The ShowerBuddy's TubBuddy with tilt (SB2T) is a fantastic aid in providing showering assistance.
Reviewer: john r. from brighton, mi (caregiver)
User Details: The end user is a 51 year old female with primary progressive MS and is unable to walk, bath or shower without assistance.
Strengths: There are 2 sets of strengths for this: one being the shipping of it and the other for the unit itself. 1. The shipping packaging was exceptional. It would take a lot to damage the contents. a) The entire carton was enclosed in a heavy plastic wrap so if it was raining the carton and contents were protected. b) The carton itself was heavy duty quality. c) The carton was lined with a pressed styrofoam carton about 1” thick as additional protection for content movement. d) The documentation was right on top so that you had everything when the carton was opened. e) Everything was packed tightly to minimize movement. f) Smaller pieces were packed in additional boxes inside. g) Everything was there with no missing pieces. h) The casters were enclosed in bubble wrap and almost all coated surfaces were wrapped in plastic. 2. The unit is definitely high quality metal NOT PVC. a) Everything is heavy duty including any plastic spaces/retainers and almost all metal is powder coated to prevent corrosion. b) Assembly was pretty much a breeze. c) Everything fit together with no misaligned parts or holes. d) Adjustments were easy to do. e) The instructions were easy to follow and not confusing. f) Once I had everything lined up and level, the chair transferred easily and smoothly. g) Love the infinite recline up to 30 degrees and the lever to use the recline operates smoothly and easily and locks the unit in place when released. h) The primary and secondary locking is a fabulous safety feature to prevent the chair separating form the bases inadvertently. i) The seat cushion is coated in a heavy duty plastic that should definitely hold up for a long time. j) The mesh backing is sturdy and should alo hold up for a long time. k) The casters roll easily even over carpet and are of a high quality construction. l) The detachable bridge is great as it leaves no parts extending outside of the tub area and the curtain can be closed when its detached from the tub base. m) I love all the adjustments on the tub base to ensure stability when the seat is on it and to level the unit. Overall, this appears to be one well thought out, high quality product.
Weaknesses: The only possible weaknesses are that the unit seat is higher than that of a wheelchair so it may make it a bit more difficult for a very short person. Also, the standard seat with the toilet cutout may be uncomfortable for some people but this is remedied by getting the optional seat cover with it.
Reviewed on 05/01/2015