Handicap Bathroom - Disabled Shower - ADA Tubs and Showers
ADA tubs meet the strict recommendations set forth by the American Disabilities Act. Housing units and businesses that offer showers and baths to those with disabilities must ensure the users safety by using specific bathtub and shower sizes.
Bathtubs must be at least 60 inches long and 32 inches wide. Shower stalls should be 36 by 36 and have a shower seat available. Grab bars are required in both situations. By following these guidelines, those in wheelchairs find it easier to shower or bathe without too much additional assistance.
Features of ADA Bathtubs
ADA approved bathtubs have non-skid floors. Even wet, those standing in the bathtub will not slip. The addition of grab bars also helps with balance and mobility.
The standard ADA bathtub is wider and deeper than a traditional tub. They're designed to fit a shower seat. They're usually designed to be in the open rather than shoved into a corner so that getting in and out of the tub is easier.
Finally, walk-in tubs are highly recommended by the ADA. Walk-in tubs have doors that seal tightly to keep water in the tub, but once drained, the door opens making it easier for those with mobility issues to get in and out of the tub.
Learn more about brands of bathtubs that meet the ADA tub requirements. There are many on the market that offer impressive features.
ADA Tub Brands and Features
All-in-One Mobility sells a line of ADA bathtubs that fit a shower seat, grab bars and have dipped area on the side to make it easier to get in and out of the tub. Their size, 60 by 32 inches is narrower but easily replaces the tubs found in most homes.
American Standard Town Square ADA bathtub models feature built-in arm rests and are very wide at 72 by 42 inches. These tubs look like traditional soaker tubs, but the excessive width makes them ADA compliant.
Symphony walk-in tubs have built-in grab bars and a comfortable built-in seat. Depending on the retailer, many include the faucet and shower spray nozzle with the tub, so you're saving money on fixtures. The Sonata walk-in ADA tub has whirlpool jets to soothe muscle and joint pain.