How To Make Your New Shower ADA Accessible

Written by bprescottFebruary 6, 2012
a handicap accessible shower

 Adding accessibility to your shower

Shower units that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are designed for people with limited physical abilities or those confined to a wheelchair. The key to their design is a low threshold so that you can enter them without an obstacle or so that a wheelchair can be rolled into them. These showers are usually one-piece units with integral grab bars and a built-in or fold-up seat. A person in a wheelchair should be able to roll up next to the shower unit, adjust the controls to the right water temperature from the outside, and then use grab bars to transfer to the seat inside the shower unit. The faucet control should be a single-lever handle and include a hand shower that can be operated by someone seated or standing.

You're not going to find too many examples of ADA-compliant shower units at retailers, but you can find them featured on manufacturers’ Web sites, such as Kohler.com (www.kohler.com). Use Kohler’s search boxes to refine the search by specifying “ADA compliant,” and you'll narrow the selection. The sites also have the cost of the units, installation requirements, specifications, rough-in dimensions, and the actual installation manuals- all valuable planning material.

 

From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

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