Shower trolley selection guide

Discover key features for a seamless selection process tailored for individuals with varying needs.

Those working in the industry and those who use a shower trolley – whether they are the user or care giver, will be fully aware of what a shower trolley is. Unlike a shower bench, which is fixed in position, a shower trolley is mobile and provides easy access to bathing for those with a disability. While this might seem straightforward, navigating the selection process can become challenging due to the extensive variety of shower trolley available, each equipped with distinct features catering to diverse needs.  To support you, we have created this helpful article to guide you through our range of shower trolleys.

Our shower trolley range

Wealden Rehab is one of the fastest-growing UK providers of innovative shower trolleys. Our trolleys are designed for stability, comfort and convenience for adult, elderly and paediatric and bariatric users. With a comprehensive 3-year warranty, modular add-ons and fast delivery, our shower trolleys are simply the best on the market.

Our team work with occupational therapists, individual patients, and care providers across the UK to provide shower trolleys that meet the unique needs of both patients and carers. Whether you are looking for a shower trolley for use at home, at school, in a changing places facility or another care environment, our products are designed to improve quality of life and make the delivery of care simpler, easier, and safer.

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Which shower trolley is best for adult users?

At Wealden Rehab, we offer three shower trolleys for adults – a premium offering, an innovative offering, and a cost-effective offering:

1. Premium – Adult Barella

Our most popular model, the Adult Barella's robust structure is built for the most challenging environments, making it ideal for many care settings including leisure centres, care homes, and hospitals. This shower trolley is suitable for users with even the most complex needs and offers an increased weight capacity of 180kg. Key features include:

  • Extremely stable platform
  • Anti-corrosion process making it suitable for the toughest environments
  • Strong stainless steel folding side rails as standard
  • Higher than average side rails allowing it to be used as a shallow bath
  • Adjustable height between 610mm – 1000mm
  • Single-handed plug operation
  • Hygienic shower hose design

The Adult Barella is also available in a ‘Wide Top’ version providing a generous platform width of 900mm. This gives the carer space to roll the user with better access to complete personal procedures. It also provides more space for users with cognitive or behavioural issues who may become anxious when situated in an enclosed area.

2. Innovative - Wave

The innovative design of the Wave shower trolley provides maximum support and comfort for the user. It is a superb solution for bathing in multi-user environments yet has been aesthetically designed to look good in the home. The Wave has a fully electric profiling platform that allows you to optimise the position of the user at the touch of a button. The handset also controls the height adjustment and allows the platform to tilt in both Trendelenburg and anti-Trendelenburg directions. Key features include:

  • Unique four section profiling platform
  • Height adjustable 510mm-910mm
  • Generous platform width measuring 1900mm x 650mm (internally)
  • Extendable platform
  • Electric tilt and profiling
  • Central braking system
  • 150mm castors - easy to manoeuvre
  • 250kg safe working load

3. Cost effective - Coral

If you want a good all round shower trolley at a cost-effective price then look no further. The Coral is a versatile trolley, offering a host of standard features with a safe working load of 200kg. The versatile shower trolley is ideal for multi-user spaces and in the home. The Coral is supplied with a fixed angle of 3 degrees, to allow effective drainage, and comes with a strong liner with high sides (for additional protection) with inbuilt channels to help the flow of water. Key features include:

  • Choice of electric or hydraulic models for height adjustment
  • Generous size platform - 2085 x 810mm
  • Foldable side rails with safety mechanism
  • Central braking system
  • Mattress, drain hose, plug and head pillow included
  • 200kg safe working load

 

Which shower trolley is best for paediatric users?

Wealden Rehab has two shower trolley options for paediatric use. This includes our Paediatric Barella, which is our premium offering, and our Coral Junior, a more  cost effective option.

1. Premium - Paediatric Barella

The Paediatric model has been designed to accommodate children and small adults and is ideal in small areas due to its compact footprint. With a smaller chassis and reduced weight capacity, the Paediatric Barella still offers a generous platform size and a superb lifting frame, which guarantees stability at every working height. Key features include:

  • Extremely stable platform
  • Anti-corrosion process making it suitable for the toughest environments
  • Generous platform size
  • Higher than average side rails allowing it to be used as a shallow bath
  • Folding side rails as standard
  • Adjustable height between 610mm – 1000mm
  • Single handed plug operation
  • Hygienic shower hose design

2. Cost effective - Coral Junior

Offering similar features to the Coral shower trolley for adults, the Coral Junior is a versatile shower trolley which offers a reliable and secure bathing experience for children and small adults. It is suitable for use in the home environment as well as in multi-user spaces. The Coral Junior is supplied with a fixed angle platform, just 3 degrees, to allow effective drainage, and comes with a strong liner with high sides (for additional protection) with inbuilt channels to help the flow of water. Key features include:

  • Choice of electric or hydraulic models for height adjustment
  • Generous size platform - 1660 x 760mm
  • Foldable side rails with safety mechanism
  • Central braking system
  • Mattress, drain hose, plug, and head pillow included
  • 200kg safe working load

 

Which shower trolley is best for Bariatric users?

For our Bariatric offering, we have three models available at Wealden Rehab. These include the Bariatric Barella, our premium option and the Coral Maxi 80 and 90, which are our cost-effective options.

1. Premium - Bariatric Barella

This Bariatric Barella shower trolley comes with a wide top to provide space for hygiene and handling, and a heavy-duty chassis providing a SWL (Safe Working Load) of 245kg. The shower trolley comes with features renowned with the Barella range, along with twin electric actuators which combine to provide effortless lifting and platform tilt. Its detachable battery pack provides power whilst the trolley is moved around, plus the overall width can be effortlessly reduced by attendants when transporting through doorways, by folding in the side rails.

  • 245kg SWL
  • Battery powered
  • Twin lifting actuators
  • Generous platform size
  • Folding side rails as standard
  • Folding end-rail option
  • Hygienic hose design
  • Trendelenburg / Anti Trendelenburg functions operated through the handset

2. Cost effective - Coral Maxi 80

The Coral Maxi 80 offers a generous usable platform size – measuring 800mm internally, alongside a 250kg capacity. The shower trolley’s height can be adjusted using the handset control in the electric model or by utilising the foot pedal, providing a very stable surface which delivers great comfort to the user. It can be used in multi-user environments as well as looking great in the home setting. Key features include:

  • Usable platform dimensions - 2000mm x 800mm
  • External platform dimensions - 2160mm x 960mm
  • 250kg safe working load
  • Choice of electric or hydraulic models for height adjustment
  • Central braking

3. Cost effective - Coral Maxi 90

The Coral Maxi 90 offers the same features and benefits as the Coral Maxi 80 but comes with a 900mm wide internal platform. Key features include:

  • Choice of electric or hydraulic models for height adjustment
  • Usable platform dimensions - 2000mm x 900mm
  • External platform dimensions - 2160mm x 960mm
  • 250kg safe working load
  • Central braking

 

Which shower trolley is best for a restricted budget?

At Wealden Rehab, we know how important a shower trolley can be to aid bathing for users and carers. This valuable product can make such a difference to a person’s daily life that we didn’t want people missing out due to restricted budgets.

Coral, from Wealden Rehab, is our cost-effective shower trolley range that has been specifically designed for stability, comfort and affordability. We have seven Coral shower trolleys in the range covering various needs, all of which are suitable for use in multi-user environments, as well as looking great in the home setting.

The Coral range is made up of the following high quality, functional shower trolleys:

  1. Coral – Electric (Adult) >>
  2. Coral – Hydraulic (Adult) >>
  3. Coral Junior (Children and small adults) >>
  4. Coral Maxi 80 Hydraulic (Bariatric/ Wide platform) >>
  5. Coral Maxi 80 Electric (Bariatric/ Wide platform) >>
  6. Coral Maxi 90  Hydraulic (Bariatric/ Wide platform) >>
  7. Coral Maxi 90 Electric (Bariatric/ Wide platform) >>

 

Which shower trolley is best for adjustability?

If you are looking for a versatile shower trolley to cater to diverse user needs, our Wave shower trolley is the perfect solution. Innovation is at the heart of the Wave and can be seen in its impressive platform height adjustment, ranging from 510mm to 910mm. Electrically controlled, these height adjustments cater to various user preferences and ensure optimal accessibility and comfort during the bathing process.

The Wave shower trolley also features a unique four section profiling platform, allowing you to optimise the position of the user at the touch of a button. The handset also allows the platform to tilt both in Trendelenburg and anti-Trendelenburg directions. But the adjustment features of this shower trolley don’t end there. If you need a longer shower trolley, the Wave has an extendable platform.

The Wave truly is adjustable and can cater to many user and carer needs.

 

Which shower trolley offers a generous sized platform?

At Wealden Rehab, we understood the need for a shower trolley with a wider platform but without a heavy-duty base. A shower trolley with a generous sized platform gives the carer space to roll the user with better access to complete personal procedures. It also provides more space for users with cognitive or behavioural issues who may become anxious when situated in an enclosed area.

Within our shower trolley range, we have three great options for this:

  1. Premium -  The Adult Barella Wide Top (platform width of 900mm)
  2. Cost effective – The Coral Maxi 80 (platform width of 800mm)
  3. Cost effective – The Coral Maxi 90 (platform width of 900mm)

 

A shower trolley for everyone

We want bathing to be a stress free and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. We pride ourselves on our selection of high quality, functional shower trolleys that cater to everyone, no matter the budget or requirement. Hopefully, after reading through this article, you will have a clear idea of which shower trolley best meets your needs, or if you are a carer, the needs of your client.

Did you know we also have a free ‘Shower Trolley Selector Tool’ available on the Shower Trolleys page? By answering a few simple questions, it will provide a product solution suitable for you.

If you are interested in any of the products you have read about, please feel free to contact our team today to make an enquiry or to book a product demo.


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