Shower/commode chairs, also known as combi-chairs, typically serve three purposes; transporting residents to toilet and shower areas, a commode/raised toilet seat, and a seating surface during showers. The multi-functionality of these chairs can reduce the number of transfers required to perform hygiene tasks. Many styles exist, ranging from basic rigid framed chairs with four casters to battery-operated chairs with powered seat elevation and tilting mechanisms. Some major features to consider include large rear wheels that enable the user to propel the chair independently, removable or swing-away armrests and footrests to ease transfers, tilting seat frames that may decrease caregiver bending and enhance resident comfort, and folding frames to facilitate storage and portability for travel.
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