Top 5 Safety Tips for buying a portable bath chair

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.

Measure the flat surface where the chair will be used

Measure the flat surface where the chair will be used

 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.

For more on comfort, read Comfort Promotes Use – Bath Chairs.  For a list of all features that are important for safety, the Bath Chair Guide.

hygiene and cleaning of shower chairs

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.

Scalding is a risk in the bathroom

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.

Ann brings the passion of a family caregiver to Sage in Home, having helped both her mother and mother-in-law renovate their homes for safety, comfort and ease of use. She is a “Sandgen” mother, caring for two children and providing support to older family members while working. Prior to becoming CEO of Sage in Home, she worked in the financial services industry for over twenty five years.

Her entrepreneurial spirit and vision helped to shape Sage in Home. She is a Certified Age in Place Specialist (CAPS), studied Universal Design and has been a guest speaker at Aging in America. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce. In the past, she was President of the board of a children's enhanced learning program and Treasurer and board member of both the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Word on the Street.

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