Thousands of people struggle with a basic task every day that most of us take for granted. For those people in wheelchairs or who have other mobility challenges, the simple task of getting in and out of the shower or tub is not so simple. Instead this task becomes either impossibility or a safety hazard.
If you have a family member with limited mobility, you understand the importance of designing a bathroom that allows for easy access. Having enough room that allows wheelchair access and having the counter and sink at a height that is wheelchair accessible are both important considerations. Just as important is the shower. Delta has now expanded its shower line to include showers that have universal design zero-threshold shower bases. Simply put, the shower entrance is flush with the floor, allowing for both walk-in and wheelchair access. This is welcome news to many people.
The showers are a stylish and cost-effective home improvement solution to a complete bathroom remodel. The zero-threshold showers feature an acrylic base with high-density Styrofoam and PVC backing. It is reinforced with aluminum. An integrated trench drain can handle up to six gallons of water per minute. Another nice feature that Delta thought of was to make the floor textured so that it is slip resistant. You have a choice of two sizes for the shower: 39” x 39” or 63” x 39”.
Any home remodeling company will be able to help you with the shower installation and should be able to offer you other safety tips, as well, to be sure your bathroom is accessible. A few other tips to consider:
- Install grab bars in the tub/shower and next to the toilet.
- Install non-slip flooring.
- Install towel racks at an appropriate height.
- Plan for easily accessible storage for toiletries and other supplies.
Planning for the safety of your loved ones is an important consideration if you are making some modifications are undertaking a bath remodeling project. And exploring some of the new product lines on the market may give you the peace of mind you need.