What Are the Most Important Elements of a Handicap Shower?

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When an individual endures a major injury or illness that presents him/her with a disability, life changes drastically. Of course, the older we get, the more susceptible we are to get hurt or experiencing changes in our health. So, whether it’s a specific trauma or our advanced ages, getting into the home safely is eventually something that becomes difficult.

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This is especially true in the bathroom area. Bathrooms are notoriously known as the most dangerous rooms in the home. As you may have imagined, this has a lot to do with the presence of water and the potential of slick floor surfaces that can cause slips and falls. It’s no secret that those with mobility issues are at risk of falling. And falls are known as major culprits for injuries – especially for seniors.

As well, bathrooms aren’t traditionally constructed in ways that accommodate wheelchair, walker and scooter users. Needless to say, this makes getting in and out of the tub or even on and off the toilet a very cumbersome task – even with the help of a caregiver. As a result, it’s often necessary to reconfigure a bathroom so that it contains a handicap shower among other elements of a handicap accessible bathroom.

What Are the Major Requirements of a Handicap Shower?

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Well, let’s begin with access. If an individual requires a wheelchair for mobility, there will need to be ample floor space in order to safely transfer that person from the wheelchair to the shower. In many cases, home owners have had to perform major renovations to their bathrooms to make extra space. To promote better access, handicap showers need curbless entries. This eliminates the need to have to climb over a barrier in order to access the shower.

Handicap Shower Accessories

Handheld showerheads and shower seats are also important elements of a handicap shower. Firstly, the shower seat significantly minimizes the risk of slips and falls in the shower as a user can sit comfortably while bathing. The handheld showerhead gives a user added control and flexibility, enabling him/her to reach and spray the various areas of the body at will. Traditional wall-mounted showerheads don’t offer the same ease with which one with mobility issues can wash thoroughly.

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Grab bars certainly help with balance. Even when the water isn’t running, shower stalls and tubs are still known to be slippery. Grab bars offer additional support and are great in preventing slips and falls.

If installing all of the above-mentioned elements of a handicap showered sounds like a lot of trouble – we don’t blame you. In fact, we’d agree that performing such renovations to your bathroom is both an overly expensive and time-consuming task. This is why; at Forward Day, we’re so proud of our bathing solution for those with mobility issues. Our fantastic Shower Bay portable showers eliminate the need to make any changes to your bathroom.

Get Rid of the Fear of Slipping and Falling

Because they can be quickly snapped together in any room of the home where a faucet is nearby, individuals with mobility issues – young and old – can safely take showers with running water without the fear of slipping and falling. The Shower Bay allows for wheelchair users to roll their shower wheelchairs directly in and out of the shower. There is no need for dangerous transfers in wet environments.

Shower Bay portable showers provide easy roll-in access with wheelchairs, making life a lot easier for both their users and their caregivers. As well, loved ones can enjoy true shower experiences without having to put their families through the huge costs of remodeling. If you have any questions about our Shower Bay portable showers, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. Give us a call at 1-877-223-8999 or email us at info@showerbay.com

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Russell Simpkins

2 Comments

  1. Avatar for Sharon Sharon on November 16, 2017 at 4:36 am

    My mother is 87 yrs and has suddenly through a stroke lost her eyesight and her mobility etc is severely restricted. We are therefore, thinking of moving her downstairs but have no shower. Can you advise how your shower connects to the water supply and how the waste water is expelled if I was to purchase and convert her dining room to a bedroom with this portable shower. Furthermore, may I have costs as this would have to be purchased with contributions from the rest of the family.

    Many thanks

    • Avatar for Russell Simpkins Russell Simpkins on November 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Sharon,
      Thank you for reaching out about the Shower Bay. It sounds like it may be a great solution for your mother to be able to safely shower on that first floor without doing a big remodel project.
      In regards to the way the Shower Bay connects to the water supply, we have 2 options. The first and most simple is that you unscrew the aerator of the tip of the faucet and then you screw our quick-connect adapter onto aerator threads. That becomes your water source. The water is pumped back through an outhouse to either the same sink or another drain located nearby. Its that simple, If you have a faucet you can have the safety of an accessible shower on the first floor!
      We also offer an additional attachment that hard plumbs onto the Hot/Cold lines of the home. Some will even connect it to the Washing Machine H/C outlets.
      We usually have units in stock and able to ship out the next day. If you email us at info@showerbay.com with your zip code we can get you a quote and shipping times ASAP. You can also fill out a Request a Quote form on our website https://www.showerbay.com

      Kind regards,
      Shower Bay Team

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