Bath Chairs – Health & Lifestyle Icons

Health & Lifestyle

Bath Chairs - Health & Lifestyle Icons


Chair with Back

Chair with Back

Chair with Back and Arms

Back and Arms

Chair with Back and Handles

Back and Handles

Rotating Stool

Stool with Rotation

Stool with Handles

Stool with Handles

Stool with Arms

Stool with Arms

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Mobility

Mobility

Mobility concerns? We suggest that you read the Sage Tips for Fall Prevention and carefully consider the feature choices listed below:

 

  • Area of Use; Back and Rotation; Arms and Handles; Legs; Seats; Materials; Extras; Assembly
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Persons with mobility issues stemming from obesity, osteoporosis, bursitis or back pain can benefit from using a bath chair. Inquire if you have access to an occupational therapist to help you decide about safety concerns and product features in a bathing chair.

 

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Post surgery or hospital discharge often results in reduced mobility. A local Medicare Supplier has training to help you match product features with individual needs for independent living for your aging parents.

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Arms and Hands

Arms & Hands

Consider where your hands and arms will be positioned as you sit down on and get up from a chair.  Never place all weight on one side of a chair as the chair may tip.

To minimize the risk of tipping compare the seat width with the leg width.  If the seat is wider than the legs, the risk of tipping is greater.

  • Area of Use; Back and Rotation; Arms and Handles; Legs; Materials; Extras; Assembly
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People with fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or parkinsons disease may have limited use of their limbs and find bathroom safety upgrades useful. Discuss with your physical therapist if a bath chair is right for you or your older parents.

 

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If you want to sit in a chair before purchasing, we suggest finding a local Medicare Supplier that sells daily living aids. Unlike most large chain stores, they should have three choices (good, better, best) for you or your elderly parents to try.

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visionVision

Remember, we take our GLASSES OFF when we take a shower, either in a bathtub or shower enclosure!

Consider colors, shapes (e.g. a back on a chair) and additional aids (grab bars) that will be effective without glasses on!

 

  • Area of Use; Back and Rotation; Arms and Handles; Legs; Extras; Color; Assembly
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Helping your parent? Ask the vision specialist about your mom or dad's ability to see objects. That is the level of vision to use when planning bathroom safety for ease of use.
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Thinking that an upgrade isn't enough and a remodel or renovation is in order for home safety and independent living? Consult with an Aging in Place professional. Performing a safety check (see our resources for seniors in Learning Materials) is also a good idea when planing for aging at home.

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hearingHearing

What if your parent hears the doorbell or telephone while using the bath chair?  Would they be able to get up safely from bathing?

Look for the Fall Prevention tips to help.

 

  • Area of Use;
Ask your Healthcare Professional

As a family caregiver, if you notice that your older parents are hard of hearing consult a professional. Listening is important for active living. A bath chair is one of the many daily living products that can assist in caring for aging parents.
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Hearing is one of the signs of aging that can make independent living difficult. Want some help in considering how a hearing issue should influence the design of a house? Consult an Aging in Place designer or architect.

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memoryMemory

It may not seem realistic to expect a person with memory issues from alzheimers or dementia to assemble a new chair or remember to clean the chair after each use.  Also anticipate the need to repeat explanations of new safety routines.

 

  • Drainage; Assembly;
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The home environment is very important for people with alzheimers, dementia or fibromyalgia ('fibro fog' is a memory related symptom). Victims of a stroke that are discharged from the hospital can also have memory issues. Implement safety upgrades for activities of daily living early in consultation with physical therapists or other healthcare professionals.
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Our listings of Aging in Place Events have seminars and meetings that can help with the transitions that come with aging (such as coping with memory loss). Check in regularly to see updated resources for seniors.

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grandkidsGrandkids

Want to help bathe a small grandchild in your home.  Consider an adjustable height bath chair so that you can sit outside the tub at a comfortable height.

 

 

  • Area of Use; Extras;
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Aging parents or their occupation therapists should consider how an item such as a bath chair might be used by a smaller child in the home. See our Sage Tips for more information on multigen living for home safety
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Thinking of a home renovation to accommodate visits by grandchildren? An Aging in Place remodeler will help you plan so family members of all ages (multigen) can use the home.

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greenGreen

Wooden benches, mostly teak, are available (see FRAME MATERIALS) although some are appropriate for SHOWER ONLY.

Be sure that wood products have the anti-slip features you require. 

 

  • Legs; Materials
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Do you want to be eco-friendly when you remodel your home? Many Aging in Place renovators have credentials in green building practices.

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visitorsVisitors

Buying a bathing stool that will be used primarily by visitors? Consider a folding chair (see Extras in Marketplace) that you can store when not needed.

 

 

  • Area of Use; Extras;
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If incontinence is an issue, an occupational therapist can help you find a bath chair with features for hygiene. This may be more appealing to those who have regular visitors in their bathroom.
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An Aging in Place professional can help you plan a home for the primary users as well as visitors..

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Pets

An ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT chair would enable many pet owners to be closer to their pets and reach less while bathing their pet.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

Living with pets can be difficult for those with vision or hearing issues. Talk to a healthcare professional about independent living with pets.