How to choose the best Showerbuddy for your bathroom and needs
What’s your bathroom configuration
Some of the common considerations include:
- The type of shower (step in, roll in, shower/bath combo)
- Bathroom door entry opening
- Distance between vanity and shower
- Distance between toilet and shower
- Whether there is a fixed screen in a bathtub shower
- Length of the shower
- Width of the shower/bath
These considerations and others form part of Showerbuddy’s game-changing bathroom measurement app called BathCheck. Check it out on the Apple App Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android.
BathCheck guides you through the entire process, with the results able to form the basis of your Showerbuddy order. This saves significant time for Occupational Therapists and even families who want to assess the potential of a Showerbuddy in their home.
What’s the size of the bathroom?
The aforementioned BathCheck app is the best way to establish the model that’s right for the bathroom in question. It takes out the guesswork and manual effort of comparing measurements with spec sheets.
What shower type do you have?
The Transfer Range – our chair-bridge-base configuration line, which allows a bathtub or step in shower to be cleared by a mobility impaired user without any risky manual carrying. The transfer range has a bridge that the user can be moved across and onto an in-shower base for bathing. If you’ve got a shower with an edge, this range is the one to look into.
The Roll-In Range – very popular for disabled bathrooms and wet room spaces, the Roll-In range offers different chairs to suit certain sizes and capabilities, including a self-propelled model for users with upper body control.
Understanding the bathroom type you or your client has is one of the first steps of an assessment to determine which solution is right.
What body support does the user require during bathing?
Here’s some use cases and their corresponding solutions within the Showerbuddy range.
Need the neck supported for safer, more comfortable bathing? This comes standard on the tilt models, but can be added to other models with the Neck Rest Assembly accessory.
Is the user wanting to self-propel themselves into the bathroom and conduct bathing solo in a wet room shower? The SB6w is the choice for them.
The Petite Range – Our P1 and P2 accessories scale down the fit of the Showerbuddy to suit children and smaller users. It allows complete usage of our systems but with the dimensions to be comfortable for those users.
These are just some ways the Showerbuddy range caters to certain user requirements. You can learn more about the whole range here or explore the accessories which modify Showerbuddy even further to suit the individual.
The SB7e packs down for easy transport, and families can get the optional carry bag accessory to make the travel experience that much better.
This unit doesn’t compromise on functionality though, with the same high quality frame, seating and back rest found on the more complex home-based models. Some families choose to have a combined Transfer range option at home, but with an SB7e for on the road. Others find the SB7e takes care of both home and travel applications.
Try BathCheck – the complete Showerbuddy measurement solution
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.