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How to Select a Bathroom Wheelchair?

There are certain features that you must consider before buying a bathroom wheelchair.

  1. Weight capacity: Weight capacity (standard or bariatric) is an important consideration before making the selection. The shower chair must fit the size of the individual for optimal results. The shower chair must have enough space for caregiver working and for transfers in and out of the chair. Weight capacities of standard shower chairs range from 250 – 400 lbs. for people with a standard body weight up to 250 lbs. a standard shower wheelchair is appropriate. For those who weigh above 250 lbs. a bariatric model must be considered.
  2. Frame Construction: Shower wheelchairs differ basically in construction. Some frames feature and aluminium construction while others are made up of PVC plastic. Aluminum wheelchairs bear higher costs than PVC ones. While both the models support user weight equally well, aesthetic is a factor while selecting a frame. 
  3. Some users prefer a shower chairs that provide more space in the back and seat region. For them a mesh-backed chair is recommended. For others who prefer a more firm, sturdy sitting surface would want to look for material which is more snug. 
  4. Not all showers are of the same size. For a smaller shower area a compact shower commode chair is recommended. For other standard size bathrooms basic or bariatric size shower chairs may do the needful. The user must know the dimensions of the bathroom before making the selection so that they are certain of the size of the product that they will be receiving. 
  5. Some shower/commode chairs come with locking wheels to aid transfers, others come without casters and rely on a safe-grip leg coverings to prevent the chair from sliding around. Some models are light in weight and others are heavier. You must choose a wheelchair that allows for smooth and safe transfers. 
  6. Shower wheelchairs come in two design types including an upright chair or a recumbent one. For patients who require caregiver assistance while showering can go for the reclining back shower chair to ease the process. For more independent users fixed back shower chairs are an ideal option.
  7. Also make sure that the wheelchairs comes with an opening for commode or not. For users who don't require the added functionality of a commode, a solid seat shower chair will do just fine.