Aging-in-Place products

March 13, 2010 at 8:04 am 1 comment

There are quite a few shower systems on the market that boast safety and aging-in-place design. The Seated Safety Shower™ is no exception, stating that it is “the first seated shower built to meet the needs of many people including the elderly and disabled.” The shower system has a contoured built-in seat as well as an area in front for standing. Integrated into the system is a “wrap-around” grab bar.

Like many products that are universally designed, you can argue the points of how the product may not be accessible to certain users. In this case, one point is that the shower enclosure has a 3” threshold which would prohibit its use as a roll-in shower system and can be an issue for those persons who may have trouble stepping into the shower. However, the built-in seat does allow for a person using a mobility device to transfer to the seat from outside the shower, therefore avoiding the threshold altogether, but is this truly an aging-in-place application?

With the many products on the market it is so important to know your clients current functional performance with activities of daily living as well as their projected future abilities to make a sound decision on what product will meet their needs for the long-term. Occupational Therapists look at a person holistically to determine strengths and weaknesses (ex: decreased mobility), which impact the ability to perform a task (ex: bathing, functional transfers), as well as the environment that the task is to be performed (ex: an inaccessible bathroom). The coordination of efforts of all players on a home modifications team is integral to meeting the needs of the client being served.

 Have you used this shower system? What do you think of this product?

The Seated Safety Shower™ by Safety Tubs

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  • 1. Curt  |  March 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    As manufacturers start noticing the “Aging-in-Place and UD” as a lucrative future market, they will be produce products such as this; but as you asked “is this truly an aging-in-place application”. My answer would be “no” it is not a true UD or AGP.

    Products like these will only accomidate those who can utilize a fixed setup such as is shown. It is not fully accessible by everyone, as a custom walk-in/roll-in shower would be.

    But, the positive view would be that at the very least manufacturers are starting to produce more products for the market place.

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