Are the Go Anywhere® chairs just for traveling?
Absolutely not! Initially, the GO-Anywhere Chair was designed as a travel chair because the inventor could not find a decent chair that he could travel with. Over time, it didn’t make sense to have to own one chair for home and another just for travel, so the GO-Anywhere Chairs evolved into everyday-use chairs that can simply pack-up and roll-away when you want, or need, to travel. They’re that comfortable!
Will the Go Anywhere® chairs fit over a toilet?
You bet! The 16-1/2” clearance beneath the seat will clear any toilet we’ve run across. Of course, we’ve, most assuredly, not seen them all!
Must I have access to a Roll-in shower to use a GO-Anywhere Chair?
For GO-Anywhere Chair models CS. SP, CS-A and SP-A, the answer is yes; you will need a roll-in shower.
What do I do if a roll-in shower is not available?
The GO-Anywhere Commode, Shower ‘n Tub Chair [SKU: CST] solves that problem. By simply connecting the rolling commode/shower chair to the lightweight frame that may be placed in most any bathtub, you may easily glide your seat across the tub wall and beneath a shower-head.
This is why I invented the CST/STS models. I was tired of getting stuck in hotels without the ability to shower. Now I’m able to slide over a bathtub and safely shower whether I get a room with a roll-in shower or not. It should be noted that the rolling section of the CST may be used as a standard commode/shower chair and does not need to be connected to the tub section. The tub section may be easily connected to the rolling frame when you encounter a situation in which a roll-in shower is not available.
Can I purchase a tub-slider with big wheels so that I can use it independently?
Unfortunately not, for two reasons: First, the seat assembly would be impeded by the 20”-wheel and unable to slide over it. Second, it would be very difficult, if not impossible in many cases, to maneuver a chair having big wheels into a position parallel to the bathtub and to connect it to the tub section.
How long does it take to assemble or disassemble the Go Anywhere® chair?
With a little practice, the Go Anywhere® chair can be assembled in a few minutes.
Do you supply the tools required to assemble the GO-Anywhere Chair?
There are absolutely no tools required to assemble or disassemble any of the GO-Anywhere Chairs.
Can the GO-Anywhere Chair tip over?
The camber built-in to the chair’s rear legs was integrated into our design specifically for the purpose of minimizing such a possibility and to maximize the chair’s stability. Placing sufficient weight on the footrests without first having the User’s weight on the seat, however, may cause the chair to tip forward.
Can the armrests be moved out of the way for transfers?
Yes; the armrests lift-up and back into a position alongside the seatback supports. They may be locked in either up or down position.
Can I ‘push-up’ on the armrests?
Yes, so long as you push-up with your hands being placed as closed to the rear of the armrests (close to the backrest) as possible. The armrests are constructed of extra-thick aluminum tubing, nevertheless, weight placed too far forward may cause the armrests or the support hinges to bend over time.
Can my Caregiver lean the chair back to get it up, or down, a step?
Absolutely not! Because of the camber built-in to the rear legs of the GO-Anywhere Chairs, leaning the chair backwards will stress the welds and, over time, may result in structural failure of the joints where the rear legs meet the frame. This may pose a significant threat to health and safety. All four wheels should maintain contact with the floor beneath it at all times.
What if there’s a step or a lip to get into my shower?
If the step or lip is small enough to maneuver the GO-Anywhere Chair across, have at it! If, on the other hand, such step or lip presents an obstacle to getting the chair across it without all four wheels maintaining coincidental contact with and the floor, then find alternative means. You can try placing a real or a makeshift ramp; install a row, or rows, of tile to render the step or lip maneuverable or, preferably, figure out a way to remove the obstacle altogether. If none of these options are feasible then consider using one of “tub-sliders” manufactured by GO! Mobility Solutions (see below).
Can I tilt my GO-Anywhere Chair back?
It is important that all (4) wheels maintain contact with the floor at all times. So leaning the chair back by causing the front wheels to come off the floor is not permissible. HOWEVER, rear lean (seat dump) may be achieved by making the front legs an inch-or-so longer than the rear legs, using the adjustment holes and spring pin buttons in the telescoping legs. The maximum recommended angle of tilt (seat relative to the floor) is 4-8 degrees.
What type of chair is best for a child or small adult?
The standard seat depth for the majority of GO-Anywhere chairs is 18”. The minimum seat depth (measured from back of knee joint to tailbone) for any User is 16.5”. If the User has a seat depth of less than 16.5”, consider using the GO-Anywhere Commode ‘n Shower – Adjustable [SKU:CS-A]. The CS-A has an adjustable seat depth which may be adjusted by moving the seatback assembly forward or back. The backrest height is adjustable as well.
Can the finish come off?
The finish on the GO-Anywhere Chair is applied to its structural, aircraft-grade aluminum substrate using an electro-chemical process known as “anodizing” which, in effect, physically joins the finish and the metal. There is no paint which can peel off. Please note that it is possible to scratch the anodized surface, however, this would require more than casual effort.
Won’t my GO-Anywhere Chair rust?
No. The GO-Anywhere Chairs are constructed entirely of durable, lightweight structural aircraft-grade aluminum, stainless steel and other rust-proof/resistant materials.
Can my GO-Anywhere Chair become damaged?
Of course it can; nothing is indestructible. Although they are designed and built to be tough and durable, the GO-Anywhere Chairs should be treated in the same fashion as any of your other valuable Durable Medical Equipment, that is, with extreme care. There are two features, in particular, to keep in mind: First, as strong as aircraft-grade aluminum is, it can be dented if it is dropped hard, from high, or on to an uneven surface, or if anything heavy were to be dropped on it. A dent resulting from such an occurrence could have a detrimental effect on the ability to adjust the telescoping aluminum legs and footrest.
Second, ensure that you do not place any heavy and/or pointed objects on top of them or pack anything on top of them (such as any other part of the chair). Because the foam is closed-cell, it will not spring back after being compressed for extended periods of time. Any indentations in the foam caused by such compression will become permanent. Do not place anything sharp on top of the cushions as the vinyl surface can puncture or tear the closed-cell foam used in the manufacture of the seat cushions can be torn or cut. Avoid placing sharp objects on the cushion or folding the seatback down on to a sharp object.