Raise Your Hand If You Want To Go To A Nursing Home To Get A Bath


Even if a “walk-in” tub is selected, the basic requirement is still the ability to walk in. While many elders can still move around, their mobility is likely going to decline, not improve. And for seniors with permanent disabilities who require a wheelchair, this option makes no sense.

Unfortunately, the cost of a nursing home stay in most locations across the country can be $10,000 per month, or more. Not a good option to get a bath.

Fortunately, there is an alternative which offers a low cost solution and can allow for home care in the largest percentage of cases. That is a portable wheelchair shower. This is a solution that can be set up in any location where there is access to a sink. So not only homeowners, but also renters can use this solution for safe, effective bathing.

About five years ago, the FAWSsit™ Fold Away Wheelchair Shower came onto the market. It was designed and patented as the only truly portable shower stall for use with a wheelchair. It is completely portable, weighs less than 30 pounds, comes completely assembled, and can be folded up and stored away when not in use.

By using a portable wheelchair shower, the senior can stay seated in a simple wheelchair, then roll into the shower stall. A front support bar is then lowered to which the fourth side of the drain pan is then attached. No lifts or transfers are required. No plumbing changes are required. No tools are required. And best of all, no second mortgages are required to pay for it!

The cost of a FAWSsit portable shower starts at $1500 for a Standard model, and there are both a Bariatric and a Recliner version available for larger individuals or those who require a reclining wheelchair.

The biggest benefits, though, are:

SAFETY, since no lifting or transferring is required, no slipping or falling since the senior stays seated in the wheelchair for the whole shower.

EFFECTIVENESS, since there is plenty of water that can run over the skin, and with the hand-held shower head, even perineal cleaning is not difficult. Infections and skin lesions are prevented.

AFFORDABILITY, since these portable showers cost literally 1/10th of a bathroom remodel, and can in most cases keep an individual from going into a nursing home, at the cost of $10,000 per month or more.

DIGNITY, which matters to all of us, but is particularly critical to seniors who feel that they have no choice but to lose their dignity when requiring help with bathing, or worse, to suffer the indignity of poor hygiene.

People in wheelchairs deserve showers too, and none of us wants our parents given sub-standard care.