There is a range of equipment available to help maintain your independence in completing personal hygiene tasks. From daily living aids and perching stools to grab rails and adaptations there are a lot of options available to you.
Equipment can be privately purchased from a wide range of retailers both online and on the high street. If you feel that you need further information or advice please call Adult Social Care on 0113 2224401 to make a referral. Someone will call you back to discuss the difficulties you are having and if necessary, arrange for an assessment when equipment may be provided to you, from Leeds Equipment Service, free of charge.
Perching and shower stools
Perching and shower stools provide a place to rest when using the bathroom. They are particularly useful for someone who finds it difficult to stand for a long period of time.
A perching stool is an adjustable stool with a sloping, padded seat that allows the user to 'semi-sit' and rest in areas like the bathroom. It may have a backrest, armrests, and slip resistant rubber feet for additional comfort and support.
Shower stools provide a secure place to sit when showering and can be very useful for people who can’t tolerate standing for long periods, or are at risk of falling whilst washing in the shower. It can be helpful to use them in conjunction with a wall mounted grab rail, provided there is sufficient space. There are a range of shapes and sizes of stool available, including folding stools.
Reduces the strain from standing for long periods or from getting up and down from a full seating position.
Eases the pain of standing up
Makes sitting down and getting up easy.
Suitable for the elderly, disabled, or those who have recently undergone hip replacement or other surgery.
Things to consider
The person using shower and perching stools should have good sitting balance.
It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure stools are set to the correct height and legs do not cause a trip hazard.