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    Shower Bench

    I'm trying to get educated about shower benches. My son is at the Shepherd Center receiving treatment in the Day Program. He's scheduled to return home June 22 and I need to have some basic equipment. One item we need is a shower bench. The people at Shepherd recommended an ActiveAid Shower Bench model 277BSO stainless steel. I called Activeaid and what they told me I needed was a model 277SO with the BO bench. The price for painted stainless steel is $1837. The same bench in painted carbon steel is $686. Am I on the right track here or am I going overboard.

    www.activeaid.com is the web site

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    Roger

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    Sorry about your son

    I use this one:
    http://www.allegromedical.com/bathro...h-p214665.html
    it costs $105 and is holding up well. I had one from Sunrise Medical before it and the seat split at the seams twice before the warranty was up, so I replaced it with the Lumex when the warranty expired.
    "There's too many things to get done, and I'm running out of days" 3 Doors Down

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    I assume you are using this in a tub? Will you also need to use it over the toilet or will he have a separate chair or raised toilet seat for this?

    I am a big fan of ActiveAid in general, but that is not a great tub bench for the price. Stainless steel will last a long time, but he may need a different style down the road. I would recommend not buying a real expensive unit until he is more settled and decides where he will live long term, etc. There are other options. We use these a lot:

    http://www.spinlife.com/Guardian-Tra...?productID=516

    http://www.allegromedical.com/bathro...h-p214665.html

    http://www.allegromedical.com/bathro...h-p513972.html

    Try to get one with suction cup feet. It really helps with a lot more stability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryF504
    Sorry about your son

    I use this one:
    http://www.allegromedical.com/bathro...h-p214665.html
    it costs $105 and is holding up well. I had one from Sunrise Medical before it and the seat split at the seams twice before the warranty was up, so I replaced it with the Lumex when the warranty expired.
    Jerry

    Thanks

    In regards to the shower bench. Brian was told that he should get a bench that has the opening on the side rather than the front. The side opening would allow him to do his own bowel program. Can the cushion on this bench be rotated 90 degrees so that he could reach in an do the bowel program. Would there be any bars in the way of reaching in from the side?

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    Roger

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse
    I assume you are using this in a tub? Will you also need to use it over the toilet or will he have a separate chair or raised toilet seat for this?

    I am a big fan of ActiveAid in general, but that is not a great tub bench for the price. Stainless steel will last a long time, but he may need a different style down the road. I would recommend not buying a real expensive unit until he is more settled and decides where he will live long term, etc. There are other options. We use these a lot:

    http://www.spinlife.com/Guardian-Tra...?productID=516

    http://www.allegromedical.com/bathro...h-p214665.html

    http://www.allegromedical.com/bathro...h-p513972.html

    Try to get one with suction cup feet. It really helps with a lot more stability.

    (KLD)
    SCI Nurse

    The bench would be used in the shower. What we were trying to get was a bench seat with the opening on the side rather than the front. This would allow Brian to do his own bowel program. This is at least what the therapist told us.

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    Roger

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    At C6 I'm not too sure how his transfers will be in time, but I think they might be ok as you are talking self-inflicted BP. So far I saw devices where you would be doing a BP in the bathtub (???? ), and that couldnt possibly be independantly used due to crossbars in the path of access. Here's all you really need to know. Low cost so disposal should not be a problem should it not work out, and great quality wise should you keep using them. (I got them myself, so they gotta be good )


    Bench (Big, stable, light, strong, not rickety)

    Toilet seat (Mount sideways on toilet)

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    i got mine from allegro also, like jerry without the hole, just solid padding across. about $150. ACTIVEAIDS ARE nice but wayyyyyy to expensive. just get a padded transfer bench from online an will save a buncha money.

    sorry bout your son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    At C6 I'm not too sure how his transfers will be in time, but I think they might be ok as you are talking self-inflicted BP. So far I saw devices where you would be doing a BP in the bathtub (???? ), and that couldnt possibly be independantly used due to crossbars in the path of access. Here's all you really need to know. Low cost so disposal should not be a problem should it not work out, and great quality wise should you keep using them. (I got them myself, so they gotta be good )


    Bench (Big, stable, light, strong, not rickety)

    Toilet seat (Mount sideways on toilet)
    Andy how do you clean your a$$ on that bench?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanchoSCI
    Andy how do you clean your a$$ on that bench?
    Soap and washcloth? Oh, HOW, gotcha. I have a grab rail lengthwise to the tub on the wall. Right elbow on grabrail, right arm under left leg, lean into wall, lift leg with right arm. Hips then tilt up on the left side, underside revealed.

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    Why is he doing bowel care in the shower? That is why I asked if it was just for showering, or for bowel care too. The transfer section can get in the way for doing independent bowel care. It would be better to consider a separate chair for bowel care and showering, or instead, if you want to spend a lot of money, consider the Nuprodx 6000 which you could use for both. You can get an hour-glass seat for this (and most other Nuprodx products) which gives easier access for bowel care. I don't see how he could do it independently in the ActiveAid chairs you posted. Has he actually used one at Shephard??

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    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 06-05-2007 at 09:40 PM.

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