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Shower harness for the elderly   (+6)  [vote for, against]
A highwire tether to stop you slipping in the shower

When you're less mobile, the shower can be a dangerous place. Slip over, and you're a fragile being, falling in a room full of hard things.

For those who are mobile, but frail, how about a shower harness? It could take the form of a couple of straps to be worn around the shoulders and upper arms, tethered to a carabiner which would itself be free to slide along a clothes rail-type affair on the ceiling. One could put the harness on, walk into the shower, wash, and then take it off. It wouldn't stop you slipping, but would stop you banging your head / breaking your hip on the way down.
-- david_scothern, Nov 19 2019

bar in the shower https://imgur.com/gallery/75Kw1
[theircompetitor, Nov 19 2019]

Great idea but somebody has to have thought of this.

Although I'm guessing a chair in the shower like they now use is probably a lot better approach.

A chair and a backup harness might be something.
-- doctorremulac3, Nov 19 2019

A simple noose is more likely to endear itself to potential beneficiaries of the user ...
-- 8th of 7, Nov 19 2019

<obligatory> you should have a bar in the shower link</>
-- theircompetitor, Nov 19 2019

Can you attach a plough to the harness for digging up the spuds?
-- xenzag, Nov 19 2019

This is actually not such a bad idea. I'd suggest that the harness have an inertia-reel mechanism so that you can still move freely but, if you fall, it will stop you before you've fallen very far (thereby avoiding a dislocated shoulder).
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 19 2019

Sounds complicated, expensive, and difficult to make waterproof ...
-- 8th of 7, Nov 19 2019

I'm sure a waterproof inertia reel system can be made.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 19 2019

I applaud the idea, and any idea that takes our more frail population to heart.
-- blissmiss, Nov 19 2019

Does that mean we can finally GM them?
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 19 2019

If you mean your scheme to splice firefly genes into your above-stairs staff so you can save on light bulbs, no.

Fair enough, it worked better than we though it would, indeed startlingly so; but Sturton's emphatic insistence that the female staff should disrobe "to improve the lighting" was in very poor taste and quite unconvincing.

Besides, what he saved on the lighting was more than offset by the increased heating costs.
-- 8th of 7, Nov 19 2019

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