8 Ways to Add Accessibility (Or Wheelchair Friendly) Shower Enclosures
Accessibility is key for your bathroom, especially when it comes to seniors and people with disabilities who may need special accommodations. Below are some tips on how to make your glass shower enclosure accessible.
1. Install Grab Bars and Rails
Easy to do and cost-effective, adding grab bars and rails is a great way to make using the shower simpler and safer.
2. Utilize Curbless Showers
A curbless shower is a great option for those who have a hard time lifting their legs. In addition to making your bathroom more accessible, it offers a unique look for your shower enclosure. Also, curbless showers makes the transition from wheelchair to shower easier.
3. Add a Shower Seat or Bench
For those who have a hard time standing for long periods of time, a shower seat or bench in your shower enclosure gives you a chance to relax. Allowing them to rest comfortably and safely as they bathe.
4. Create a Wider Doorway
Getting into the shower is half the battle, so why not opt for a wider doorway to make entry a smoother process. A strategically designed glass shower door could make all the difference when moving around your bathroom.
5. Design a Larger Space
If you’re designing your shower space to accommodate those needing a bit more help, make sure to provide enough room to get around comfortably. Glass shower doors already open up space, so use that to your advantage.
6. Use Non-Slip Mats
The shower is a slippery area. The majority of accidents in the bathroom occur while attempting to get in and out of the bathtub or shower. If you have a shower enclosure, adding non-slip mats right next to showers, as well as slip-resistant designs inside the space will go a long way in stopping potential problems.
7. Fasten a Sprayer Attachment for Your Shower-Head
A hand-held sprayer is a great option. This is especially helpful for those who will be using a shower seat or bench while taking a shower.
8. Put in an Emergency Phone or Button
If issue occurs, resulting in an injury, adding a waterproof emergency phone or button to your shower enclosure is a great way to alert others that you need help.
Taking these points into consideration will help people with feel safe in their shower enclosure.
If you’re looking to install a new glass shower door, contact Arrow Glass & Mirror today!
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