Bath Chairs – Sage Tips

Bath Chairs, Stools, Seats and Benches (portable)


#1 Sage Tip

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Measure the flat surface where the chair, stool, seat or bench will sit. As illustrated below, this is very important if the product will be used in a bathtub.

Full bath-chair

 
Learn more about this Sage Tip in the blog post: Top 5 Safety Tips for Buying a Portable Bath Chair

If you can’t measure the flat surface area, you may want to consider an alternative product categories such as transfer benches, bath boards or installed shower benches. To learn more why these products may or may not be a good alternative for you, read Bath Chairs, Stools and Seats – Right for you?

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SAFETY

Safety Topics for Bath Chairs/Stools

  • Fall Prevention
  • Right Size 
  • Hygiene
  • Multi-Gen /Use
  • Personal Safety

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Prevent Falls

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MEASURE THE FLAT SURFACE available for the chair and then select LEG WIDTH  less than the flat surface area.

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See more about fall prevention and home safety in the Buying Guide for the list of features below.  Each feature represents a choice in the Sage Bath Chair Selector.

  • Area of Use; Back and Rotation; Arms and Handles; Weight Capacity; Leg Width; Seat Measurements; Materials; Extras; Color; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Seniors with osteoporosis, arthritis or multiple sclerosis may be more prone to falls. If you have been prescribed a portable bath chair or stool and are unable to measure the flat surface where the chair or stool will sit, inform the prescribing healthcare professional.

 

Find More Help

Some Medicare Suppliers offer home visits. In our directory of Aging in Place Retailers you will find the telephone numbers of your local suppliers. If you are unable to take the necessary measurement, they may be able to help you. Also you can follow this link to find healthcare professionals who are Certified Aging in Place Specialists. Our search by location will allow you to see if there are any Aging in Place Specialists in your area.

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Right Size

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Do not use a product with insufficient weight capacity.  Having selected a safe leg width to prevent falls, consider whether you want a seat that is less than (more stable) or greater than the base leg width. 

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We have more Sage Tips to help you find a bath chair that will fit in the space that you have, and "fit" the person using the bathing chair.  See these headings in Bath Chair Buying Guide.

  • Area of Use; Weight Capacity; Seat Measurements
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Discuss all medical conditions with physical therapists and occupational therapists available to you for consultation. It is not uncommon for individuals with some chronic health issues to gain weight which leads to obesity. Plan purchases accordingly for home safety.

 

Find More Help

Any Medicare Supplier specializing in Home Health should have a number of choices in bath chairs offering higher weight capacity and larger seats - often referred to as bariatric. Help your elderly parents find their local Aging in Place Retailer in our directory to facilitate active living.

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Hygiene

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Consider options to prevent water from pooling on the seat - a natural breading ground for bacteria.

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Learn about options for hygiene in Bath Chair Buying Guide.  

  • Drainage; Materials
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Discuss hygiene issues with your doctor or other healthcare professionals . Do what you can to prevent infections from poor hygiene. Selecting a product with drainage features and cleaning the product after each use are positive steps in prevention. These activities can be difficult to get into the habit of after hospital discharge but are necessary for home safety.

 

Find More Help

An Aging in Place Retailer specializing in Home Health will have a selection of products with different drainage options for ease of use. Consult our directory for a retailer near you or your aging parents.

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Multi-Gen /Use

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A foldable bath chair can be a great option when a chair can be used by multiple users, or needs to be put away to accommodate multi-generational living.  Note: Unfolding a bath chair can be a falling risk for some people.

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Multi-generational homes are becoming more common - and often a bathroom has to be shared among family members from different generations.  In addition, bath safety products are often used or shared with other people when lent, given away or purchased used.  

However, take heed of our concerns about Fall Prevention and Hygiene in our Buying Guide.  Providing you are not sacrificing safety and hygiene, consider these features that provide flexibility when selecting a bath chair or stool.  

  • Area of Use; Drainage; Weight Capacity; Extras; Color
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Your family doctor should be made aware of your living conditions, including if you share a home with other generations (multigen). This is relevant for both Seniors and those caring for aging parents. For example, if you are the caregiver for your mother or father, your family doctor should know since this often creates additional stress that can effect your own health.

 

Find More Help

Some local Aging in Place Retailers offer product rental programs, or know of community organizations that offer this service. See our programs directory for help after hospital discharge and other resources for seniors.

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Personal Safety

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Consider where the chair will be positioned and whether a person can reach the water controls to avoid scalding.

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If you are starting to see signs of aging in your parents, check the temperature controls of their water heater.  Discuss with them whether they would be more comfortable if turned down. In addition to avoiding scalding, the energy bill should go down.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

One of the "little" signs of aging - such as increased sensitivity to hot and cold - is a good opportunity to ask your parents to open a dialogue with their family doctor. Many doctors know about local resources for Seniors, such as safety checks. If you are a family caregiver having difficulty discussing home safety with your aging parents, remember they are likely to trust and listen to their doctor.

 

Find More Help

Consider completing a safety check to ensure that your home is safe for aging in place. See our Learning Materials for other resources for seniors as well.

 

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COMFORT

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Take care not to sacrifice safety for comfort.  For example, padding is available for seats, arms and backs but padded materials require more cleaning to remain hygienic.

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At Sage in Home, we believe that comfort promotes use - and that use is very important, particularly for bath safety products. Learn more about Comfort when you are selecting a bath chair in our Buying Guide.

  • Back and Rotation; Arms and Handles; Drainage; Seat Measurements; Materials
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Muscle pain or 'tender points' for those with fibromyalgia can make sitting or holding onto something uncomfortable. A bath chair with a padded seat or arms can help for daily living. These comfort features can also help those who are bathing post surgery and have aches and pains after hospital discharge.

 

Find More Help

Some Medicare Suppliers offer home visits. In our directory of Aging in Place Retailers you will find the telephone numbers of your local suppliers. If you are unable to take the necessary measurement, they may be able to help you.

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EASE OF USE

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A handheld shower holder can significantly decrease the reaching required in taking a shower.

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If you are concerned about Ease of Use, please first review the Fall Prevention tips and other safety tips.

Also see Bath Chair Buying Guide for:

  • Area of Use; Back and Rotation; Arms and Handles

Note that opening a folding chair can create a risk of falling for some individuals.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

Persons with bursitis, tendinitis or even back pain can ask their physical therapist if a bath chair with a back, arms or handles would be helpful. Activities of daily living such as mobility can be a risk for aging parents that lack strength and balance.

 

Find More Help

Regularly check our listings of Aging in Place Events for help with independent living and home safety.