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    I need a new shower chair, and I was wondering if there is one with good back support?

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    We just bought new shower/commode chairs for our unit, and once more, as we did 9 years ago, we went with ActiveAid. They have a wide range of options, and also offer a lot of customization and options that meet our needs. They are also durable and a quality product.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      I've been using an E&J Shower Chair, as I find the seat on them much more comfortable (positioning wise) than the flat seat on the ActiveAids. The back is only 15" above the seat surface, though.

      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FJ9DLI/...J_2520shower_2
      Don - Grad Student Emeritus
      T3 ASIA A 26 years post injury

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Donno View Post
        I've been using an E&J Shower Chair, as I find the seat on them much more comfortable (positioning wise) than the flat seat on the ActiveAids. The back is only 15" above the seat surface, though.

        http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FJ9DLI/...J_2520shower_2
        i've used the e & j for 30 years now, they do come with 14" or 17" backs
        We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
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        • #5
          i just got http://www.razdesigninc.com/index.ph...d=33&Itemid=70 and am very happy with it. my OT raved about how many options and adjustments there are.
          Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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          • #6
            There seems to be some opportunity for improvements in contemporary shower chair designs. Here are a few pictures of present-day models.

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            • #7
              Here are a couple more pictures (there is apparently a 5 picture limit per post).

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              • #8
                WC Sage,

                Photo #3 is the only one that looks like I'd want to park my butt on for the hour+ that I am on the commode and in the shower. Looks just like my E&J. The "skin" on the other chairs is hard to slide on, IMO.

                Donno
                Don - Grad Student Emeritus
                T3 ASIA A 26 years post injury

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                • #9
                  E&J has been out of business for a number of years. We stopped using the similar "rehab shower/commode" chair from the current manufacturer years ago because of shoddy construction and material corrosion. Be especially careful about the seat base, which is simply plywood, and due to poor design of the cover of the cushion, water gets in easily. We stopped using them due to several client injuries when the seat collapsed (split in two) with them sitting on it.

                  (KLD)
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                    E&J has been out of business for a number of years. We stopped using the similar "rehab shower/commode" chair from the current manufacturer years ago because of shoddy construction and material corrosion. Be especially careful about the seat base, which is simply plywood, and due to poor design of the cover of the cushion, water gets in easily. We stopped using them due to several client injuries when the seat collapsed (split in two) with them sitting on it.

                    (KLD)
                    yep, think the company now is graham field.
                    my problems always been the front caster screwing up after about 5 years, but i'm usually ready for a new one by then anyways, and as long as the drains are open on the bottom, the seat should drain okay, if not, just tip it up after use and it'll drain out. but like donnie, i prefer the padded seat
                    We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
                    Ronald Reagan

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                      E&J has been out of business for a number of years. We stopped using the similar "rehab shower/commode" chair from the current manufacturer years ago because of shoddy construction and material corrosion. Be especially careful about the seat base, which is simply plywood, and due to poor design of the cover of the cushion, water gets in easily. We stopped using them due to several client injuries when the seat collapsed (split in two) with them sitting on it.

                      (KLD)

                      Yup this had happened 5 times over the years.
                      Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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                      • #12
                        Emi, if you still want to use that chair, do what I did when we were still using them.

                        After receiving the new chair or new seat, remove the staples that hold the fabric in place over the padding (underside of the seat). Lift up the fabric edges and apply silicone sealant (we use a cauking gun) under the edge. Replace the fabric and re-staple with stainless steel staples.

                        When we did this, the seats lasted more than twice as long.

                        Never have had this problem with either Ocean or ActiveAid commodes (the latter also come in a padded seat option). The ActiveAid VA chair was designed by the Patient Safety Center at the Tampa VA specific to the needs of people with SCI.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, I have a new commode now but it happened 2x in my Invacare Mariner too!
                          Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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                          • #14
                            There is also this one:

                            https://www.goesanywhere.com/product...wheelchair.htm
                            Pharmacist, C4-5 injury but functional C6 (no triceps/flexors)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                              After receiving the new chair or new seat, remove the staples that hold the fabric in place over the padding (underside of the seat). Lift up the fabric edges and apply silicone sealant (we use a caulking gun) under the edge. Replace the fabric and re-staple with stainless steel staples.

                              When we did this, the seats lasted more than twice as long.
                              (KLD)
                              Good tip!

                              Will get someone to do that when mine comes in, in a few weeks.

                              I've used an E&J for 30 years but had to go with a different make.

                              Thanks........

                              On its way next week-->

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