Our top line recommendation is to install a dual shower head in your bathroom remodeling or renovation project.
Universal Design and Aging in Place
We approach our recommendation for shower heads from the main standpoint of this site, which is Universal Design and its subset of aging in place. And we start by (almost) ruling out two standard shower head options:
- The standard wall mount single shower head
- The top or ceiling mount rain shower head
So what is wrong with these shower heads? Nothing at all if this is what you want. But there are other considerations. With a fixed-position shower head a person needs to be able to stand for a while and maintain balance and physical coordination, perhaps with eyes closed.
For someone who has difficulty stretching or standing, this is an invitation to a dangerous fall, especially in wet and slippery conditions. Even people who are relatively young and fit have to pay attention to what they are doing.
So we recommend following Universal Design principles and the selection of dual shower heads for your project. This has every generation in the family covered.
Earlier we (almost) ruled out the fixed head type shower head. This is not to say that you shouldn’t have a single rain shower head in, say, the master bathroom, if that is what you prefer. But you should at least have a dual shower head in the guest bathroom.
And, guess what. You can have the best of both worlds with the rain shower head and hand held combo we show below!
DUAL SHOWER HEADS
In an aging in place scenario, shower safety is paramount. This means that a person showering must be able to do it while seated on a shower chair or bench as well as standing. And, if standing, a grab bar should be in easy reach.
This, in turn, means that the shower head must be able to be held in the hand as well as being adjustably mounted on a wall bar.
So the best arrangement is a dual shower head. One of them is a rain shower head mounted on a vertical bar, upon which its position can be adjusted for direction and height. The vertical bar can double as a grab bar.
The other shower head is handheld and is at the end of an approximately 6-foot hose. The alternate operation of these shower heads is controlled by a diverter valve. This switches the flow of water from one shower head to the other.
Both shower heads can be adjusted for spray type and volume.
Best Shower Experience for the Whole Family
It is easy to see that the dual shower head arrangement is the optimal arrangement for the whole family. The grandparents are safe, the younger adults and children get a decent shower, and the versatility of the handheld extension makes it easy to wash the family dog too.
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