Hand Showers for Assistive Use
In 2010, the Department of Justice expanded existing ADA (Americans with Disabilities) laws to include accessible design for the physically disabled in public and commercial buildings called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This includes designing public bathrooms to be easily accessible for the physically disabled.
ADA-Compliance at Home
The accessible designs used for public bathrooms are also available for home use through retailers like Kingston Brass, who carry ADA-compliant home versions of bathroom accessories. The ADA laws require shower areas to provide seating, support bars, and hand showers in order to provide safe accommodations for bathing. While seated, a handheld showerhead can help an individual or caregiver to provide thorough cleaning with more control over water pressure and coverage than a wall-mounted showerhead.
Features to Consider in Hand Showers
When shopping for an ADA-compliant showerhead for home, consider a combination unit that has a handheld showerhead to provide easier bathing for the disabled while also offering a wall-mounted showerhead for non-disabled individuals in the home. With a combo showerhead or an additional handheld showerhead that can be mounted on the wall, support bar, or shower arm, everyone in the home gets a safe and effective option for bath time.
Other features in handheld showerheads include a built-in shut-off/trickle function to allow the user to shut-off the hand shower also a water range of three to six feet, which is plenty for a standard tub/shower combination with an added fold down shower seat or a transfer shower that is accessible to wheelchairs or other mobility devices. In addition to offering a safe option for the physically disabled, handheld showerheads also make shower cleaning much easier, especially in larger shower areas.
Whatever your preferences or needs, Kingston Brass has a variety of accessories that are ADA-compliant, easy to install, and can make a home bathroom more accommodating for everyone in your home. Shop our full line of hand showers today.