Are you in need of a roll in shower for your home? Roll in showers are specifically designed for those with physical limitations that would inhibit them from stepping into a traditional shower. A person might need a roll in shower if they rely on a walker or wheelchair for movement. They are also used by the elderly and those who have anxiety bathing in a traditional shower.
Having a roll in shower installed in your home may enable you to age in place instead of moving to a facility with ADA roll in showers as you get older.
Let’s learn about the styles and features of roll in showers. Then, we will tell you about Woodbridge Shower and Bath can help you by creating a wheelchair-accessible shower for your home.
Types of Roll In Showers
Consider your expected needs when you hire a contractor to create a roll in shower in your home.
ADA Transfer Compliant
ADA Transfer Showers are designed so someone in a wheelchair could roll up beside the shower and transfer from a wheelchair onto the wall-mounted shower seat and be able to access the shower knobs from the seat. Your bathroom contractor should be familiar with ADA compliant showers and will be able to tell you if you have the square footage necessary to accommodate one that will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Alternate Roll In Shower
However, many roll in showers doesn’t necessarily meet ADA compliance. Instead, they are barrier-free entry showers for those with limited mobility. These types of showers provide easy access. However, the user may not be able to use the shower independently.
Features of a Roll In Shower
Ask your contractor about what features are available for your roll in shower. Here are some to consider.
Shower seats are typically found in a roll in shower. While you can purchase a stand-alone seat to place in a shower stall, accessible showers often have built-in seats. These permanently attached seats may range from a shower bench (or seat wall) that some high-end conventional showers have. Or you can have a folding seat installed on the side wall or back wall.
Of course, another helpful addition to a handicap shower is a grab bar. Grab bars need to be expertly installed, as they may be used for the transfer or to pull up from the floor after a fall.
Regardless of whether you are designing a shower that must be ADA compliant or an alternative roll in shower, both the bathroom floor and shower floor should be made with non-slip materials. Additionally, the trench drain and shower design need to prevent water from spreading across the room.
Contact Woodbridge Shower and Bath for Your Bathroom Accessibility Project
Converting traditional showers into an alternate roll in showers is not a typical DIY project. After all, there’s much more to creating a handicap-accessible shower than adding a few grab bars in a bathroom.
To learn more about roll in showers or to receive a quote for a tub to shower conversion, a complete bathroom remodel, or a handicap accessible bathroom in new construction, contact Woodbridge Shower and Bath. We have a lot of experience with accessibility projects, and we will be happy to create a safe, beautiful space for you or your loved one in your Texas home.