What is an ADA Shower?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, commonly referred to as the ADA, is a civil rights law stipulating that any public or commercial building must comply with ADA requirements and be accessible to those with disabilities. Therefore, an ADA shower is one that is sufficiently handicap accessible. Such showers typically feature wide openings, low thresholds, grab bars, and built-in seating.
One of the most common versions of an ADA compliant shower is a transfer shower. Measuring at least 36 inches wide, these units are designed to easily accommodate transfer from a wheelchair to a bath seat. Most modern hotel rooms are equipped with transfer showers, but they can also be installed in homes. Another type is an ADA roll-in shower. Measuring about 60 inches wide, roll-in showers are designed to allow bathers to enter the shower stall while remaining in their wheelchair.
Both styles of ADA compliant showers must have a finished threshold height of no more than ½ inch, but many have no threshold at all. They also feature both built-in seating and horizontal grab bars on the back wall and on the side wall opposite the seat. Other accessories that are required in order for a shower to comply with ADA regulations include a curtain rod, curtain, and a pressure-balanced mixing valve with a handheld shower wand.
Contact American Home Design
To learn more about ADA compliant showers, or to inquire about having a safety shower, walk-in tub, or other bathing component installed at your home, contact the team at American Home Design. With dozens of options to choose from, we can help you design a new shower or tub that complements your bathroom perfectly and also offers the safety, comfort, and peace of mind that you require.
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