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Bathroom tasks made easy for those living with Parkinson's

Bathroom tasks made easy for those living with Parkinson's

Parkinson’s Disease can make simple daily living activities challenging. Especially in the bathroom. Take precautions and get the right equipment to keep you safe. A very useful assistive device is a multifunctional chair.

As Parkinson’s Disease progresses, basic everyday tasks as going to the bathroom can become difficult due to the typical Parkinson’s Disease symptoms such as rigidity, unsteady balance and tremors. Those living with the debilitating disease will want to try to do as much as possible to retain as much independence as they can, particularly when it comes to personal hygiene.


The Multifunctional chair

One piece of equipment that can be very helpful, is a multifunctional over toilet frame and shower chair. This affordable and innovative medical device focusses on mobility in the bathroom and will help those living with Parkinson’s to continue to go to the bathroom easily, comfortably and safely. The chair can transform into 6 different functionalities: a raised toilet seat, a Zimmer frame, a commode chair, a shower chair, a toilet surround frame and bath bench. It’s a great helping hand!

 


 1.    Raised Toilet Seat

People with Parkinson’s may have the need to use the toilet more frequently. Getting off the toilet can be difficult if you don’t have the strength in your legs. Use an elevated toilet seat or raised toilet seat to restrict over bending of your legs, which occurs when you have to sit too low. A raised toilet seat will minimise the risk of falling and the use of muscle required to get on and off the toilet. It will allow you to use a toilet without discomfort by raising the seat and assist with transferring on and off the toilet.

Thanks to the height-adjustable legs, the toilet seat raiser can be fit to the height of the user. Bring the frame with the seat over the toilet. The seat functions as your raised toilet seat. It elevates the height of the seating. Remove the lid and you are ready!

 

 


 2.    Commode chair

If the toilet is difficult to access without assistance, you may use the multifunctional chair as a bedside commode chair. This is especially useful when the person with Parkinson’s has difficulty to reach the toilet at night. The commode chair houses a basin under the seat, converting the chair into a commode. Place the commode chair close to your bed. Make sure to adjust the commode chair to the right height to make it easier for you to sit and stand up.


3.    Shower chair

Slippery surfaces in the bathroom are the most dangerous spaces for anyone and in particular Parkinson’s sufferers. A shower chair is very useful as your balance has diminished and you will not be able to stand for a longer period of time. The device will allow you to sit and wash without the risk of slipping or discomfort. It will also permit independence and privacy.

When standing up, move your bottom to the front of the seat ensuring your feet are firmly on the floor. Use the armrests to push yourself up into standing position.

 


4.    Toilet Surround Frame

An over toilet aid - better known as toilet surround frame - will assist the user in moving on and off the toilet.

Sitting down on the toilet can be a challenge. Ideally gently try to lower yourself down on the seat. You can use the frame as a handrail to bring yourself up and lowering yourself down for stability.

The height-adjustable legs will adjust the toilet frame to fit the height of the user. Bring the frame over the toilet.

The anti-slip rubber tips will offer steadiness even on wet surfaces. The plastic seat and lid clip off facilitating hygienic and easy cleaning.

 


5.    Zimmer frame

The advantage of our multifunctional chair is the fact that you can use it as a stand-alone Zimmer frame or walker. As mobility can be a challenge, a walking frame will certainly assist you to move more safely by yourself. The walker will support you and prevent you from falling.

To get up, push yourself up with the assistance of the handrail, lean over the Zimmer frame and stand tall.

 


6.    Bath bench

Bathing for those living with Parkinson's can sometimes require more effort. That is when a bath bench comes in handy. This shower chair is a bath bench too. If a standard bath bench doesn’t provide you with enough support, our bench can be a good alternative that suits your needs. Our product has a back support and armrests to ensure you remain comfortable while bathing. You sit securely on the seat and have plenty of room to manoeuvre.

You could also add a Bath Safety Rail by Aquasense. It attaches to the edge of your bathtub to help you step in and out of the bathtub.

 


Foldable & lightweight

A handy feature is that the frame folds down easily for convenient storage and transport. The adaptive equipment can be transported in a car, plane or train.  With its aluminium frame and moulded plastic seat, the multifunctional chair is lightweight and corrosion-resistant.

The chair comes as a flat-pack and is easy to assemble, without complicated instructions. It takes minimal time to get the multifunctional chair to become your convenient solution mobility gripes within your home!


Conclusion

As Parkinson’s Disease advances, simple everyday tasks such as going to the bathroom can become difficult due to the typical Parkinson’s symptoms. Investing in a multifunctional chair might be a good idea if you are looking for a useful assistive device that helps you retain your mobility and independence when it comes to personal hygiene.

This convenient piece of medical equipment will assist you with toilet, shower, bath and bedside care: all with just one device. 

Need help or advice

If you would like to know more about Parkinson's especially during these challenging times, contact  Parkinson's Australia or you can call the National Helpline for Parkinson's on 1800 644 189