CHOOSING THE RIGHT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE SHOWER
Posted on November 23rd, 2017.
While walk-in showers are becoming quite a popular option with homeowners these days, handicap accessible showers are not all that common and easily available. There truly aren’t many trustworthy suppliers of such bathroom fixtures which is why one needs to be extremely careful when making a purchase decision. That is why this blog post has been created – to help you choose the right handicap accessible shower for your home that truly works with your space while providing adequate utility to the individual it has been installed for. Here are some factors that you must keep in mind when making your selection:
Handicap accessible showers are basically curb-less shower enclosures that can be easily entered into and exited from by an individual in a wheelchair. This also means that the bath water generated as a result of using the stall will spill out over the rest of the bathroom floor, creating a mess, or, worse, a slipping hazard. To prevent this from occurring, ensure that your handicap accessible shower has a drain in the same location as your existing tub or shower drain so that it can align perfectly with your existing plumbing. The floor of the shower stall should also have a minute tilt to guide the water towards the drain, thereby preventing it from spreading over the rest of the bathroom floor.
Handicap accessible showers are often available with all kinds of doors – inward swing, outward swing, sliding and so many more. In most cases, wheelchair bound individuals fare better with outward swinging doors as they are easy to manage and maneuver and will leave enough room for the person to slide off their wheelchair and into the shower seat without the door posing any kind of an obstruction. Remember to get a shower with a light weight door that isn’t too tough to open or close.
The next factor you should look for in a handicap shower is a seat. If you can get a product with a built-in, molded shower seat, there can be nothing like it. The next best thing will be getting a wall mounted seat installed into the shower enclosure for the user to slide into. Portable seats might seem handy initially but their instability might lead to many accidents as a user takes the shower seat’s support to move into or out of the bathing area.
Make sure you keep these factors in mind when choosing the right handicap accessible shower for your needs