Accessible Bathing Without Construction

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by Rachel Anderson, Program Coordinator

If you have looked into making your bathroom accessible for a wheelchair user, you already know that this can be a very costly investment.  Whether you are looking to install a walk-in tub or a roll-in shower, equipment and installation costs can be upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.  If this is the route you are going, here are some handy sites to check out before you start pricing tubs and/or contractors:  
     1.  Walk-In Tub Guide
But what if you are renting, seeking a temporary bathing solution, or simply can’t afford a new accessible bathroom?  There are plenty of portable showers on the market but many have flimsy shower curtains that end up spraying water everywhere or they don’t allow a person to roll in and out and bathe independently if they are able to. Recently I had the opportunity to witness a demonstration of a sturdier portable shower called Shower Bay.
Shower Bay is a portable shower designed to give wheelchair users a true shower experience without requiring dangerous wet-environment transfers or expensive home renovations. The design allows for quick assembly in any room of the home, and no tools are required.  The unit snaps together, and connects to a standard household faucet.  As water enters the unit through a deluxe showerhead, the user can bathe comfortably with or without assistance.  The water is then pumped out of the unit to any nearby household drain. 
The following image shows Shower Bay assembled in a household bedroom: