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    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:
    Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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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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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        What brand and model of shower chair is it?

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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))
            Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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            • #7
              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, 12:29 AM. Reason: eta: info

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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  I'd just replace it. Probably cost less money than several attempts to patch it.

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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Is there an equipment exchange near you? Our ucp nashville foundation has one. It has a list somewhere on their website. If you can find one I may be able to get it to you. I will try to look, but I know I wont have time tomorrow.
                      If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


                      Sometimes it is easier to widen doors than it is to open minds.

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                      • #12
                        https://www.getflexseal.com/?tag=im|...a_bid=a4cc8494

                        I found it..it is a seal..bendable waterproof barrier..2 cans for $19..put the other on ebay and sell it.
                        "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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                        • #13
                          Hi Ami,
                          This problem with cracking shower/commode chair cushions is something that all of us have to deal with. I went back to your original pictures and that crack is really very small, but it will get bigger and I thought there just has to be a way to fix this foam. Then I went to the Active Aid website and looked at their cushions. The written description says these cushions are made of Ensolite.

                          Light Bulb moment!!!!

                          Ensolite is the same stuff that swimming pool float lounges are made of. I began a search for Ensolite Repair Kit and surprise of all surprises...there is a kit to repair these foam lounges. It is called Super Soft by Texas Rec. Texas Rec is a maker of pool float lounges. The repair material comes in a plastic sqeeze bottle, is available in 8 colors (none of them match the shower chair cushion, but what the heck) and costs under $10.00. You might be able to find it at a swimming pool supply store that sells pool chemicals and accessories. It is also available on line at PoolCenter.com (scroll down about 3/4 of the page): http://www.poolcenter.com/pooltoys_f...air_floats.htm

                          You might also find this or some other type of repair liquid at camping stores where they sell Ensolite pads for use with sleeping bags.

                          Here is a YouTube video on how to use the repair liquid:
                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN-hUvbyALc

                          Hope this helps.

                          NL (GJ's wife and caregiver)

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                          • #14
                            Wow, thank you all SO much!!!! And GJNL, you are amazing - I will order the repair kit or try to buy it locally. CC comes through yet again!
                            Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                            • #15
                              GJNL the amazing CC duo!

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