Bathrooms: ShowersBy AARP.org,
Publication Date: March 2, 2004
Article discusses walk-in showers as accessible alternatives to bathtubs. According to the article, replacing a tub with a walk-in shower is relatively simple as most of these showers come in one ready-to-install unit, and some newer models fit in the space where the bathtub used to be and even have a drain that lines up with the old bathtub drain, making it unnecessary to move pipes. However, showers made for people in wheelchairs take up more space than conventional bathtubs. A seat that folds down for use and flips up against the wall of the shower stall is recommended, as are grab bars for added safety and a hand-held showerhead for use when sitting on the shower seat. An old shower can be similarly outfitted with a hand-held showerhead and a seat mounted on the shower wall and secured to the wall studs.
Published by: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) (Website:http://www.aarp.org)
Link to text: http://www.aarp.org/families/home_design/bath/a2004-03-02-b-showers.html