May 15, 2015 - 02:45 PM
The tub bench mentioned by Annflyingpoint is a good option, especially if you have lower limb weakness. It may not work if your tub/shower is enclosed by a sliding glass door. However, there are several shower chairs and benches to choose from. I have seen some people use a light weight plastic chair, but I consider them too unsafe. You might want to shop around for the best price. No matter the type of chair, it is important that you have grab bars, securely installed in the shower/tub and by the toilet. Also, an elevated (riser) seat for the toilet will help keep your Dad safe.
Usually someone who has had a hip replacement is eligible for a few home health visits by a therapist, who will evaluate the equipment and make suggestions for any other adaptations that can be made. The therapist will also help your Dad learn how to get in and out of the shower/tub without hurting himself. Even if he received inpatient therapy after his surgery, I always recommend a Home Health visit by a therapist. They can adapt their teaching based on the actual home situation