Shower Chairs and Stools

Category Description Websites
Grab Bars:
Tub-Mounted Grab Bars

Grab bars are important safety features. Tub-mounted grab bars grip to the side of the tub. They come in a variety of materials including chrome, stainless steel, vinyl-coated or plastic. They also vary in length, texture of handle area (some come with grip materials to reduce slipping) and bar shape. Different diameters mean different grip sizes, with smaller diameters generally easier for arthritic hands. In addition, consider choosing a color that provides some contrast with the tub to make the bar easier to see.

www.grabbarsonline.com

www.allegromedical.com

www.rehabmart.com

www.homedeopt.com

www.carepathways.com  

www.ameds.com

Wall Mounted Grab Bars

www.grabbarsonline.com

www.rehabmart.com

www.thehardwarehut.com 

www.allegromedical.com

www.homedepot.com 

Folding Grab Bars

www.grabbarsonline.com

www.allegromedical.com

www.thehardwarehut.com

www.homedepot.com

Acoustic Treatments:
Acoustic Panels

Bathing areas often have hard surfaces and can be very noisy, which may disturb some individuals. Acoustic attenuation can be provided through specialized acoustic panels attached to walls and/or ceilings. Paneling can come with cleanable and moisture-resistant coverings that are appropriate in a damp environment like a tub room. They can also add a decorative look. Look for materials that absorb noise from within the room, rather than soundproofing materials that mostly block noise from adjoining rooms. 

www.acoustimac.com

www.soundproofcow.com

www.audimutesoundproofing.com

Heating Options for Bathrooms:
Radiant Heat Panels

By adding heat sources to the bathroom, residents will be more comfortable during bathing activities. Radiant heat panels can be applied to the walls or ceiling for extra warmth.

www.warmlyyours.com

www.heatinggreen.com

Infrared Heat Lamps

Infrared heat lamps come with optional lights and fans.

www.amazon.com

Heated Bathroom Floors

Heating elements can be installed under tile floors.

www.warmlyyours.com

Towel Warmers:
Heated Towel Bars

Use caution when installing heated towel bars, as they can pose a burn hazard.

www.warmlyyours.com

www.amazon.com

Warming Cabinets

Warm towels feel wonderful after a bath or shower, especially when the weather or the room is cool.  Warming cabinets are safer than heated towel bars and can accommodate larger numbers of towels, but they are also more costly and take up more space.

www.steris.com

www.macmedical.com

Shower Stools & Chairs:
Wall-Mounted, Fold-Down Shower Seats

In the shower, many people find it helpful to have something to sit down on. Seating can be attached to the wall and fold down when not in use.

www.freedomshowers.com

www.mustee.com

Shower Chairs and Stools

Shower chairs provide a place to rest during bathing. Many come with a backrest. If possible, have a variety of chairs available so that you can choose a chair that is comfortable (pad if needed) and the right size and height for the person you are showering. 

www.jamesonmedical.com

www.rehabmart.com

www.freedomshowers.com

Shower Wheelchairs and Multi-Purpose Hygiene Chairs

When someone is not mobile, it can be useful to have a wheelchair that will roll into the shower. Some of these products are highly adjustable and can help the caregiver assist the person in undressing and preparing for the shower. Others can double as commodes. Consider using a multi-purpose hygiene chair for in-room and no-rinse bathing.

www.arjohuntleigh.us

www.tollos.com

www.ranetubs.com

procare-medical.com

Seated Baths with Entry Door
Side panel that pulls up from below:
  • Seat at chair height
  • Can be operated by bather
  • Tub fills after side is raised and secured
  • Fits in standard tub recess

www.ARJO.com (Freedom Bath)
www.ARJO.com (Parker Tub)

Door-like Side Panel that Swings Open

Door-like side panel that swings open:

  • Seat at chair height
  • Fills after panel is closed

www.safesteptub.com
www.safetytubs.com
www.homedepot.com 
www.tollos.com
www.wayfair.com
 

End Panel that Swings Open

www.premiercarebathing.com
www.apollobath.com

Seated Baths without Entry Door
Other seated tubs do not have openings for entry. These tubs require a lift for use. They are pre-filled before the bather gets in.

www.ARJO.com
www.premiercarebathing.com

Fixed Height Models
Some of these tubs allow the person to be bathed in the recumbent position. These tubs are particularly useful for persons who are bedridden or who cannot be transferred comfortably. Some models allow you to raise or lower the tub, for easier caregiver access.

www.invacare.com (IH4300)
www.premiercarebathing.com
www.apollobath.com

Adjustable Height Models
Some of these tubs allow the person to be bathed in the recumbent position. These tubs are particularly useful for persons who are bedridden or who cannot be transferred comfortably. Some models allow you to raise or lower the tub, for easier caregiver access.

www.ARJO.com (Rhapsody)
www.invacare.com (IH6300)
www.tollos.com
www.premiercarebathing.com
www.apollobath.com (Revolution with tilt feature)

Transfer Benches

For residential tubs, there are a number of benches that sit inside the tub and extend to or beyond the edge of the tub to facilitate transferring into and out of the tub.

www.jamesonmedical.com

www.rehabmart.com

www.freedomshowers.com 

www.drivemedical.com

Sliding Tub Chair

Fancier tubs chairs have a sliding or swivel seat to make transferring easier.

www.eaglehealth.com
www.allegromedical.com
www.mvmsinc.com
www.assistiveinnovation.com
www.medicalproductsdirect.com
www.ameds.com
www.jamesonmedical.com
www.health-mobility.com

Lifts for Use with Bathtubs:
Solid-seat Lifts

A number of lifts are available to get people in and out of tubs. These include solid-seat systems and sling-style systems. The solid seat systems are designed for use in tubs, and the sling systems generally are not; so solid seat systems are preferred.

www.tollos.com 
www.arjo.com
www.southwestmedical.com
www.exmed.net

Sling-style Lifts

A number of lifts are available to get people in and out of tubs. These include solid-seat systems and sling-style systems. The solid seat systems are designed for use in tubs, and the sling systems generally are not; so solid seat systems are preferred.

www.wyeastmed.com (suitable for tub-home use)
www.exmed.net

Combination Transfer Bench/Bath Seat

There are also products that combine a transfer bench and lowered bath seat, with cut out in padded vinyl seat. Some of these are mechanical to help the person raise and lower in the tub, while others are comprised of benches at different levels.

www.ameds.com
www.exmed.net

Inflatable Bed Tubs

For someone who cannot get to the tub, there are inflatable tubs that fit on most beds. For filling, they either use a faucet or water bag. 

www.allegromedical.com
www.rehabmart.com
www.exmed.net

Rinseless Bath Products - Disposable Cloths

Sometimes it is best not to do a traditional bath or shower to get clean. An alternative is rinse-free soaps, which are quite valuable in many situations. Products with rinse-free soaps include disposable cloths, which can be heated in the microwave, and similar products for cleaning up after incontinence episodes. There are also rinse free soap concentrates and foams that are used with regular washcloths.

www.sageproducts.com
www.apodanusa.com
www.mvmsinc.com
www.wmmedicalsupply.com
www.allegromedical.com

Rinseless Bath Products - No-Rinse Soaps

Sometimes it is best not to do a traditional bath or shower to get clean. An alternative is rinse-free soaps, which are quite valuable in many situations. Products with rinse-free soaps include disposable cloths, which can be heated in the microwave, and similar products for cleaning up after incontinence episodes. There are also rinse free soap concentrates and foams that are used with regular washcloths.

www.easemedic.com
www.fncmedical.com
www.exmed.net

Rinseless Incontinence Products for Perineal Cleaning

Sometimes it is best not to do a traditional bath or shower to get clean. An alternative is rinse-free soaps, which are quite valuable in many situations. Products with rinse-free soaps include disposable cloths, which can be heated in the microwave, and similar products for cleaning up after incontinence episodes. There are also rinse free soap concentrates and foams that are used with regular washcloths.

www.sageproducts.com
www.donovanindustries.com
www.apollobath.com

Bag and Inflatable Hair Washing Basin for Bed-Based Hair Washing

A number of specialized hair washing products are available. These include a hair "pool" for bed-based hair washing; rinse-free shampoo.

Hair Washing Products:
Rinse-Free Shampoo

A number of specialized hair washing products are available. These include rinse-free shampoo.

www.sageproducts.com
www.wmmedicalsupply.com

Fabric Shampoo Cape

A number of specialized hair washing products are available. These include a fabric shampoo "cape" that can be attached to a chair and sink for seated hair washing.

Shower Rinse Trays

A number of specialized hair washing products are available. These include rinse trays for in-room hair washing.

www.allegromedical.com
www.carepathways.com

No-Rinse Shower Cap

A number of specialized hair washing products are available. These include a hair "pool" for bed-based hair washing; rinse-free shampoo; a fabric shampoo "cape" that can be attached to a chair and sink for seated hair washing; rinse trays for in-room hair washing; a water bag that carries up to 2 gallons of water on a pole; a no-rinse shower cap; and a turban that keeps the hair dry and head warm or gently dries wet hair after shampooing.

www.sageproducts.com