How to Make Your Shower Conversion Accessible for All Abilities

A shower conversion can be a great solution to create a more accessible and comfortable bathing experience for everyone. It is important to remember that even daily activities like bathing can pose challenges for individuals with different abilities.

Understanding Accessibility Needs

The first step towards creating an accessible shower conversion is understanding the specific accessibility needs of individuals. Traditional showers can pose challenges for people with different abilities, such as difficulty entering or exiting the shower, limited space, or lack of grab bars and seating options. An easier bathing experience can provide improved independence and safety for individuals with mobility issues or disabilities.

Assessing Your Existing Shower

Before starting a shower conversion, it is important to assess your current shower setup:

  • Evaluate entry points
  • Check your flooring for cracks or chips
  • Consider the space constraints in your bath or shower area
  • Take lighting fixtures into account when incorporating new elements
  • Identify potential barriers or areas for improvement

This will help you determine the scope of the project and what changes need to be made to convert your tub to a shower. Doing some initial work before speaking with an expert can help you in your decision when considering the safety features you want.

Designing an Accessible Shower

When remodeling your bath or shower, there are several key features to keep in mind:

  • Barrier-free entry
  • Spacious layout
  • Slip-resistant flooring
  • Grab bars
  • Seating options
  • Adjustable shower heads

Shower safety features and accessories can provide added convenience and safety. Designing your shower based on you or your loved one’s needs avoids potential slips and falls and makes showering easy for everyone. It is important to work with a professional to ensure that the design meets your unique needs, as you will be able to look at all of the options available to you.

Flooring and Drainage

Slip-resistant flooring is crucial in a bathing area to prevent falls. There are several flooring options to consider, most coming with the initial bath remodel. For instance, West Shore HomeĀ® bath remodels feature acrylic, non-slip shower pans that ensure a stable bathing experience. In addition to non-slip flooring, proper drainage is important to avoid pooling water and create a safer environment. When remodeling your bathroom, it is extremely important for the installation team to be educated on plumbing and general maintenance. If a shower has poor drainage, it could lead to mold growth and other issues down the road.

Entry Points and Accessibility Features

Entry points and accessibility features are important considerations for an accessible shower conversion. Low-threshold showers provide easy access for individuals with mobility issues. Wider doorways, pocket doors, or sliding doors can also be beneficial for wheelchair accessibility. With a wider shower space, eliminating the tub, you will have adequate turning space within the shower area.

Lighting and Visibility

Proper lighting is essential for an accessible shower. Bright, even lighting can enhance visibility and reduce the risk of falls. If the lighting in your bathroom is dull or in need of a total fixture replacement, making this simple change could drastically enhance your bathing experience. Additionally, incorporating natural light in the shower area can also be beneficial. Replacing old windows or adding new ones not only increases the natural lighting in your bathroom, but also makes for the ability to allow fresh air in.

CONVERTING YOUR SHOWER

Creating an accessible shower space is an important step towards inclusivity, independence, and safety. By understanding accessibility needs, assessing your current shower setup, and designing an accessible shower, you can create a more comfortable and safe bathing experience for individuals with different abilities. It is important to work with professionals and choose appropriate fixtures and accessories to ensure a successful shower conversion.

HIRING BATH EXPERTS

Consulting with professionals, such as accessibility experts or contractors, is important to ensure a successful shower conversion. Obtaining necessary permits and adhering to building codes and regulations is also crucial, which would all be handled when working with a professional remodeling company. Working with experienced professionals can help ensure that the design meets the unique needs of the individual.

West Shore Home ensures a seamless tub to shower conversion project from start to finish. Increasing the accessibility in your home can be achieved in as little as one day, cleanup included. Not sure if you’re ready for the remodel? Schedule a consultation with one of our experts to talk through the process. The free quote you will receive is good for 12 months, so you can choose when to start. Contact us today to learn more!