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Shower commode chairs: A guide for home use

Shower commode chairs are a type of assistive device that can be used by people with mobility challenges to shower and toilet safely and independently. They are typically made of durable materials that can withstand moisture, and they have a number of features that make them well-suited for use in the bathroom and that make bathing easier for both the occupant and the carer.

Features of shower commode chairs

Shower commode chairs typically have the following features:

  • A comfortable, waterproof seat
  • A backrest for support
  • Armrests for stability
  • Wheels for easy mobility
  • A built-in commode or a removable potty

Benefits of using a shower commode chair

There are many benefits to using a shower commode chair at home, including:

  • Improved safety: Shower commode chairs can help to prevent falls and injuries during showering and toileting.
  • Increased independence: Shower commode chairs can help people with mobility challenges to bathe and toilet themselves independently.
  • Improved hygiene: Shower commode chairs can make it easier to maintain personal hygiene.
  • Increased comfort: Shower commode chairs can provide a more comfortable and supportive bathing experience.

Types of shower commode chairs

There are two main types of shower commode chairs.

Attendant propelled shower commode chair in bathroom

Attendant-propelled: These chairs are designed to be pushed by a caregiver or assistant.

Self propelled shower commode chair in bathroom

Self-propelled: These chairs have larger wheels that allow the user to move them independently.

How to choose a shower commode chair

When choosing a shower commode chair, consider the following factors:

  • The user’s weight and height – ensure that the chair can handle the users weight, height, back & leg length
  • Can the commode chair fit over your existing toilet?
  • The user’s mobility level – if the user is unable to self propel the chair then an attendant chair will be required
  • The type of bathroom that will be used i.e. split level floor or has a carpet which will restrict movement around the bathroom
  • The user’s personal preferences

Safety tips for using a shower commode chair

When using a shower commode chair, it is important to follow these safety tips:

  • Always use the chair with a non-slip mat in the shower.
  • Never leave the user unattended in the shower.
  • Make sure that the chair is properly adjusted for the user’s height and weight.
  • Be careful when transferring the user in and out of the chair.


Shower commode chairs can be a valuable assistive device for people with mobility challenges. They can help to improve safety, independence, hygiene, and comfort during showering and toileting. When choosing a shower commode chair, it is important to consider the user’s individual needs and preferences. If unsure feel free to contact us today.

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