Installing a new shower stall can be a fun and rewarding DIY project. While you’re at it, consider making the shower stall handicap accessible. It not only adds some value to your home, but it shows consideration to household members or guests who could benefit from special accommodations.
1. Kick the Curb
When considering a stall with handicap access, select one that is level with the floor—not one that requires any steps or climbing. It can be difficult to maneuver around even the raised curb or lip of a conventional shower. Not only will a floor-level stall allow for quick and easy entry, but it will add unique style to your bathroom.
2. Grab a Hold
A grab-bar should be required for all showers, not only ones designed for the handicapped or elderly. A grab-bar securely mounted to the wall gives you something strong and sturdy to cling to when entering the shower and performing various bathing tasks. It can provide a sense of stability and help prevent serious injury.
3. Have a Seat
Ever fallen down in the shower? For seniors and the handicapped, slipping is a near constant concern and fear. For peace of mind as well as safety, give them a place to sit down.
Shower benches are available in countless designs and styles. They can be very useful to those with physical impairments or limitations, and they also make the shower experience more relaxing as less energy is spent trying to stand up.
4. Super Size that Hose
When it comes time to add a shower head or nozzle, install a model that has an extended length hose. This means users do not have to stand directly underneath the showerhead, and can instead sit on the seat or bench. Some detachable shower heads even have massage settings that can be therapeutic and soothing.