There are a variety of different shower heads that can help aid a handicapped person in showering. Some of these include:
Depending on the individual needs of a handicapped person, there is a design suitable. For example, for those with more mobility and independence, a handheld shower head or adjustable shower head would probably be the most useful. For those requiring a carer, it is possibly the mounted shower head. Of course those ideas aren’t for everyone so try them out and see what you think!
There are a range of adjustable shower heads that you can buy. Some are just your average, everyday, normal shower head that can be bent upwards and downwards from the base of the head and also be moved side to side. This style is the easiest to install and is also the most common type of shower head. However that does not mean that it is the most practical. Some are on an adjustable slider that can be moved up and down a pole fastened to the bathroom wall. This design gives some range of movement but there are other styles of adjustable shower heads that would better suit a handicapped user.
One such type that I am talking about is the shower head on an extendable tubing system. These can be bent and manipulated into the position that the disabled user needs it to be in. The tubing goes straight into the wall so there is no loose tubing that can become a hazard.
This type are usually fitted to the taps in the bathtub. This design is perfect if the bath has a seat in it as it makes it easier for the disabled user to wash themselves.
There are handheld shower head designs that are mounted high onto the wall and have to be taken down, however this is quite dangerous, especially as there will be lots of tubing that can become tangled and be a hazard.
This is quite a luxurious invention. These are mounted onto either the ceiling or above the bath and are usually of a big rectangular design. They provide a very wide area for water to come out of which means that they do not have to moved and indeed the user does not have to move as they are always completely under the flow of water. I believe that these are the best design for a handicapped user as they do not require any interference or have to be lifted and moved around. If the handicapped person has a carer then they will get very wet but again, they free up hands and are the least hazardous.
Most shower heads come with different settings for water pressures. Some even come with a massage setting! The mounted shower heads usually only come with the one setting however as they are designed as more of a feature so think carefully about what you are after.