If you have to start using a wheelchair, there are a lot of changes that you will have to make to your house so that everything is accessible to you. That includes changing around the shower. There are several things that you can do that will make your shower usable again.
Roll-in Shower Enclosures
One option is to have a roll-in shower enclosure. These enclosures have sides, a completely open front, a seat, and usually a hand shower attachment. Your shower may have a fixed shower head as well as a hand shower attachment. You can roll straight into these showers, transfer onto the shower seat, and then get back into your wheelchair when you are done. You will probably need to have some kind of curtain or door at the front of your shower. You want this for a couple of reasons. One is that it will help keep the water in the shower enclosure and the other is that you are still going to want privacy. When you become a wheelchair user, you may have to sacrifice some of your privacy, but you don't have to sacrifice any here.
There are various kinds of shower doors that you can use on your new roll-in glass shower enclosure. One thing you are going to have to worry about is taking up any of the space at the front. The whole point of having the roll-in shower is that it is accessible to you when you are in your wheelchair. Taking any kind of space out of the front of the shower enclosure will make that more difficult for you. Luckily, there are different kinds of shower doors that you can use so that you can have the full space possible. One of the options you have is to use a folding shower door.
The folding door is usually made up of PVC segments with a flexible connector in between the panels. This allows the door to fold up just like an accordion. There is usually a track along the ceiling and the floor for the door to follow so that the door doesn't go all over the place when you open or close it. The floor track isn't high enough that it will cause you any problems when you are rolling into the shower. The door will be openable on both sides, so if you need help, someone can open up the door to get into and help you.
Using a wheelchair can give you back the freedom that you may have lost. Making sure your house is accessible can make everything that much easier for you.Share
26 May 2016
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