When you’ve determined that a shower bench will help your elderly loved one, it’s time to start looking for the one that has the best features. If you’ve never considered what you need in a shower bench before, these tips might help.
Durable Materials that Will Last
Many shower benches are made from aluminum so that they’re lightweight and then they’re padded and covered with vinyl or plastic. Some may be made from other materials, though, that won’t stand up very well to daily use. Double check the materials before you purchase a shower bench to make sure that the bench is more likely to stand up to your loved one’s use.
Adjustable Height, Seat, and Back
The more adjustable and versatile your love one’s shower bench is, the more able it will be to meet her needs. If you purchase a bench with an adjustable height setting, your loved one can use her shower bench in any tub, not just her own. With an adjustable seat and back, the bench can accommodate your loved one no matter what her physical condition is.
A Movable Handle
Many shower benches have a handle on one side or the other. The problem is that if the bench has a back, then the handle may be on the wrong side of the bench depending on how your loved one’s tub is set up. A movable handle allows you to switch the handle from one side to another to accommodate any style or type of tub.
Suction Cups on the Legs
To keep your loved one’s shower bench more secure while she’s using it, you need something that will keep it in place. One of the best options is to get a shower bench that has suction cups on the legs. The suction cups secure to the inside of the tub, making the shower bench much more stable. Some shower benches may use tension to lock the bench into a tub, but that may not work for all tub styles.
Talk to your loved one’s home care providers, too, about which features they would recommend for your elderly loved one.