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How Do I Choose the Best Handicapped Shower Stall?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

Primary factors you should consider when choosing a handicapped shower stall are the size, price, and ease of installation. You should also look for additional features you might find convenient, such as wall storage or rails for easier sitting or standing. A slip-proof bottom is also a must, especially if you are prone to slips or falls.

One important issue you should keep in mind when choosing handicapped shower stall is the size. You'll need to make sure that it's large enough to fit a shower seat, if needed, and any other special equipment or aids you might need. If you are using such a seat or another device, it will also have to be spacious enough to allow you to move around and maneuver as you wash and rinse. The size of your bathroom is also important, since you'll also have to ensure that the shower is small enough to fit in your existing bathroom, unless you are able to expand the room itself.

Woman with hand on her hip
Woman with hand on her hip

There are also features you might look for in a handicapped shower stall. You might look for one with wall storage that is lower than usual, so you can reach from a shower seat for easy access to all soaps and shampoos. Some showers may also have rails on the walls to help you sit and stand with added support. Slip-resistant flooring is also a good idea, as it help makes falls less likely to occur. If you have pain, you may also consider a massaging shower head to help alleviate discomfort in your muscles or joints. The exact extras you look for may depend on your needs and physical limitations.

Price is also an important factor when choosing a handicapped shower stall. Adding a new shower can be pricey, but a specialized setup can be even more expensive. In some cases, insurance may help cover some expenses if the shower is deemed a medical necessity. To determine how much, if any, will be covered by your insurance provider, you will have to speak with someone working for the company who carries your coverage.

Ease and price of installation is another factor. There are some handicapped shower stall models that can be placed right into the area without a lengthy installation process. These usually take much less time and are much easier to install than other variations. They can be costly, but often no more than a higher-end conventionally constructed shower.

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