A reclining shower wheelchair is used by caregivers to give a shower to an elderly or disabled person. These chairs are most often used in hospitals, nursing centers, and in retirement homes but can be a great addition to a household with walk in showers. They can be utilized to bathe a person who is confined to a wheelchair and who is not able to move their arms and legs such as a paraplegic or quadriplegic.
The reclining shower chair and other equipments has provided home caregivers assistance in bathing patients who cannot bath themselves and also provided comfort for those who, up until now, were not able to benefit from receiving a bath.
The chairs come in a variety of models. It might have drop arms or an elongated padded seat, various reclining positions and footrests with adjustable heights.
Some times the chairs can be used as shower commodes if it comes with a padded seat and can be used over a toilet in addition to being used in a shower. Since the chairs have small wheels, they can be moved from rooms and between showers. If the chair is made of aluminum and is relatively light, the chair can be lifted or adjusted without difficulty.
Recommended Reclining Shower Wheelchairs
The costs of reclining shower wheel chairs varied in price online from just over $300 through $1000 to over $1500, depending on the complexity of the chair and added options.
- Rolling Shower Chairs with Wheels – Weight capacity of 325lbs. External width of 24 inches capable of fitting through most shower doors. Seating area is 20 inches.
- Reclining Shower Wheelchairs – Seating width of 20 inches.
- Reclining Commode Chairs – Comes with a 10 quart commode bucket or pail.
- Bariatric Reclining Shower Chairs – Has an internal seat width of 30 inches, perfect for any large or obese individual. Weight capacity of 700lbs.
Maintaining Reclining Shower Wheelchairs
To maintain the reclining shower wheel chair, clean it every month. Do so by putting the chair inside the shower stall to clean it. Clean with a tile cleaner as that stops mildew and mold more effectively. Alternatively, use a mixture of water and ammonia. A scrub brush is effective to reach small spaces but do not scour strongly to keep from scratching the surface.
Clean the shower chair each time it is used by wiping it dry. Dry any gaps as well as the bottom of the seat to prevent mildew and mold from developing. Optimally, the chair should be totally cleaned and dried before it is used again.
Do not keep the chair in the shower as the fungus and bacteria develop where there is increased moisture. If the chair has to be kept in the shower stall, be certain that the whole shower and chair is dried each time the stall is used. Clean the shower frequently and you will have a reclining shower chair that will last a lifetime.