1. Measure the flat surface
Our #1 Safety Tip for buying a portable bath chair, stool or seat is to MEASURE the flat surface where the chair will be used. Once you have that measurement, select a chair with a leg width that is less than the measurement.
2. A Safe Fit takes the person into account
Advising your patients to select a bath chair or seat that “fits” for safety is important. Specifically, customers should always buy products that have a weight capacity in excess of the individual’s current weight. Also, both large and small people are more likely to use a chair or stool if the seat height as well as seat width and depth are comfortable.
3. Hygiene – often overlooked
To the right, we show the feature choices relating to Hygiene and Cleaning available in the marketplace today.
Hygiene is an often overlooked when making a decision about which bathing chair to buy.
Note: Drainage holes are not available for padded chairs, where you should consider a split seat.
4. Visitors and MultiGen
Does your client or patent expect grandchildren to visit? Consider advising them to buy a foldable product.
Foldable bathing chairs are available in may options such as bath chairs (with backs), bath chairs with arms, bath stools and bath seats.
Foldable chairs can be stored in a closet in the home when the grandchildren arrive, and once the bath chair is no longer required. In a caregiver’s home, suggest placing the chair (unfolded) in the bathroom that an elderly relative will use when they visit.
Also, an adjustable height is a good idea if the bath chair, bath stool or bath seat may be used by more than one person now or in the future. Note: Some people prefer the feeling of security from a properly selected fixed height chair.
5. Assembly – not for everyone!
Sudden hospital discharges and long distances between family members mean that some people have to go home after hospital, and prepare the home for safe use, on their own. Ordering products on-line, perhaps while in hospital, can be a great convenience but these products typically require some assembly.
Read the assembly requirements online before buying.
Looking for more help and convenience? Many local retailers sell bath chairs, bath stools and bath seats assembled, or can provide or arrange for assistance.
Like to read more tips? Take a look at the Bath Chair Guide or start selecting and see embedded, customized tips in the summary for each product.