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Walk-in Showers for Disabled

Mamta Mule Feb 6, 2019
Having the specially designed walk-in showers for the disabled, is the best way to help them have easy access to this area, and have a comfortable bathing experience. Here are some important tips to consider while designing these customized showers.
Due to their increasing demand, bathroom showers are now becoming more and more user-friendly. Be it shower stalls, shower enclosures, or walk-in showers, you can get these in special designs even for the disabled. They can also be customized and personalized according to one's requirements.

Important Pointers

Barrier-free Entrance

There is a multitude of door options available for walk-in showers. However, when you are designing it for a person with physical limitations, it is always better to go for a doorless entrance into the shower. With this, one can get in and out of the shower area with comfort.
If the person needs added privacy, blinds or thick roll up panels can be a good option. Apart from this, these shower enclosures have a flat, floor level, which makes entering in and coming out a lot easier. Furthermore, these shower designs also help to keep the water from flowing towards the entrance, as it moves towards the center drain.

Convenient Shower Fixtures

While designing walk-in showers for the physically challenged, adding the bathroom fixtures that are convenient to use, needs no mention. Placing the knobs of all the fixtures at lower height and at the center is important. 
Also, a hand-held shower is always easier to use. Instead of a wall-mount shower, you must go for a ceiling-mount shower with raining shower head, which ensures ample water spraying out and spanning the entire area. Apart from regular fixtures, grab bars must be fixed on the walls. The fixtures also include a seat for the user's safety and convenience.
Placing the shampoos, shower gels, and other such items might not be problem with shelving system, however, easy access to these, is of utmost importance.
The soap dispensers, which can be used for storing shampoos and shower gels should be placed at the waist height, so that they are reachable even while sitting on the chair. You can also have extra glass shelves at a lower height to place other bathroom essentials.
There are entire shower sets specifically designed for the physically challenged people, available in various brands at several stores. Consider, whether the person using the shower area uses his/her wheelchair or another one needs to be placed in.
In case of a wheelchair, it important to check whether it is water-resistant or not. There are a number of bathroom seats available in the market, which can be useful.