So, the crip has three ways to shower: a shower chair, a bench, or nothing. Each crip’s different and can do things differently depending on what he/she sits on. As close as Joey and I am, we’re totally different taking showers.
Lady’s first, Joey’d rather sit on the shower floor more than anything. She has more mobility to reach stuff. She CAN sit on a bench, because she’s got balance to sit as long as the bench has a back. HOWEVER, on the bench, the way she has to sit, she can’t bend enough to reach her feet. She also says, the bench needs to have a hole underneath for her to reach her parts, BUT, I’ve never seen a bench with a hole.
I, on the other hand, use a shower chair for the back and sides, because my balance ain’t that great; hence, I hate benches, which I’ve used. It was against the back wall, which was a plus, but if I lost my balance anyway, it was a bad day for me. Plus, benches tend to be skinny…like those damned examination beds at doctors’ offices. When I was younger, I used to sit on the floor of the bathtub, but I was 85-100 lbs. lighter, so people could lift me then.
So, inquiring minds want to know.
Be good to each other.
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