Clarke Health Care Products Inc.
A stylish, comfortable shower commode chair, the BORIS is available in five sizes with seat widths of 12" to 20". The PE plastic-molded seat shell provides upper-body support, while the stainless-steel chassis can be tilted for comfort. Gas cylinders smoothly move the seat into the desired tilt position. Positioning aids are available.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
This stool provides a stable seat in the bathtub or shower, but swivels 360° to make it easier to bathe and to reach for items. For safety, the stool also locks at 90° intervals to restrict swiveling motion. The padded, rotating top can be easily removed for cleaning. Includes a removable tray for storing personal items. The seat height adjusts in 1" increments from 16" to 23".
Swash Bidet Seats
As seen at the San Jose Abilities Expo: The Swash system fits most existing toilet fixtures and then delivers cleansing water at the push of a button on the remote control. All Swash models offer posterior and anterior cleansing, adjustable water pressure, aerated wash spray, self-cleaning nozzles, and a gentle-close seat and lid. Deluxe models also offer adjustable water pressure, water heating, heated seats and a warm air dryer, among other features, to maximize users’ independence in the bathroom.
Escape Plus Bathtub
A redesigned curved door, control switches and faster drains are among the improvements in this new version of the Escape Plus, a walk-in bathtub that now allows the user to slide directly into the tub and easily close the door while seated. The new design also offers greater seat height and width, along with a standard heated seat, eight water jets and extra depth for full body soaking. Control switches now have air buttons that are easier to read and reach.
Among our conversations at the San Jose (Calif.) Abilities Expo in November was with the folks at Smirthwaite USA, formed this year as the American division of G&S Smirthwaite Ltd., based in the United Kingdom. Smirthwaite is focused on seating & positioning throughout a child’s day, whether the child is playing, learning, socializing, performing activities of daily living, or standing upright. And the company offers size ranges to fit early-intervention little ones all the way up to kids in their teens. Product offerings include the Combi Toileting Chair, which includes a potty, a commode seat, a seat pad and a pelvic strap, all standard; and several prone and supine standers. Many products we saw were easily adjustable in size so they could be used, for instance, by multiple children in a classroom or therapeutic setting. The bright, appealing colors and wood accents on many pieces make Smirthwaite products attractive for individual homes, classrooms or professional locations. — L.W.
Whatever the need — stationary or sliding, shower/tub system or commode — the multiCHAIR series has an answer. A unique leg-clamping design combined with the solid-feeling rigidity of a welded joint provide users with durability and security while using the products — but multiCHAIRS are also easily assembled and disassembled, even in small hotel rooms. Because they’re built to order, special requirements can be accommodated without the hassle of needing special or customized parts.
Seen at the Abilities Expo in San Jose: Rifton’s multi-tasking Hygiene Toileting System (HTS) that seems to anticipate just about every activity that happens in the bathroom, just about every positioning requirement for special needs children, and just about every wish ever thought up by parents and caregivers. The HTS supports toileting, showering and bathing — including salon-style hair washing, thanks to up to 15° of rearward tilt. (For easier transfers, the HTS can also tilt forward up to 15°.) Take the HTS seating off the base and attach it securely to a toilet; roll the seating and the base over the toilet; or use the commode pan and the HTS functions as a stand-alone toilet. Accessories include seat and back pads, headrest, butterfly harness, anterior support/tray, lateral supports, hip guides, commode pan, deflector, abductor, ankle straps, calfrest and footboard. Choose the basic model or the fully accessorized one; choose the stationary, mobile (wheeled) or bathtub base. There’s even a portable base for travel (and a travel bag to match). I’ve seen ATPs and clinicians get pretty excited upon seeing the HTS for the first time, and with its versatility and growability, it’s not hard to see why. — L.W.