Some children with cerebral palsy and other physical impairments cannot sit up on their own. This can make even the simplest task of taking a bath somewhat challenging. Thankfully there is adaptive equipment such as bath chairs and shower chairs to enable those with physical challenges to bathe or shower.
The most important factor when choosing which bath or shower chair to purchase is the size of the child and how much support that child needs. If you are considering a multi-purpose hygiene chair check to make sure there is plenty of room around the shower so that you can move around freely, move the chair and help your child – without getting soaked in the process! Also check door widths, floor surfaces and thresholds to ensure they do not impede the smooth passage of the chair from room to room.
Trained PME Product Consultants can help with advice and even organise product trials so you can test before you buy. Of course, it is a good idea to first discuss your child’s needs with your physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
In the meantime, you might like to have a look at the new ‘Seahorse Plus’ multi-purpose hygiene chair which has only just been released.
It has been re-designed for improved functionality and comfort and can be used under a shower, over a bath or as a toileting chair. It is height adjustable and available in three size to suit children from 5 years of age to young adults.
Note: Product trials are subject to availability