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Must-Have Shower Aids For The Disabled and Elderly

What are Shower Aids? 

The bathroom can become a difficult place to navigate for the elderly, disabled, and mobility restricted. However, with the help of various shower aids, these users are able to use the bathroom independently without compromising on safety.

Shower aids provide an extra level of comfort, safety, and usability to the bathroom, and allows users to navigate the bathroom with ease.

Below are some of the most valuable and useful shower aids that you could be missing in your bathroom.

Shower Chairs:  Shower chairs are self-explanatory. They allow users to remain seated while they use the shower. This aid can be particularly useful for users who may have sustained knee or leg injuries, or anyone who struggles to stand for prolonged periods of time.

Shower chairs are generally adjustable, meaning that the height can be changed to suit the needs of each individual user.

Another safety feature that shower chairs often have is a backrest. This is to ensure that the user can remain comfortable throughout use, but also means that they can lean, and are less prone to slipping off of the seat while using the shower.

Shower Stool: Shower stools are very similar to shower chairs, but often don’t come equipped with a backrest for users to lean on. However, many shower stools do come equipped with rotating seats – meaning that the user can easily move their bodies around the shower to access products or different angles of water flow.

There are also stylish options available on the market to ensure that users who are sharing a bathroom with non-vulnerable individuals can still enjoy the aesthetic of the bathroom space.

Grab Bars: Grab bars are wall-mounted safety accessories that can be installed anywhere that a user may require extra support. They provide something for a user to grip onto to prevent slips and falls that could result in serious injury for vulnerable individuals.

Grab bars are available in many different styles, and many have added functionalities that increase the usability of the safety aid. A simple grab bar has a concealed mount and is available in multiple finishes such as stainless steel and matte black.

LED grab bars are light up grab bars to ensure that the user can always see their aid, even in potential low lighting situations.

Disabled Shower Screens or Cubicles:  Disabled shower screens are a great aid for users who are able to do most things independently, but also need the option for someone else to help them bathe when necessary.

This aid allows unimpeded wheelchair access, and features a partially frameless door, allowing a carer or family member to reach in when necessary, without compromising the user’s self-esteem and integrity.

Anti-slip Mats: Anti-slip mats can be placed on the ground in the bathroom to prevent the slips and falls that could occur on slippery surfaces. It can often be unsafe for elderly or disabled individuals to use the bathroom independently as it’s a high-risk area due to the many slippery surfaces.

This aid is excellent to ensure that users can maintain their independence and self-esteem without compromising on safety.

Accessible Tapware: Hand shower sets are an excellent way for the elderly and disabled to adequately clean themselves in order to maintain their independence. Hand shower sets allow the user to bring the shower nozzle off of the wall, and towards any areas of the body that may be hard to reach and clean without assistance.

Some hand shower sets are also mounted with a vertical grab bar in the shower, providing even more support to those who may struggle to bathe independently.

What Shower Aid is Right For You?

There are multitudes of shower aids available to purchase, the right product for any user is entirely dependent upon their needs. It is essential to evaluate what your user needs, how long they’ll need the aid for, whether their condition is likely to change drastically over time, and how the aids you choose will be able to interact with one another. 

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