Singing in the Shower

A great hand-held shower unit hits the right note in any accessible bathroom.

The right hand-held shower head provides the user with better control of where the water goes, and makes for an easier and more enjoyable shower experience.

The shower is something most of us use every day, and it can be a bit challenging when living in a wheelchair. The right handshower can make getting clean an easier and more enjoyable experience.

Ever since my spinal-cord injury (SCI) 13 years ago, I have appreciated the convenience of a handshower. This simple plumbing fixture allows me to shower independently from my shower chair. My husband and I have been shopping for a new handshower for the national demonstration home and garden we’re building in Columbus, Ohio, the Universal Design Living Laboratory (

I had the opportunity to check out the newest handshower models while speaking at the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association national convention and trade show in Hollywood, Fla. The selection of styles and features on a handshower can be overwhelming. These are a few ideas and models that can help take a little of the guesswork out of selecting which one is right for you.


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