6 Things You Want To Avoid With Any Bathroom Mobility Equipment
In this article we will talk about half a dozen of the most common issues with some bathroom mobility equipment that you’ll want to avoid. When we talk about bathroom mobility equipment we’re referring to solutions designed to make bathing, toileting and washing up easier for disabled users.
1. Poor quality frame
The frame also needs to accommodate all the other components in a way that’s secure and accessible – the seat cushion, back rest, foot rests all demand a frame that’s up to the tasks of frequent adjustment and stressors.
If the frame isn’t covered by a warranty, you should proceed with caution. Manufacturers should guarantee the frame as the core component of the chair. The reality is that many don’t with their products being manufactured at the lowest possible cost to sell as many units as possible. We believe that assistive equipment like this is not a disposal item – both for the safety of the user and the eventual impact on the environment this can have.
2. Flimsy braking system
Aside from the braking ability of the chair, also be on the lookout for the mechanism the user manipulates to brake the chair – does the handle provide easy movement on and off? Is it comfortable to use? Is the physical positioning of the brake in a logical spot where it can be accessed without trouble? These may seem like obvious design choices but they’re commonly skipped over in a poor quality shower chair.
3. Uncomfortable seating
If you’re browsing mobility equipment and want a quick way to determine if bathroom chairs are good or not, simply test out the seat.
4. Fittings that are tricky to manipulate
It shouldn’t take the user much effort at all to make adjustments to the equipment, so make sure you test each component carefully.
5. No adjustability
Avoid basic, no adjustment bathroom solutions for anything outside the mildest of mobility needs. Even then, we’d suggest speaking to a medical professional or OT about the best solution – a low level of support may evolve to more significant assistance, so choosing a low quality chair in the short term may end up more expensive anyway.
6. Requires multiple manual transfers
Even without accident, manual transfers build up over time and wear out carers, even professionally trained ones. Since there’s a solution that eliminates these, we’d not recommend a product that still forces such physical exertion in the bathroom.
There’s a better option
With Showerbuddy, we’ve sought to solve many of the big challenges families had with bathroom mobility including transfers, independence, support and even how to avoid destructive remodelling. In many parts of the world Showerbuddy is funded, but even at cost, it far outperforms other options that display some or all of the issues we’ve outlined in this article.
If you’re interested in learning more about what Showerbuddy can do, head over to our range of products.
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.