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FAQs: Roll-in Showers

Can I use my regular wheelchair in the roll-in shower?

Do not use a power or manual wheelchair in the shower. The wheelchair will get damaged and is not safe. A shower wheelchair is water- and rust-poof and many have a commode option (open bottom seat convenient for personal cleaning). Transfer from your regular wheelchair onto a shower wheelchair to take a shower.

Person in a stationary shower chair holding on to grab bars
A stationary shower chair with grab bars provide a safer experience in the shower.

I currently have a standard 30″ bathtub in my home and my toilet is very close to the tub—can I put a roll-in shower in that space?

The minimum width for a roll-in shower is 30″ but spacing is very tight and may be uncomfortable. If possible, increase the width at least to 36″ for more room to maneuver inside the shower. 48″ width is optimal for roll-in showers.

Will a standard-sized shower curtain work in my roll-in shower?

A standard shower curtain is 72″ x 72″ and may not be long enough for a roll-in shower. The shower curtain for a roll-in shower should cover the opening and should be long enough to touch the floor. Small weights attached to the bottom of the shower curtain will help keep it in place.

Which is better, a folding or a free-standing shower seat/bench?

A folding shower seat mounted directly into the wall is more stable and less likely to tip. The wall behind the seat must be reinforced for safety. Although you can fold the seat when it is not in use, the seat will still be 3″–4″ from the wall. In smaller showers, a free-standing shower seat that you can remove from the shower when not in use is recommended.

Is funding or financial assistance available for roll-in showers?

In the U.S. and Canada, tax rebates may be available to help with home modifications for seniors and people with disabilities. Veteran affairs for both countries may offer financial assistance as well. Speak to a local dealer regarding different funding or financial assistance programs that may be available in your area.

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