Whatever your age, a sit down shower is a great new innovation that allows you to relax and enjoy your shower to the fullest. The concept of sitting down to shower is probably quite unfamiliar to most of us – we think of the shower as a quick alternative to the more elaborate tub bath and think of it as a refreshing and rejuvenating experience. There is also the idea that sit down showers are more for the elderly or the physically challenged. However, once you’ve experienced the soothing and calming feeling of sitting down under a shower, you’ll probably never want anything else again!
With senior citizens, a sit down shower is essential for their safety and well-being. Many seniors living alone may be afraid to take a shower due to the many risks involved. Slipping on wet tiles, standing for long periods, the danger of scalding or freezing water gushing out suddenly, the problems of reaching out for bath accessories and towels and cleaning up the bathroom afterwards may be some of the issues. Even if they have nursing help, they may find it difficult to step in and out of the bath. All these factors may lead them to avoid taking a shower for days on end, leading to problems of hygiene and health. The best solution is the sit down shower, which not only helps them to retain some of their independence, but is also much more safe and comfortable.
Senior citizens can also put in additional features to enhance the sit down shower experience. For example, many seniors may find it difficult to manipulate and turn standard-size taps and knobs. They can put in large sized knobs and taps that are easy to turn, have additional hoses to reach those difficult areas like feet and back, safety rails and easily reachable shelves for bath accessories. The seating platform inside the sit down shower can be customized so the height is correctly adjusted making it more comfortable. Floors should be given special attention to make them completely slip-proof.
Many sit down showers can be combined with sit down baths. Here a safety door is fitted, which is completely sealed when closed, and the area can be filled like a conventional tub. Seating is still on a platform or bench. Since the bath is smaller and more compact, there is much less water wastage and less time spent waiting for the water to fill. The door is at a low level, making this a convenient, step-in shower cum bath unit, ideal for children, seniors and anyone who prefers to sit down and relax.
Sit down showers can be purchased as stand-alone units or you can install them while remodeling your old bathroom. They’re available in different designs, colors, price-ranges etc from most reputable bathing solutions firms.