Shower Chairs/Benches for Patient Independence and Safety
Providing shower chairs and benches for patients helps reduce injuries in one of the most common places for them to occur. A wet shower stall and a patient with limited mobility are a mixture that can cause serious falls. The shower chair or bench allows workers to make transfers from wheelchairs while reducing the fall risk. Ambulatory patients can use the seat to reduce shower falls if they suffer from dizziness.
Shower chairs and benches are made from water-resistant materials including plastic and aluminum, eliminating problems such as rust, mold growth and rot. These waterproof materials allow employees to disinfect the chair or bench between patients, reducing the transmission of pathogens. For a higher-end look, consider benches or chairs with seats made from naturally water-resistant materials such as bamboo or teak. The natural materials give the shower a spa-like look that helps reduce the institutional feel of health care facilities while providing the same safety features as plastic and aluminum benches.
When your employees spend their day transferring patients, some who are unable to assist the worker with the transfer, the last thing they need is to move heavy furniture. The manufacturers use lightweight materials to construct these portable chairs, and they are easy to move from one shower to another so patient transfers are easier. Manufacturers design the chairs to provide adequate support for most patients, but employees should verify weight limits before using the chair.
Adjustable for Each Patient
These benches adjust to the correct height for the patient using simple mechanisms that lock the legs into place. Adjust the height to match the wheelchair for worry-free transfers. Set the leg height so the feet of shorter patients touch the floor for improved balance. Patients who have difficulty rising from a seated position often benefit from a higher seat height. Some units have removable arms and backs, making customization that meets the user's specific needs easier. Most allow these adjustments without requiring the use of any tools.
Nonslip Rubber Feet
The rubber feet on the shower chairs and benches grip the slippery tub or shower floor so the unit does not move when in use. The rubber provides padding that prevents scratches to the shower surface. Like rubber duckies and the rest of the shower bench, these feet are waterproof and easy to maintain.
Folding and Portable Options
While most shower benches or chairs are portable and easy to remove from the shower, some attach to the wall and fold for out-of-the-way storage when not in use. Some of the portable benches also fold so they require less space and provide more room for patients who do not require a seat while showering. With portable units, employees have the option of carrying a bench as they work their way down a wing to assist patients with showers in their own private bathrooms, eliminating the cost of providing a separate seat for each room.