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    Suggestions for cracking shower chair cushion

    Our shower chair is about 6 years old and the cushion is starting to crack. Any ideas of how to arrest the cracking / fix it? Should I put duct tape on it? Photos:

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    wow! so glad you asked this..I noticed mine was cracked this am...I saw a commerical about some spray rubber like sealer on a infommercial..wish I remember the name..they used it to take a screen door and sprayed the screen and it was able to go in the water as a boat base!
    "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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    The duct tape will work for awhile but will eventually come off and leave behind sticky residue that is a pain to get off.


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    What brand and model of shower chair is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zillazangel View Post
    Our shower chair is about 6 years old and the cushion is starting to crack. Any ideas of how to arrest the cracking / fix it? Should I put duct tape on it? Photos:
    Hi Ami,
    I don't think I would feel comfortable doing a duct tape repair on a commode/shower chair for GJ. You just don't know what variables you are introducing with duct tap. Six years, after all, is a pretty good run for a commode/shower chair cushion. I would prefer to replace the cushion with a compatible one to the chair or go with a Roho overlay.

    http://www.therohogroup.com/products...at_cushion.jsp

    http://www.therohogroup.com/products...de_cushion.jsp

    All the best,
    NL (GJ's wife and caregiver)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthQuad View Post
    What brand and model of shower chair is it?
    It just says "ActiveAid" on it, with a serial number, but no model number on it that I can see anywhere. I'm sure there was a model number on the paperwork when we bought it (out of pocket) but of course that paperwork is long gone.

    Here is a photo of the whole thing (and I cannot figure out why it is turned sideways; it is turned correctly on my computer).

    As for being a good run, we can't afford a new chair and probably not even a new cushion, so a cheap home remedy would be preferable if at all possible. (ETA: Chad has Medicare effective Aug 1 - does Medicare cover a shower chair? are their guidelines for getting one? he surely would meet such guidelines as a c4/5 complete (ASIA A))

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    I replaced a seat on my Activeaid (jtg-624) about five to six years ago and it seems it was around $150 for the seat, 4 phillips screws to take it off / put it on. I do my own pivot transfers and the cracks became a concern about scratching my skin.

    I recently replaced entire shower chair as it was getting pretty well worn. Some rust, caster bearings shot and I was concerned about overall integrity of chair. I didn't want a weld to crack / break and leave me lying in twisted metal.

    If you ever decide to replace it I found these folks to be lowest price on the net for model I was getting and free S&H.
    http://www.caremedicalsource.com/Brand/ActiveAid

    From what I have experienced, "Medicare stops at the bathroom door". I have always understood they do not pay for any DME in bathroom but others may have different experience.

    ETA : looking closely at pic of Chad's shower chair in, "picture fax viewer" it appears to be in good shape, structurally sound, no rust, etc. If I were going to replace anything out of pocket I think I would just do the seat. ( unless there are weak spots not visible in pic) good luck, ches
    Last edited by ChesBay; 10-23-2011 at 12:29 AM. Reason: eta: info

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    Perhaps an upholsterer or car seat place could do the job. For me, I would be concerned with a cracked seat just for the bacteria that will live in there.

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    I'd just replace it. Probably cost less money than several attempts to patch it.

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    ami -
    This chair looks very similar to the one I still have.
    Try calling the company; given the serial number they should tell you what the model number is, and at least give you a price for a new cushion.
    Their phone number is shown on ours as 1-800-533-5330.
    I'd worry that a cracked cushion might cause a skin pinch or even a tear.
    - Richard

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