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How to Gain Independence with a Bath Seat

How to Gain Independence With a Bath Seat

Product: ComfortAble Deluxe Bath/ Shower Chair With Armrests

Price: $147.11

Size: Dimensions: Overall 20.5 “W x 22.5” W. Seat height adjusts from 16.5 “to 20.5”. Width between the armrests: 20 “Seat area 15.75” W x 13 “D Weight capacity: 300 lbs.

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Warranty: Life time warranty

Rating: 9 out of 10

Introduction

Taking a shower can be a difficult — and potentially dangerous — experience for someone with chronic back pain.

A Woman in a Towel Slips in The Bathroom
Slipping in The Bathroom

Consider this account of a back pain sufferer named Val.

Val’s morning routine is determined by a balance between her need to have someone in the house while she has a shower or bath, and the routines of her family… for Val the unpredictable nature of her pain means that, although she is able to bathe alone, she only does so when one of her family is in the house, getting up at 5.30 in the morning in order to do so. (1)

Control Over Time and Activities

Perhaps you are in a situation similar to Val. Picture  for a moment what it would be like if you weren’t  compelled to wake up early in the morning, interfering with your need to get enough sleep, just so you can take a shower. Imagine how you’d feel if taking a shower when you wanted to wasn’t an issue anymore. You could wake up as late as you wanted to and catch up on your sleep.  Imagine  removing the need for the presence of a family member to be in the house while you are taking a shower and thus giving  you more control over your  time and activities. Just picture how joyous life would be if you took the trauma  out of showering. The good news is that dreaming about independent living isn’t just a fantasy – it CAN happen.

And all you have to do to gain more independence in your own house is to make sure that you can safely  engage in such activities  as taking a shower without the need for some one to be in the house.

Here’s how…

You Can Buy a Bath Seat

A place to rest inside the shower can provide relief for someone suffering from chronic widespread pain.

Shower Chair, Bath Chair, Padded with Armrests by Platinum Health is the perfect bathroom aid for people with diminished and/or painful mobility issues.

A Woman Using a Bath Seat
Using a Bath Seat

Platinum Health’s “Shower Chair, Bath Chair, Padded with Arms” is the only transfer bench that incorporates a padded seat base, backrest and swivel armrests for ultimate safety and comfort.

In addition, the swivel seat eliminates the need to protrude into the bathroom like many older, non-swivel models. The soft padding prevents tearing of the skin and provides a warmer feel to the skin than standard models. Surfaces are easy to clean and disinfect. The quick, tool-less height adjustment function allows for perfect integration into virtually any bathtub on the market. The frame is made of rustproof aluminum for years of reliable use.

The comfortable bath/shower bench is the latest addition to Platinum Health’s line of premium bathroom safety products. Designed for users who value quality, safety, comfort and convenience over price, the Comfortable is the perfect choice for users and caregivers who need a high-end bath and shower chair.

Getting Away From Cold Plastic Seat Surfaces

When you have back pain the last thing you want to do is add more stress to your spine by sitting on a hard surface.

Unlike the former rigid and cold plastic seat surfaces, the Comfortable is equipped with a seat surface, backrest and armrests of the highest quality, padded and easy to clean.

How About us Big Guys?

The adjustable seat height allows the bench to safely accommodate any user.  That means even big guys weighing up to 300 pounds can use this chair.

You Won’t be Blinded by The White

The key components are blue to better visually identify by user, unlike the old white / gray chairs that blend into the background.

Contrasting colors are particularly beneficial for dementia and visually impaired users to help prevent slips, trips, and falls; the leading cause of injury death among people over 65 years of age.

Hate Rust? No Problem

The sturdy medical grade aluminum frame will never rust. Platinum Health Products are commercial grade and guaranteed for life. They are used in hospitals, homes for the elderly and home care facilities around the world. Order this first class chair today to make bathing and showering easier, safer and more comfortable than ever before.

Features and Benefits

  • PADDED SEAT AND ARMRESTS Provide Comfortable, Warm-to-the-Touch Seating and Minimizes the Risk of Skin Tears and Subsequent Infections. Armrests prevent falls and assist in entering and exiting the chair.
  • SAFER, CLEANER DESIGN- Modern 2016 blue/silver design. Main Components are BLUE to better VISUALLY CUE the user, unlike old style white/gray chairs that blend into the backgound. Especially Helpful for Dementia and Visually Impaired Users to Help Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls; the Leading Cause of Death by Injury in People Over 65.
  • HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE Seat allows the Chair to be Custom Fitted to the user for Optimal Safety and Comfort

Pros

  • Medical Grade Aluminum Frame Will Never Rust.
  • Institutional Quality for Reliability, Durability and Safety.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Easy To Clean Polyurethane Padding Will never Absorb Water
  • Softer Surface Prevents Users From Slipping and Sliding

Cons

  • Thin people might find the chair too roomy. It may not work well for them.

Conclusion

This shower chair has  helped a lot of pain sufferers stay independent when they are  alone at home. Before buying this shower bath, a friend of mine found it  very difficult to go to the bath because of his back injuries. But because he has  the shower chair, he feels comfortable going to the shower, even when he is alone at home.

It is easily assembled. Very robust and comfortable, Cheerful color, light enough to lift and get out of the shower, he was so surprised to see how nice it was. It can also be used by people who are older and find it very difficult to go to the shower alone. The chair is fantastic, not hard and does not hurt you. It’s well built and very easy to assemble. This shower chair is highly recommended for people who want to be independent by going to the shower.

My friend feels much safer now because he does not have to worry about falling while trying to get in the tub. Stop the trauma of taking a shower. Get the shower seat here

As always, ask the advice of your doctor before changing any health routine.

 

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References

1. Richardson, Jane C., et al. “Experiencing and controlling time in everyday life with chronic widespread pain: a qualitative study.” BMC Musculoskeletal Dis orders,vol. 9, 2008, p.3.

15 thoughts on “How to Gain Independence with a Bath Seat

  1. This is a very helpful post as it addresses a serious issue effecting almost everyone. We all have elderly parents that at one time or other will have mobility issues when it comes to safely taking a shower. A bath seat seems like a great solution. That said, are there elderly people who should not use a bath seat?

    1. That’s a great question, Rose.

      Generally, If a senior has difficulty stepping into or out of a bathtub or shower, they may require more support for this transfer than can be provided with a bath chair.
      They may need a bathroom product for the elderly such as a shower board, shower bench, or bathtub lift. They may also benefit from bathroom grab bars. Everything dependence on just how bad their balance is and how much help they need to regain stability.

  2. I think this post is a great reminder that most accidents at home happen in the bathroom. I think a bath seat is an effective way of giving people with mobility issues the confidence to stay in their own home. I have used a bath seat for my elderly mom who always dreaded taking a shower because she feared she may fall. Another good potion to make the bath room more safe it the shower grab bar. Having something to hold onto while taking a shower not only helps with balance, but it also alleviates some of the pressure that standing can put on the back. What other options are you aware off to ensure safety in the bath room for people with mobility issues?

    1. Hi Penelope,
      Thanks for your question. Here are two suggestions that often work well with a bath seat.
      Hand-held shower head. A shower that’s equipped with a chair is made even more convenient when there’s a hand-held shower head. With both of these items, a person with chronic back pain can perform almost the entire shower from a seated position.
      Slip-proof mat. Even with the added comfort of a grab bar and chair, chronic back pain sufferers often feel unsteady on their feet. For this reason, it is important to line the tub with a slip-proof mat in order to prevent a fall.

  3. When my mother still lived at home with very bad back pain, we used a bath seat to make it easier for her to take a shower. It worked great because there was no worry about her slipping and falling. You just sit the person in the chair and it lowers them into a bathing position in the tub. Before that she was anxious about taking a shower. I command you for this really useful post. It’s a shame that more and more people, between chronic pain and old age, feel unsafe in their homes and yet want independence. I think it’s humiliating for them to have to ask for help with something as intimate as taking a bath. With the bath seat, that stigma goes away because they can bathe themselves.

    I know my mom appreciated having more control when it came to bathing.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      A bathtub chair can make all the difference for preventing falls for the elderly. I think this is important in giving elderly and chronic pain sufferers a sense of independence and control when it comes to bathing issues at home.They are helpful for people that tire easily and need to sit down frequently.
      They are also necessary for people that have issues with balance, leg strength and cannot stand for long. Overall, I think they provide a great relief and service for mobility challenged seniors and pain sufferers. I’m glad that the bath seat was able to help your mom.

    2. Hi Jennifer,
      I couldn’t agree with you more about the need to restore dignity to the elderly or chronic pain sufferer who wishes to live an independent life, especially when it comes to such issues, as you point out,as bathing. I think a bath seat goes a long way in not only providing a safer bathroom but also gives back a sense of control. Not only control of body but also control of time. Having a bath seat allows a person to bathe anytime they wish without the need for someone to be in the house. They don’t have to adjust their schedule to meet others time table. I think this is a big psychological high. A big dose of self-esteem.

  4. What an ingenious design! Is this your idea? If so congrats. I could not even imagine having to depend on someone to be present during my bath time. And I am sure it certainly is an inconvenience for the person who has to show up, especially if it were 5:00 in the morning!! I really like the idea of padded armrests and seat, and the fact that the height is adjustable. Quite a few pros and only one con…I like that. I would be comfortable using this product. I may even consider the purchase of one for my elderly mother

    1. Hi Mike,

      No it’s not my design, but I’m a caregiver  for a mother who sufferers from chronic pain. I have become aware of the need for pain sufferers to have more control over their  home. I think this is important in helping them feel that they are not prisoners to their  pain. Also, I have a friend whose elderly mother  dreaded taking a shower because she feared falling. However after getting a shower chair the fear was gone, and now she enjoys her daily showers. This story  and my own experience with my mom inspired me to find out about the shower chair. If you purchase the shower chair, let me know how it goes. Feedback from readers such as yourself can only help others. 

      Best,

      Thabo

  5. Hi Thabo,
    You have an important site. You tell people how to make their lives easier and even offer to sell them the devices that could help.
    Janice

    1. Hi Janice,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, telling people how to make their lives easier is the mission of my website.

  6. I can really see this bath seat coming in handy for one of my family members with chronic back pain. I also like how it is easy to clean and is very water-resistant as well. Feeling safe in the shower is very important for a healthy well-being. I will recommend your website to my family members. Thank you for sharing your post.

    1. Hi Ciara,

      Thanks so much for your feedback.  Indeed, feeling safe  in the shower is,  as  you  said,  is very important for a healthy well-being. I am becoming more aware as a caregiver for a mom suffering  from back pain of the emotional boast that having more control over your environment, especially home, can give you. 

  7. Hello Thabo,
    This is a very interesting and helpful article, This chair would be a big help for my mother which suffers from back pain many years now. I think she will find much easier and comfortable to have a shower with the help of this bath seat.
    I think I will let her give it a try and I will let you know.
    Thanks again for sharing and I will ask you something. This bath chair is easy to put it in your shower cabin and take it off after if needed?
    Have a good day
    Cristina

    1. Hi Christina,
      It’s easy to remove the back of the chair and convert it to just a stool for easier storage if need be, and then to reattach the back when using again. It’s also very easy to clean and has polyurethane padding that never absorbs water, so it won’t slide on you. Overall, most users who have gotten the chair for their parents seemed pleased with it. Thanks for checking the post. I wish your mom well.

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