Choosing a Shower Chair for Disabled & Elderly Users

What type of shower chair for disabled, rehabilitating or the elderly is best?

"I'm Kody, and I'm here to answer all the questions that you might have about owning a shower chair."
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30% of the UK population live with one or more long-term health conditions. For people living with disabilities, showering is no small task.

If you’re living with a health condition or disability, using a shower chair and commode could help you remain dignified and independent throughout your personal hygiene routine.

To help you find out more, we have asked Kody the Komodo Dragon to answer all your questions relating to shower chairs for disabled, rehabilitating and elderly users.

What is a shower chair?

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A shower chair is a waterproof, freestanding chair or stool which has been specifically designed for use while showering.

Shower chairs for disabled, rehabilitating or elderly users can be decided depending on needs, it could also be fixed to the wall or a bench across a bath depending on your bathrooms design.

A shower chair assists you to sit in an upright, supported position while using the shower, it also helps to keep transfers to a minimum, limiting deterioration in your upper limbs.
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Waterproof chair

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Minimal
transfers

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Limits upper
limb deterioration

Why would I need a shower chair?

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Shower chairs are useful to those that use a wheelchair, the elderly and individuals that find excessive movement painful or difficult.

If you are living with a long term condition or disability it may be necessary for you to use a shower chair to conduct your hygiene routine.

If you feel weakness or pain in your limbs or back, a shower chair can assist you to sit and comfortably wash yourself without straining to reach or bend.

It may be that you experience balance issues or dizziness, by using a shower chair it will make you feel safe and supported while showering. 

Shower chairs for disabled, rehabilitating and elderly users are common household items to make hygiene routines as easy as possible.
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Appropriate for the frail and elderly

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Appropriate for those with disabilities

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Appropriate for those with muscle weakness & balance issues

What added features could a shower chair have?

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A shower chair for a disabled, rehabilitating and elderly users may have the added feature of being a commode. Often people with disabilities or health conditions may have issues using a standard toilet and an increased risk of falling.

Using a raised toilet seat or commode can reduce the strain on joints when getting on and off the toilet. The Komodo can be wheeled over the bowel or used with a pan to efficiently assist the user, with a padded seat and a horse-shoe opening, allowing space for you or your carer to conduct personal care such as washing and bowel care.

Shower chairs for disabled users also can be powered to further reduce any impact on the user or carer.

The Komodo Electric Shower Chair Commode uses powered tilt in space movement to assist the user into different positions and also to assist in standing for transfer from either the shower or toilet. 
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Commode option

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Power assist

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Seated to standing raiser

Is a shower chair hygienic?

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A shower chair is a very personal piece of equipment and using one that others have used can cause worry over hygiene issues, viral and bacterial infection risks and safety risks by wondering if it is sturdy or not.

By owning your own, you know it is clean, how to use it and what it is made from. 

The Komodo disabled shower chair and commode is made from materials that promote superlative hygiene and sterility for the user.
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Reduces infection risk

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Promotes hygiene

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Superlative hygiene & sterility

I don’t feel safe showering, will a shower chair help me?

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Showering and bathing is supposed to be a relaxing experience, however, if you do not feel safe showering, it can feel downright terrifying. The thought of falling and resulting in hospital can make this feel like a dreaded task and often, individuals start and avoid their usual hygiene routines resulting in infections.

Instead of risking your safety, a shower chair will give you the confidence to continue to shower with peace of mind.

By using a shower chair for disabled, rehabilitating and elderly users, it will increase safety by decreasing the chance of accidents by providing a safe space to shower. 
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Reduced risk of falling

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Increased confidence

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Enjoyable bathing

Will using a shower chair still let me have my independence? 

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A shower chair for disabled, rehabilitating and elderly users, is a very personal piece of equipment and using one that others have used can cause worry over hygiene issues, viral and bacterial infection risks and safety risks by wondering if it is sturdy or not.

By owning your own, you know it is clean, how to use it and what it is made from. 

The Komodo is made from materials that promote superlative hygiene and sterility for the user.
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Promotes independence

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Enjoyable hygiene routines

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Good quality of life

I care for someone who is disabled, how can the Komodo shower chair help me?

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If you care for someone who is living with a health condition or disability, you may need to assist them with their hygiene routine. It is important to know how to safely move and handle so that you do not hurt yourself or the person that you care for, however, the most common injuries carers get are back injuries.

If you get a back injury, it will limit your movement and ability to care for someone. It may also take a prolonged length of time to recover from your injury.

Another issue that carer’s face from lifting and moving someone is the risk of accidentally damaging fragile skin, causing bruising or cuts and also getting shoulder and neck injuries.

To significantly reduce these risks the Komodo powered shower chair and commode for disabled, rehabilitating and elderly users, uses powered technology and tilt in space movements to assist. 
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Reduce risk of carer injuries

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Lower risk of user injuries

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Worry-free caregiving

What makes the Komodo different from other shower chairs?

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The Komodo Electronic Shower Chair Commode uses Cortech Healthcare’s patent protected movement system to create an innovative, independent living product.

The chair works to increase the dignity and the independence of the user, while reducing the physical impact of care on the care providers.

Komodo combines three products - a stand-alone commode, a stand & assist raiser for use over the toilet, and a shower chair for disabled, rehabilitating and elderly users. The intelligent movement system and fully customisable electronics ensure the specific needs of each user are met.

The bottom of the chair includes high quality castors to aid easy movement off the chair with or without the user in-situ.
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Shower chair

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Stand-alone commode

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Stand and assist raiser

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How can I get a shower chair?

If you decide to purchase any equipment, seek advice beforehand from an occupational therapist or a social worker.
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