Friday, December 22, 2017

Properly Use the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair

By Kevin Cleary

Use the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair properly to safely and securely shower daily and maintain proper hygiene for those with limited mobility.

A daily shower is something that many people take for granted, but for those with limited mobility being able to safely shower daily can be a treat. Nothing will make you feel better than a nice warm shower to start the day. The question is how do we help those with limited mobility enjoy an invigorating daily shower? The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair answers that question and provides a sense of daily normalcy to those with mobility issues.

Benefits of a Rehab Shower/Commode Chair

Besides the soothing, relaxing effects of a warm shower, there are medical benefits to being able to shower daily. Our body’s largest organ is our epidermis (skin) and a lot of its functions are dependent upon our skin to be clean and pliable. Especially during the cold months of winter our skin can get dry and itchy to say the least. The problem arises when our skin gets dry and is susceptible to breakdowns such as sores or pressure ulcers. These can lead to more serious issues like infection which can be difficult to deal with down the road. In addition to the ability to shower, this rehab shower chair also has the ability to be used as a commode chair. Our body needs to expel waste and regular toileting can be made easier with this rehab shower chair. Also, our skin does not like to be in contact with urine or fecal matter and a shower daily helps minimize this danger. This 2-in-1 feature not only is extremely convenient, but it is economical at the same time. This shower/commode chair can easily be manipulated by those who have the upper body dexterity to maneuver their own wheelchair due to the 23 inch wheels or can be used easily by a caretaker or family member by opting for the 5 inch caster wheel.

Ease of Use

Any piece of medical equipment is only as good as the user’s ability to easily operate it. One of the options the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair offers is a choice between 23 inch treaded urethane tires or 5 inch caster wheels. During a side transfer, the armrest can be raised and the user can transfer easily from the side over the 23 inch urethane wheel. Those who may have a more difficult time transferring may opt for the 5 inch caster wheel, therefore facilitating a simpler, easier transfer. This is due to the fact that the top of the 23 inch wheel sits just above the seat level and the 5 inch caster eliminates this obstacle. The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair is simple to use and is portable as well. The problem of transporting this chair while traveling has been solved due to its ability to fold. To unfold the chair, simply push down on the cross braces until fully unfolded. Attach the pail holder to the frame by inserting the four hooks into the holes on the frame and place seat onto frame and lock into position by pushing down. Ready to go!! To fold, basically reverse the process. Simply start by raising the armrests and removing the seat by firmly pulling up, remove pail and holder, and fold chair by pulling up on cross braces. In order to empty pail, simply remove from holder and empty into toilet. The user can even mount the seat sideways for easier access for personal hygiene.                                                        


In order for this shower to be effective it needs to fit the user properly. The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair is available in two seat sizes: 16 inch and 18 inch seats. These two sizes can accommodate the majority of shower/commode chair users. There are subtle differences between the two sizes. For instance, the 16 inch seat chair weighs 39 pounds whereas the 18 inch seat chair weighs 41 pounds. The seat to floor height in the 16 inch option is 22.5 inches and be 18 inch version is 22.75 Inches. These are small differences but they may make all the difference for you. Both versions can handle a weight capacity of 300 pounds and have an over the toilet clearance height of 20.25 Inches. You can work with a physical/occupational therapist to determine which option is better for you. Compare the below measurements between the 16“and be 18“options:

Options 16 Inch     18 Inch
Overall Chair Width 24.5 inches 26.5 inches
Overall Back Width 16 inches    18 inches
Overall Chair Height 39 inches  39 inches
Seat Width/Depth 16/16 inches 18.25/18.25 inches
Depth over Toilet 26.5 inches    26.5 inches

The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair not only makes the reality of enjoying a shower a realistic possibility, but it adds the simplicity of adding a commode chair to the equation. This not only make this mobility aid economical, but it eliminates the need for a transfer from a commode chair to a shower chair. The two sizes options make this piece of equipment adaptable to just about anyone who may need it. Make your life easier with the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair!!

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