ADA Showers - ADA Compliant Shower Stall - Handicapped Shower Units

Homeowners are best off investing in an ADA shower. These showers meet rigid specifications regarding showers for the disabled. For a safe shower stall that offers enough room for shower seats and wheelchairs, ADA compliant shower units are best.

Safety Features You Want with an ADA Shower Stall

Make sure the shower stall floor is non-slip. The walls should be easy to clean and free of anything that could get in your way. If storage is built into the wall, make sure it is in a location that does not impede wheelchair movement or the placement of your shower chair.

Grab bars are mandatory. The best ADA shower stalls provide horizontal and vertical grab bars. Grab bars outside of the shower area are also recommended.

ADA Specifications for Showers

To have an ADA compliant shower stall, it must meet the strict requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of the leading ADA compliant rules is that there must be grab bars on the back wall and one the wall that's opposite the shower seat. If the shower is meant for a roll-in wheelchair, all three walls must have grab bars.

All ADA compliant shower stalls must have a folding or non-folding shower seat. If the shower is going to a roll-in shower for a wheelchair, the shower seat must be a folding chair that is easily folded out of the way of the wheelchair. Shower seats must be 17 to 19 inches from the bathroom floor and must be within 3 inches of the edge of the shower wall. To meet ADA specifications the shower seat must be able to hold 250 pounds.

ADA specifies that transfer type shower stalls must be a minimum 36 by 36 inches within the shower. There must be at least 48 inches outside of the shower stall to allow for transfer from wheelchair to shower seat.

For roll-in shower stalls, the dimensions must be a minimum 36 by 60 inches. Per ADA specifications, there must be at least 36 inches in front of the shower for the wheelchair to enter the shower area.

Showerheads must include a hand-held showerhead with a hose that is 59 inches or greater. The shower water must be regulated so that it is not hotter than 120 degrees F.

Thresholds for ADA shower stalls cannot be higher than ½ inch and should be beveled or rounded. If you use a shower door, it must be wide enough to not obstruct in the transfer from wheelchair to shower chair or to prevent a wheelchair from entering the shower area.

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