Chair is fitted with anti-slip ferrules for increased stability and security
Integral arm supports for added comfort
Comfortable and durable moulded plastic seat with drainage holes and supportive back
Strength and stability are an important part of any shower seat, as it will be something that probably has a lot of use over time. This is where theERN Shower Seat is ideal with its high strength and durability in wet environments.
The seat can be easily adjusted to 6 different height settings to accommodate the different size user, and has a maximum weight of 200kg.
It is both lightweight and comfortable with easily adjustable leg supports, this shower seat is easy to clean and store away when not in use.
Shower seats & chairs (without arm support)
If you have good sitting balance and don’t tire easily then you could easily manage a shower seat without back support as well as without arms.
They tend to be a little more compact taking up less space in the shower, and are better suited for people with limited space available.
It also provides easy access in and out of the shower, particularly useful for someone who has reduced strength or poor co-ordination.
The seat is height adjustable in 2cm increments with a simple push button operation, and can easily be removed for cleaning.
Another simple shower seat is theDays Height Adjustable Perching Shower Stoolwhich is both strong and durable.
It has non-marking slip resistant rubber feet for good stability, and the slight incline of the seat lowered at the front makes it easier to transfer on and off it.
Folding Shower seats and chairs
When space is an issue, or perhaps other household members also use the shower, then you might want to consider trying a folding shower seat.
Lightweight and compact, they can be left either in the shower when not in use, or in the bathroom for easy access.
Also, they can be easily folded away for storage, or if needed when travelling, or on holiday.
TheAidapt Shower Stoolhas a concave textured plastic seat offering good support when sat on, and even with its lightweight aluminium frame is able to accommodate a user weight of 136kg (21 Stones).
For extra support the stool has integral hand support to steady yourself, and 8 adjustable height settings.
If you want a portable, compact folding shower seat but also need back support then you could trythisLightweight folding shower seat chair with backrest It has drainage holes in the bath seat to reduce the chance of slipping, and a durable corrosion proof frame.
Wheeled Shower seats & chairs
Wheeled shower seats are suitable for someone who has a walk in shower or wet room. They are often used by a person with restricted or poor mobility.
Who might need this type of seat ?
Someone who has poor mobility and has reduced strength / balance or co-ordination when walking
Someone who has difficulty or unable to manage stepping in / out of their existing shower (they have adapted their shower to a wet room)
Someone who needs a secure seat with adequate back and arm support
Things to consider when buying a Wheeled Shower Seat or Chair
Correct Support – Does the seat have adequate support when in use. Arm, back and on some seats headrest helps a person’s stability and support when washing.
Stability – Check that the seat has lockable swivel castor wheels on it for extra support when in use, and increase user safety.
Space – The dimensions of the chair are important. Consider the space available to you – width of doorways and access in and out of the bathroom.
Weight– Check the products maximum user weight capacity as many have different restrictions. Also, check the weight of the chair as very often a family member or carer will be pushing the chair – you may need a lightweight version to manoeuvre easily.
Storage– Some shower seats have storage pockets to allow toiletries, such as shampoo or soap to be accessed easily.
Durability – The construction of the wheeled seat is very important. Ideally aluminium is a good choice as it is not only lightweight, but also rust and corrosion free.
Comfort – Padded comfortable cushion support is useful, particularly for people with pressure sores, or arthritic pain.
Combined with Commode – Do you need a basic wheeled seat or is an integrated commode chair a better option. Many of the wheeled shower chairs double up as commode chairs, which saves the expense of buying a separate fixed or glide about commode.
Footrests – Do you require integrated foot plates – many are height adjustable and also detachable.
Wall mounted Shower seats & chairs
If you are looking for a permanent fixture in your shower or wet room, then wall mounted shower seats for the elderly are ideal.
When not in use it can easily be folded away, and is particularly useful if other household members also use the shower.
There are many different styles and designs available to choose from, so here are some important things to consider before purchasing one –
Wooden or plastic – which is your preferred choice ?
Do you want it to match with your existing colour scheme / design in bathroom ?
Do you need arm support when sat or can you manage without any ?
Do you want added leg support ?
Comfort and support – do you need padded arm rests, back or seat cushioning when sat ?
Check the maximum user weight
Do you need a flat or curved seat ?
Benefits of using a Wall Mounted Shower seat or chair
Easy to fit and unobtrusive – useful if space is a limiting factor
Adjustable leg height – this allows the seat to be positioned either level, with a slight incline, or recline as required
Ideal if you have an uneven floor surface
Easily fitted to any type of wall construction
Bariatric Shower Seats & Chairs
For many heavier or bariatric users, there are also a large comprehensive range of showering seats available to help you, where style and functionality has not been compromised. Here are some of the popular choices available –
It has side arms and comfortable back support, and is able to accommodate a maximum user weight of 254kg (40 Stones).
Also in the Aidapt Portland range is theBariatric Adjustable Shower Stoolwhich is wider to accommodate bariatric use. In addition to the easy removeable clip on / clip off perforated top which helps you easily clean the stool, it has good solid side arm support.