Wetroom specialist Impey Showers has revealed a revolutionary new shower seat in association with a leading UK occupational therapist.
The company had been inundated by requests from customers of all ages and abilities for a accessible yet stylish shower seat.
Shower seats are an essential bathroom item for those with mobility issues. They enable a person to enjoy showering as independently as possible but traditional shower seats are very clinical in appearance, bulky, create trip hazards, act as dirt traps and can damage floors.
Impey’s SlimFold shower seat is stylish, safe and functional and bears weight of up to 40 stone.
When folded, the SlimFold shower seat has a profile of 111mm and the shower bench has a profile of 55mm. The thin profile enables the shower door to fold fully inwards without colliding with the seat.
The wetroom experts teamed up with leading UK occupational therapist and interior designer, Elaine Hollerhead, to design and produce the SlimFold. Elaine had been troubled about the lack of a modern, inclusively designed shower seat available on the market for a number of years.
Elaine said: “In my capacity as an occupational therapist, I have been concerned with of aesthetics, functionality and safety of most products available to the disabled and grey markets for many years, especially in relation to shower seats.
“I was delighted to be invited to develop the SlimFold with Impey Showers and finally create a product that elderly or disabled people will actually want to use.”
Neil Whitehead, marketing manager at Impey Showers, said: “We firmly believed that existing shower seat design needed to be evolved and improved to provide the healthcare market with an exciting, aspirational and safe product.
“This product is outstanding and has been designed with anyone in mind due to its look and feel. We’ve had extremely positive feedback from end users, retailers and healthcare professionals and we are positive that the SlimFold will change the shower seat market.”
Teenager Aleks Baker, who has Rett Syndrome – a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects communication, mobility and often causes seizures – was the first happy customer to receive the SlimFold seat.
The 16-year-old’s family contacted Impey whilst they were developing Aleks’ new accessible wetroom to enquire as to the possibility of them developing a stylish shower seat to include within it.
At the time, Impey Showers was also developing its plans for the SlimFold, and was deciding on the final colours. When the company received Alek’s enquiry they decided to add hot pink to the list joining others including orange, blue, yellow and red, as well as more traditional tones of white, grey and sandstone.
Nicoll Taylor-Baker, Aleks’ Mum, from the Wirral, said: “Aleks is a real ‘girly girl’ and whilst we could not source other pink wetroom items such as a shower, tiles and shower rails, we were over-the-moon when Impey said it could help.
“The seat is amazing. It’s so cool: it does not look like a heathcare shower chair. It’s very warm to the touch and she sits on it for ages enjoying the water.”
The new SlimFold shower seat and bench is available in 10 colours has been engineered to ensure maximum strength, support and durability. The products include a double curvature wall mount, cross bracing support and triangular structure which can support a weight of up to 300kg (40 stone).
SlimFold has an RRP of £175 (plus VAT) and can be fitted from heights of 417mm which ensures safe transfer between standing and sitting or from a wheelchair. There is no maximum height restriction.
The Impey SlimFold shower seat is the latest in Impey’s range of innovative wetroom products that encourage independent living. The product is made from polyethelene which is ‘warm to the touch’, semi flexible, comfortable and non-abrasive. The product is unique to Impey Showers.
Impey Showers specialises in the design and manufacture of wetroom products for those with mobility issues such as the elderly and disabled.
For more information including stockists, go to www.impeyshowers.com/slimfold or call 01460 250 090.