06 May 2015

Bath Chair Base Solution

We've been bathing Vera in this Canetons Bath Chair for years. 

She's really outgrown it, so we've had to look for another bath solution.

1) Our shower area is really cramped.
2) We are looking at a basic special needs bath chair, knowing how costly they are.
3) We have limited space in the bathroom to store it.

We settled on the medium Otter Bath Chair at S$450 from DNR. There is still room for height growth, and the tilting allows us to wash Vera properly.

Next, we needed a base for it to sit on, so we can stand and bathe Vera.

The problem was, the accompanying Shower Stand base was too broad, and could not fit into our shower area. It was also extremely heavy and costly at S$350. Just for the stand.

We had to find another solution for the base.

I got excited when I googled and found another narrower version of the base for the Otter, available in Australia. It would fit our shower perfectly.

But when the quote came back, our jaws dropped: S$995. For a base.

That's when Daddy stepped in to work his magic.

He figured some sort of A frame would suffice. We could custom make it, but then he found this selling in Singapore:

A lightweight, foldable made-in-Japan frame designed to take a man's standing weight. It could lock in place and seemed stable enough. Price of the base: An affordable S$62

The next question was how to secure the bath chair to the base.

Daddy bought two L brackets and riveted them to the base. They would hold the chair bars.

Then he used stretchable hooks to anchor the chair to the base.

Voila! Vera's new bath solution:

The best part: Everything folds neatly under our sink, with space to spare.

Hooray for our handyman!