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What bathtub features are good for disabled persons?

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Bathtub features for the disabled include sturdy metal grab bars, a showerhead that can be disengaged, nonslip flooring, wide doors, and lever faucets and valves that can be turned on without having to grip them. Some companies manufacture bath lifts that facilitate easier entry into a bathtub.

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Wall-mounted shower seats are also available that fold away when not in use. Metal grab bars that are installed parallel to the floor as well as a vertical grab bar within the bathtub area, provide a way to steady a user and prevent slips and falls.

A showerhead that is not fixed provides more flexibility for a disabled user. It should be installed at a height that is easily reached from a sitting position and easily accessible without having to stretch. Entryways to the bath should be least 32 to 36 inches wide in order to facilitate the use of a walker or wheelchair.

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