One of my favorite products is the portable shower. The soothing, refreshing feeling of a shower. It’s a simple pleasure that’s out of reach for some people. Maybe they can’t climb the stairs to the second floor shower because of surgery—a hip or knee replacement. Maybe they have trouble accessing their current shower because it doesn’t accommodate a wheelchair. The portable shower can help.
So what exactly is a portable shower? It’s a shower you can set up anywhere within about 10 to 12 feet of warm water. You can roll in on a regular wheelchair or a shower/commode style of wheelchair. Then the caregiver lowers a bar so that the fourth side of the shower pan can be attached for waste water collection. A front shower curtain can be used for the person who is able to do their own bathing, or can be left open to make it easier for the caregiver to help.
Here’s what I like about the portable shower:
- It’s a solution to a short-term mobility issue for people who are not ready to remodel their bathrooms.
- It’s a temporary solution for people who are in the process of remodeling their bathrooms or adding a stairlift for easier access to the second floor.
- It can be a long-term solution for someone who wants to remain in their home and is unable to remodel for access to their regular shower.
- It’s easy and safe for the caregiver and the user.
- It makes hygiene simple---and we know that’s essential to good health and feeling good.
- And here the biggest reason---it sure beats a sponge bath.