Installed Shower Bench Buying Tips

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Installed Shower Benches


Fold Down Installed Shower Bench

Fold Down Installed Shower Bench

Semi Circle Installed Shower Bench

Semi Circle Installed Shower Bench

L Shape Installed Shower Bench

L Shape Installed Shower Bench

Adjustable Height Bench with Legs

Installed Shower Bench with Legs

Hanging Bench (Ponte Giulio G02JDSI201)

Hanging Installed Shower Bench

Installed Shower Chair with Arms

Installed Shower Chair with Arms

This Sage Guide has tips about Safety, Comfort and Ease of Use.  There is a navigation bar on the left with helpful links below. For tips about making a feature choice, go to the Buying Guide (tab above).

#1 Sage Tip

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The space available for an installed shower bench should be your first consideration.  Test with a chair or portable bench for safe and easy use.

Use left menu or scroll down for more Sage Tips, Helpful Links and Blog Posts.

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Safety topics

Safety Topics for Bath Chairs and Stools

  • Fall Prevention
  • Size 
  • Hygiene
  • Multi- Generational and Multi-Users
  • Installation
  • Scalding

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Fall Prevention

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Proper installation is the priority for fall prevention.

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See more about fall prevention and home safety in the Buying Tips for the list of features below.  

  • Type of Bench; Shape of Bench; Drainage; Weight Capacity; Seat Measurements; Materials; Extras; Color; Brands; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

A Senior planning a home renovation, should consult with their healthcare professional in advance to ensure that home health related needs that are likely to arise in the next ten to fifteen years are taken into account. If your mom or dad has multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, arthritis or osteoporosis a shower bench can improve bathroom safety when bathing.

Find More Help

A Certified Aging in Place Specialist who is a builder, re-modeller or contractor is qualified to install a shower bench safely AND will be sensitive to how your needs may change in the future. In a bathroom, for example, they can help you plan the placement of electrical outlets so that they will be easy to reach. Our search by location will allow you to see if there are any Aging in Place Specialists in your area.

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Size

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First consider the space where the product will fit in the home, then determine if needs due to the user's size be met.

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We have more Sage Tips to help you find an Installed Shower Bench that will fit in the space that you have, and "fit" the person using the bench.  See these headings in Installed Shower Chair Feature Tips.

  • Type of Bench; Shape of Bench; Weight Capacity; Seat Measurements; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Discuss all medical conditions with healthcare professionals available to you for consultation when you are planning a renovation. It is not uncommon for individuals with some chronic health issues such as diabetes to gain weight (Obesity). Plan purchases accordingly.

Find More Help

Bariatric (high weight capacity) products can be difficult to purchase locally. A contractor, designer or consultant that is an Aging in Place Specialist is likely to know local suppliers. However, you can save time by doing your research here first.

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Hygiene

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Water will pool on a transfer bench making cleaning a "need to do".  Drainage options are available to meet a wide range of needs.

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Learn about options for hygiene in Installed Shower Bench Buying Tips.  

  • Drainage; Materials; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Discuss hygiene issues with your doctor or other healthcare professionals. Then, select an installed shower bench with recommended drainage features. If you are the family caregiver and your mom or dad has back pain, multiple sclerosis or dexterity issues, help them clean the product regularly.

Find More Help

A retailer specializing in Home Health may have a selection of installed shower benches. They may also have connections to local contractors, remodelers, designers, consultants and other resources for seniors that can help you plan a renovation.

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Multi-Gen & Multi-Users

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A folding bench is a great idea for a bathroom that will be shared amongst those who will use the bench and others.

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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 Tips.  Providing you are not sacrificing safety and hygiene, consider these features that provide flexibility when selecting an Installed Shower Bench.  

  • Type of Bench; Shape of Bench; Drainage; Color; Marketplace
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 family caregivers for bathroom safety. For example, if you are caring for aging parents, your family doctor should know since this often creates additional stress that can effect your own health.

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Some contractors and designers have extensive experience in Multi-generational living.  To find this expertise, start with our directory of Aging in Place Professionals.  

In addition you may want to consult an Aging in Place Retailer. Some of these local businesses are in Aging in Place Networks, oriented to help you create a safe and comfortable home for independent living.

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Installation

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Proper installation is key to safety.  We have the installation instructions for most benches.

Note: You can access the manufacturer's installation and use instructions for each Installed Shower Bench. You can access these instructions when you review the product details of a specific selection.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

We suggest an Aging in Place re-modeller or contractor for persons with fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis that may not be comfortable installing an aging at home product on their own. In our directory of Aging in Place Professionals, you will find the telephone numbers of qualified local help in your neighborhood, or the area where your aging parents live.

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Individuals may need some ease of use products for bathroom safety post surgery. Speak with an occupational therapist to see which home health products need to be installed ready for hospital discharge.

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Scalding

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Consider whether the user will be sitting when the shower is turned on.  If so, the temperature of the water needs to be set properly.

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. 

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Comfort

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First, make  choices for safety.  Then consider the choice for comfort since comfort promotes use.

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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 an Installed Shower Bench in our Buying Tips.

  • Drainage; Seat Measurements; Materials; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Your mom or dad should appreciate efforts to make aging in place more comfortable for them. A shower bench is a product that can make daily living easier for seniors.

Find More Help

Looking for some design assistance in a renovation project for a Senior. A designer who is also an Aging in Place Professional can help you make a better decision about safety, health-related concerns and "look" that you are hoping to achieve. In our directory, you can find the contact details of local designers using our map search.

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Ease of Use

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Consider the space available and the ability to safety and easily maneuver into sitting position on the bench.

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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 Installed Shower Bench Buying Tips for:

  • Type of Bench; Seat Measurements; Materials; Marketplace

Note that opening a folding Installed Shower Bench can create a risk of falling for some individuals.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

Bathing is one of the activities of daily living that can be made easier by a shower bench, especially for those with memory issues stemming from Alzheimer's, dementia or a stroke.

Find More Help

Some Aging in Place Retailers 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 measurements and plan where the installed shower bench should be placed, they may be able to help you or your aging parents.

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