How To Shower With a Non-Weight Bearing Cast
- If you've had an injury and are using a cast, you must do as much as you can to safety-proof your bathroom. This will demand that you adapt to a new way of showering.
When showering with a cast, you have three objectives: keep your cast dry, don't slip, and wash yourself clean. You want to minimize risk as much as possible, and getting some accessories helps mitigate the risk of slipping and falling when showering.
In this article, we'll list five tips and recommendations that will make showering while injured safe and enjoyable.
It can be nerve-wracking to go into a wet and slippery surface—all while standing and balancing with only one leg! We often hear from customers about a few products that have been crucial for them:
Using a shower chair (or bench or stool) helps ease a lot of the risks and provide you with stable support so that you can shower safely and worry-free. Most importantly, it allows for an enjoyable and comfortable bathing or shower experience.
Most models stick to the surface via suction cups, so that the chair remains stable while allowing you the flexibility to move.
Hand-held shower head
Another essential accessory to help you bath comfortably is a hand-held shower spray. With the water spray at your control, you can ensure you get water to all parts of your body, without the need to move around or getting off the shower chair.
Some models attach to the tub spout; others come with a diverter that attaches to the showerhead.
For added security getting in and out of the bathtub or shower, grip bars are an excellent way to help balance yourself.
Some grips will high-strength suction cups to hold onto the shower wall; others will mount on the tub. Keep in mind that these are not designed to support your entire body weight. They are intended as a balance assist for when you move in and out of the shower.
If you need longterm support and need to put your entire weight, you should look into a more permanent solution like bolting grip bars onto the walls.
Cover your cast
You must keep your cast dry at all costs. Wet casts can cause issues like odor or skin problems.
There are several DIY ways some people cover their casts. We wouldn't recommend doing it because you run the risk of not doing it right and risk getting you cast wet.
Cast Covers offer a solid waterproof barrier on your cast.
They are affordable and reusable, so it's a no brainer to get one for shower time or pool or beach use. Cast covers are available in different sizes: foot and ankle, leg cast, extra wide leg cast.
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