Shower chairs are one of the most important upgrades you can make in a home when trying to outfit it for safe, comfortable senior living. The challenges that come with showering are daunting. It’s tough to get into and out of the shower safely, but it’s also something that seniors want to do with as much independence as possible. Shower chairs for the elderly, also known as shower seats, shower benches, and shower commode chairs, make it possible for seniors to shower safely on their own.
Whether your loved one needs a rolling shower chair that can be easily moved from toilet to shower, or it’s just a matter of a few aches and pains that make standing in the shower for long periods of time difficult, a shower chair is one of the first investments you should make for a senior loved one.
Choosing the Best Shower Chair
Now that you’ve committed to adding a shower chair for safety and comfort, you need to select the one that works best for your situation. It’s possible to get a high-quality stainless steel frame chair for an affordable price and within a reasonable range, there are plenty of great chairs. How do you know what to pick?
Start by reading some reviews. Most shower chairs have been reviewed by users, so you can get a feel for ones that rank highest and offer the greatest number of benefits.
Next, consider the features you want a folding shower chair. There are plenty of options, but what works for one person might not be necessary for someone else. Everyone wants a durable, high-quality stainless steel frame chair with stainless steel legs, but not everyone needs a chair on wheels or a chair that doubles as a toilet or a chair with a safety belt.
You’ll also want to consider the weight of the chair and the capacity the chair can hold. If your loved one is heavier set, make sure you choose a chair with a higher weight limit. The last thing you want is for a chair to not be able to hold a senior’s weight—a broken folding shower seat can cause a worse accident than a simple fall in the shower.
The weight of the chair itself is also important because you might need to move it into and out of the shower. The easier this is to do the better. Finally, check the measurements of the chair to make sure it will fit into the shower that will be used. Most chairs have dimensions that are appropriate for standard showers, but you should still check before making your purchase.
Now that you have an idea what to look for in shower chairs for elderly people, check out our favorite choices:
The Nova Medidcal Products Deluxe Bath Sat is durable, adjustable, and reliable. It has a weight capacity of 275 pounds and comes with tips that are coated in rubber to prevent slipping. It’s easy to assemble and can be taken apart just as easily if you need to move the chair to a different location. The chair weighs just seven pounds, so it’s easy for just about anyone to carry when needed.
This chair is made from heavy-duty molded plastic and features anodized aluminum to prevent rusting and corrosion. The seat height is adjustable.
We love the drainage holes on the seat to prevent slipping while sitting in the seat.
This chair is textured and made of durable plastic. It features nylon strap locks to keep the seat in place when in use. It has a weight capacity of 400 pounds.
This chair can easily transfer from walkers and wheelchairs, making it easy for just about anyone to get into and out of the shower. It’s easy to use and cuts down on back strain throughout the shower. At 14.5 pounds, it’s a little heavier than some of the other options but still easy to move from location to location.
This chair has an aluminum frame construction that is lightweight and durable. It’s a great everyday option, but also a great pick for when seniors need extra help after an injury or when recovering from surgery.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly shower chair, this is a great option. It has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and features a non-slip seat design. The seat height is adjustable to ensure that people of all heights can shower comfortably. The chair features suction cup feet and drainage holes on the seat to prevent all risks of slipping.
The dimensions of this chair are 17”X5”X28” and it fits into left or right side showers and standard-sized bathtubs.
This chair features wheels that are large and easy to roll into and out of the shower. They lock when they are not in use. It’s made from waterproof PVC and features armrests for comfort and support. It has a weight capacity of 250 pounds with seat dimensions of 16”X16”. It’s 21” tall and weighs 18 pounds.
Carousel Sliding Transfer Bench Swivel Seat
The Carousel Sliding Transfer Bench Swivel Seat offers a swivel that makes it easy to move into and out of the shower. The seat is padded and there are pivoting arms that move with the seat.
The shower is made from cell-molded polyurethane, which is not hard or slippery, and stays warm and is slip-resistant. It’s also extremely easy to clean up.
The chair is considered “medical grade” which means it meets the safety standards put in place by hospitals. The chair is easy and hassle-free to transfer into and out of the shower. The chair features a seat belt, so seniors can be securely strapped in without concern of slipping and falling. It has a weight capacity of 330 pounds and can be adjusted in height from 20 to 22”. It features rust-proof aluminum and is lightweight and sturdy. This is a great option for seniors that need some flexibility and extra help getting situated into the shower.