • Bath benches and shower chairs can give a person a great source of stability. Bathing is a dynamic activity, the more you move as you are bathing… the greater risk you are for falling.
  • Grab bars are another way to give you some stability when you are stepping into a tub or shower.

Last thing to remember: the use of bath benches and shower chairs can help you with conserving energy. By using the equipment, you store up your energy so you can exert that energy when friends and loved ones come to visit, instead of being exhausted during their visit.

Whenever you are using a Shower Chair you want to make sure that the backs of both of your legs are touching the shower chair before you sit down. Way too often, folks start to sit down before they are safely positioned… and this is a recipe for disaster. By making sure your legs are positioned properly… this can help to prevent a fall.

Here is a great tip for you when using a Tub Transfer Bench. If you place the tub transfer bench so that it is facing the shower head, and you feel that the bench is tipping too much for your comfort level, you can always turn the back of the tub bench up against the wall with the shower head. You will just need to change the arm on the bench to the other side. Having the bench up against the wall will help promote more stability. I would always recommend a long handled shower head, so that you have control of the water… instead of it beating down on you.

When picking out a Long Handled Shower Head, you want to make sure that the hose is long enough so that it can be placed down on your lap or the shower chair when needed. I also would recommend a shower head that you can turn on and off. That way the water is off when you are soaping up, and on when you need to rinse off. This will help prevent water from spraying ALL over your bathroom, which will help prevent slips, trips and falls!

Carex Universal Bath Seat and Shower Chair

With Support Up To 400 Pounds – Adjustable Height Shower Bench

B000AEGCUI

Carex Universal Bath Seat and Shower Chair

NOVA Medical Products Heavy Duty Bath Bench

500 lb Weight Capacity
B004AC6UOO

NOVA Medical Products Heavy Duty Bath Bench

Vive Tub Transfer Bench - Bath & Shower Transfer Bench

Adjustable Handicap Shower Chair – Medical Bathroom Accessibility Aid for Elderly, Disabled, Seniors & Bariatric

B01N3YDNY5

Vive Tub Transfer Bench - Bath & Shower Transfer Bench

Medline Shower Chair Bath Seat with Padded Armrests and Back

Great for Bathtubs, Supports up to 350 lbs

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Medline Shower Chair Bath Seat with Padded Armrests and Back

Vive Shower Chair with Back

Handicap Bathtub Bench with Padded Armrest for Disabled, Seniors & Elderly – Adjustable Medical Bath Stool Spa Seat with Handle Pads for Bariatrics – Non Slip Tub Safety

B00UVYGB6W

Vive Shower Chair with Back

Carex Bath Seat And Shower Chair With Back For Seniors

Elderly, Disabled, Handicap, and Injured Persons, Supports Up To 400lbs

B000AEGCUS

Carex Bath Seat And Shower Chair With Back For Seniors

Moen YG5424ORB Kingsley Grab Bar

24-Inch, Oil Rubbed Bronze
B001D1L27K

Moen YG5424ORB Kingsley Grab Bar

Delta 113425 18-Inch Victorian

Bath Hardware Accessory, Grab Bar, Venetian Bronze

B001DJU1J2

Delta 113425 18-Inch Victorian

Franklin Brass 5616

1-12-Inch x 16-Inch Concealed Mount Safety Bath and Shower Grab Bar, Stainless.

B0012QFGPA

Franklin Brass 5616

Moen R8736D3GBN

36-Inch Designer Bathroom Grab Bar, Brushed Nickel

B001EI0TQW

Moen R8736D3GBN

Medline Bathtub Safety Grab Bar

Handle Clamps on to Side of Bathtub Shower, Medical Tub Rail for Bathrooms is Great Elderly or After Surgery.

B0007VNZU4

Medline Bathtub Safety Grab Bar

Mommy's Helper Safe-er Grip Bath & Shower Handle

17-Inches (Pack of 2),17 Inches
B0177YE1KQ

Mommy's Helper Safe-er Grip Bath & Shower Handle

Carex Ultra Grip Shower Wall Grab Bar

16 Inches, Dual Locking Suction Cups, for Assistance Entering or Leaving Bath or Shower
B008XI368E

Carex Ultra Grip Shower Wall Grab Bar

AquaSense 3 Setting Handheld Shower Head

With Ultra-Long Stainless Steel Hose, White
B005IV0DAS

AquaSense 3 Setting Handheld Shower Head

AquaDance 3370 28 Drill-Free Stainless Steel Slide Bar Combo Rain Showerhead

6-Setting Hand Revolutionary Low 3-Way Diverter for Easy Reach, Dual Shower Head Spa System-Chrome Finish
B01MT3XKX6

AquaDance 3370 28 Drill-Free Stainless Steel Slide Bar Combo Rain Showerhead

PIH High Pressure RV Handheld Shower Head Unit

With Powerful Shower Spray w/Pause Setting, Multi-Functions, Bathroom Accessories w/ 59” Hose, Bracket, Hose Clock and Teflon Tape.
B0713MVT1M

PIH High Pressure RV Handheld Shower Head Unit

AmazonBasics Traditional Bathroom Accessories Set

3-Piece, Satin Nickel
B0775ZMBF4

AmazonBasics Traditional Bathroom Accessories Set

AmazonBasics Modern Bathroom Accessories Set

3-Piece, Oil-Rubbed Bronze
B0775YFBRC

AmazonBasics Modern Bathroom Accessories Set

Long Bending Sponge

B001F2Z5Y8

Long Bending Sponge

Zhehao 2 Pack Adjustable Shower Head Holder Bathroom Suction Cup Handheld Shower Head Holder

Height Shower Head Mounting Bracket Plastic ABS with Chrome Polished
B07H2X441L

Zhehao 2 Pack Adjustable Shower Head Holder Bathroom Suction Cup Handheld Shower Head Holder

AmazonBasics Non-Slip Memory Foam Bathmat

18” x 28”, Dark Brown
B014Q7KYPS

AmazonBasics Non-Slip Memory Foam Bathmat

S&X Bath Stickers Non Slip

Grit Sticker Slip-Resistant Baby Bathtub Shower Tattoos | Anti Slip Safety Strips Strong Adhesive Safety Sticker for Bathtub/Pools/Bathrooms/Staris (3″x3″)
B079P241KD

S&X Bath Stickers Non Slip

Zenna Home 35633SSP

NeverRust Aluminum Tension Curved Shower Curtain Rod, 50 to 72-Inch, Chrome
B00JVG5NMY

Zenna Home 35633SSP

SuperPole™

B0026IBSU0

SuperPole™

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