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One of the American with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) law is to address the needs of people disabilities by adding grab bars, shower seats, and mirrors to public bathrooms. This kind of bathroom with built in accessories allows users with mobility problems to shower themselves independently. Just like any mundane task, individual with mobility restriction would also like to feel a sense of independence without worrying about needing assistance.
A bathroom with a shower for handicapped users need to be the correct type and dimensions based on the ADA requirements. The recommended type is a barrier-free model that has a low threshold. This can be classified as a roll-in-shower or a transfer shower stall. A roll-in-shower stall must have a threshold that does not exceed half inch in height. It should also be beveled or rounded.
With all of these requirements, it allows a wheelchair to roll inside the shower stall. On the other hand, a transfer shower allows a wheelchair user to be moved onto the shower chair or handicap bathtub without having any difficulty. In order to have the process move efficiently, the front of the stall area should be at least 48 inches at a minimum.
Having the correct dimensions is also important. A transfer shower stall must measure at least 36 inches by 36 inches. The chair for a roll-in-shower should be located as close as 3 inches from the edge of the wall. It should be 17 inches to 19 inches off the floor and have the capability of supporting 250 pounds of weight.
There are additional ADA requirement to make note of. This includes the installation of a hand held showerhead and anti slip flooring inside the shower stall. Horizontal and vertical grab bars must be present in the bathroom for safer movement to and from the shower.
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