5 Ways A Shower Chair Takes Pressure Off Family Members
Manual transfers are reduced – and so does the risk
Manual transfers also extend to moving between the shower and the toilet. When mobility is reduced, family members may need to assist their loved one with getting onto a raised toilet seat. While possible, carrying a slippery person onto a toilet seat isn’t easy. By having equipment that allows the user to remain seated (and fastened with safety belts), this risk is greatly mitigated.
And before even entering the bathroom, a full mobility system can enable family members to transfer their loved one from a bed or couch in a dry, safe environment, and remain seated when entering the bathroom and conducting bathing and toileting activities. This is one of the benefits of the transfer range.
Saves time in the bathroom
Finding time back in the day is something that any family who navigates a mobility challenge will appreciate. Helping our loved ones demands a tight schedule and it can be hard to find the time to do other things on some days. Any assistive technology that can create more time is worth investigating. A good shower chair is a great example of this.
The shower chair will help the morning (or evening) bathroom routine flow a lot easier.
Allows mobility impaired users to bathe themselves
In our engagement with families who have a disabled family member, one of the prevailing themes we hear is the desire for empowering their loved one to be more independent in their daily lives.
For some families, this independence actually makes the bathroom routine largely hands off, putting less physical demand on the family member who may be better to use that energy for other tasks around the home.
The chair may be able to be modified to suit the user’s needs
More family members can help out
Share your bathroom mobility story
Has your family seen the benefits of good shower mobility equipment? Or are you interested in learning more about making your situation easier? Get in touch and share your story.
Enjoyed this article? You may be interested in these resources online:
- Parenting under pressure: stress and the SEN parent – SEN
- Caregiver Stress and Burnout – HelpGuide
- A Guide for Carers – Ministry of Social Development NZ
The information in this article is intended as general information only and is not a replacement for official health guidance by your local medical providers. Please always consult an occupational therapist and/or local healthcare for more specific guidance.