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What to Look for When Choosing a Shower Chair

Shower chairs and benches provide extra stability for elderly adults and those with limited balance, physical strength, and mobility. A bath chair is designed to withstand constant exposure to water, without rusting or slipping, making it much safer than using a folding lawn chair or foot stool. For additional bath safety, installing bathroom grab bars can reduce the risks of falling when rising from a seated position. Below are the main features to consider when choosing a shower chair:

Armrests and back support

For added stability, some shower chairs feature armrests and/or a back support. Depending on the type of chair, you can choose from removable and non-removable.

Compartments

Bath chairs may come with toiletry storage compartments for easier and safer access. Some bath chairs also include convenient slots to hold a handheld showerhead.

Height

The chair should be tall enough so that your feet are placed flat on the floor, with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. A height-adjustable chair allows for a more personalized fit.

Legs

Typically made of molded plastic or a rust-resistant material, like coated steel, the legs should be sturdy and have slip-resistant tips that grip the shower floor. An adjustable leg design allows you to customize to each user.

Quality

At Just Home Medical, we offer a variety of quality shower chairs from reputable manufacturers, including Drive Medical, Graham-Field, MabisDMI, and Clarke Healthcare.

Seat

A good shower seat should be comfortable, slip-resistant and wide enough to fit the user. Padded or contoured, most bath seats have drainage holes to prevent water build-up.

Size

Check the chair's overall height, width, and depth to make sure that it fits into your bath or shower, and the bathroom itself, with enough room for you to maneuver.

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Weight capacity

A good bath seat should support the user's weight. Most bath seats hold up to 250 lbs., but for those who need more support, bariatric shower chairs are also available.

The best shower chair should provide support, comfort, and independence. We carry a large supply of bath chairs and benches to accommodate all users. If you still need help choosing a shower chair, please call us at 1-800-998-7750 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST