A folding shower chair can be great for improving safety in the bathroom for the elderly.
Who Should Use?
Elderly who become easily fatigued or have difficulty maintaining balance for an extended period of time.
Who Should NOT Use?
Elderly with extremely poor mobility or very poor balance. Severe mobility or balance issues can make the process of folding the shower chair up and down (or folding it up and putting it away) unsafe.
Also, if an elderly person has difficulty stepping into or out of bathtub, they may need a way to access the bathtub in sitting.
Folding shower stools can be:
- Padded: for the elderly with fragile skin
- Used for travel (only the non-permanent version)
- Some have a cut out to hold a hand held shower head
- Some have arms (both the permanent and non-permanent version can come with arms)
The permanently installed folding shower stool may have feet underneath when it folds up or down.
The portable folding shower stool should have rubber tipped ends or suction cups to decrease risk of slipping.
How to Fit
Generally, folding shower chairs of both types should be set up for the elderly person’ knees to be at around 90 degrees or a bit higher with their feet flat on the floor with no shoes on.
If getting up and down from this height is difficult the installation may have to be slightly higher or the height should be moved up slightly on portable models.
Bathroom grab bars may also be helpful.
Weight Capacity: Weight capacity must be considered to make sure you have chosen the right folding chair for your loved one.
How to Use
Portable Folding Shower Chair
The portable folding shower stool will be placed in the bathtub or shower and the elderly person will sit on it while showering.
It is usually pointed towards the taps and should be placed so there is enough room for your aging parent to get into and out of the bathtub or shower easily.
Permanently Installed Folding Shower Chair
This folding shower stool is installed permanently. Either the senior or a caregiver can fold it down prior to moving into the bathtub or shower.
This shower or tub seat should be installed to allow the elderly person enough room to get into the tub or shower without squeezing around the folding seat.
If the senior’s strength and balance is good enough, they can access the tub or shower first before flipping the seat down.