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Shower stools

Shower stool in a showerA shower stool is designed specifically to sit inside a shower or wet area.

It makes it easier for you if you can't stand for a long time, or get very short of breath, as you can sit down when having a shower. You can also use the stool outside the shower to get dressed on.

Shower stools come in many different shapes and sizes, designed to fit different people and different shower spaces.

Some shower stools have adjustable legs, and some don't. Stools with adjustable legs tend to tilt forward, as they are slightly higher and angled at the back.

Make sure you know what the options are. Also make sure you know your weight, and the weight limit of any stool you're considering.

Don't use a plastic outdoor chair in your shower, as the plastic in these chairs can soften in the hot water, and the chair may give way under you.

How do I use a shower stool?

Things you should not do with a shower stool

How do I care for my shower stool?

Wipe it down regularly, particularly underneath, to make it last longer.

Check its condition at least once a month. Check for rust at welds and screw holes, make sure the rubber stoppers aren't worn, check the adjustment buttons are all locked into place.

If you find any wear and tear, ring your occupational therapist or assessor to get it checked.

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Written by the South Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created September 2017.

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Review key: HICMA-171761