Showers can be quite a challenge for people who are handicapped. Not being able to control the movement of the body makes it even more difficult and dangerous to navigate around the bathroom especially in the bathing area where it is always wet and slippery.
For people who are handicapped, or for those who have handicapped people living with them, the bathroom does not have to be a room in the house to fear. People can do some changes in order to make their bathrooms easily accessible to anyone especially those who are handicapped.
A lot of people may think that installing handles on the walls of the walk in shower is enough to make the bathing area a handicap friendly space. A handicapped walk in shower needs a lot of changes and has to meet certain standards in order for it to be safe enough for the handicapped to use.
The first important standard that the walk in shower should have is the right measurement. People who are healthy and able can move freely even in smaller walk in showers. Handicapped people however have to have enough space. The handicapped walk in shower should be able to fit in a wheel chair.
The reason for the big space is not only for wheel chairs. Handicapped people will most likely have someone else accompanying them in the bathing area. This is why the area should be able to fit in the wheel chair where the handicapped patients are sitting as well as the assisting person accompanying them in the bathing area.
The area of the walk in shower will depend on the size of the enclosure. The access of wheelchairs or handicapped rolling bathing chairs to the walk in shower will also depend on the measure of the door on the walk in shower enclosure. The door as well as the area of the walk in shower as a whole should be big enough for the wheel chair to move in and out freely.
For some instances, walk in showers for the handicapped have built in chairs so they don’t have to spend a lot of energy moving themselves and their big wheel chairs into the walk in shower. With the handles on the wall of the walk in shower, they can be guided to take a few steps from their wheel chair to the built in bathroom chair.
Another part of the handicapped walk in shower that has to be available is the moveable shower head which is the one attached to the hose. This should be within the reach of handicapped people, at the height when they are sitting down. This will make it easier for them to have access to water.
Handicapped people would find it difficult and risky to have to stand up to turn on the shower and stand again every once in a while to turn it off. This increases the risks of slipping and falling off balance especially if the handicapped patient cannot pull himself together.