There are numerous upgrades that can be made to a standard shower stall or bathtub to provide a safer and more enjoyable shower experience for the elderly. Some of the most popular shower upgrades for seniors include grab bars, shower chairs, non-slip bath mats, and hand held shower heads. While all of these shower upgrades can greatly improve shower safety, no other upgrade improves the usability of the shower more than the hand held shower head. In this article, we will review some of the most popular hand held shower heads for the elderly, discuss the benefits of the hand held shower head, and explain how to install a hand held shower head.
Best Hand Held Shower Heads for the Elderly
We have broken the various hand held shower heads for the elderly into several different categories in order to make it easier to find just the right hand held showerhead for your needs.
One of the most popular shower heads for the elderly on the market is the AquaDance High Pressure Hand Held Shower Head. It’s easy to see why, as the showerhead provides the perfect balance between a luxurious spa-like experience and a simple easy to use design. With its 6 water pressure settings including power rain, pulsating massage, power mist, rain massage, rain mist, and water saving pause mode it’s easy to dial in just the right shower setting. While also seamlessly maintaining a simple and easy to use design that is short on complication and long on convenience.
This hand held shower head features a single 4-inch chrome shower head that can be used both as a fixed mount shower head or as a hand held shower. This single shower head with dual functionality keeps things simple in the shower by using a single shower head to perform two separate functions.
The hand held shower head also comes with a 5-foot flexible stainless steel shower hose allowing seniors to shower in a standing or seated position.
Another popular hand held shower head is the ShowerMaxx Premium 6 Spray Setting Luxury Spa Handheld Showerhead. Much like the AquaDance model the ShowerMaxx model features a single shower head that can be used as both a fixed mount shower head or a hand held shower head.
In addition, the ShowerMaxx hand held shower head offers 6 spray setting providing a luxury spa-like shower including rainfall, circular massage, power massage, rainfall and circular massage, rainfall and power massage, and a water saver trickle mode. Ensuring that even the most discerning of seniors can find the perfect shower setting.
The ShowerMaxx also easily fits into most bathroom decors thanks to its high gloss chrome finish and classic traditional design.
If you are looking for the ultimate in luxurious spa-like shower experiences then you need look no further than the Aqua Dance 7 Inch Premium High Pressure 3-way Rainfall Shower Combo. Unlike other hand held shower heads for the elderly, this showerhead features two separate shower heads providing a truly spa-like experience while at home.
This AquaDance shower combo features a 3-way diverter and multi-setting spray pattern allowing for highly customizable shower experience. The main shower head is a fixed 7-inch rainfall shower head providing a wide spray pattern emulating a natural rain shower. Whereas the second shower head can be both a fixed or hand held shower head with a 4-inch face and multiple spray pattern options.
Even though you might be looking at hand held shower heads for the elderly from a purely practical and safety standpoint, the nice thing about the AquaDance Shower Combo is that it still feels like an upgrade and provides a high-end experience.
The AquaDance High Pressure 6 Setting 3.5 Inch Chrome Face Handheld Shower Head is the most economically priced hand held shower head on this list. But don’t let the lower price point full you as this shower head by AquaDance still provides all the quality and functionality you could possibly want.
This AquaDance shower head has a single 3.5-inch shower head that doubles as both a fixed shower head as well as a hand held shower head once removed from its angle adjustable mount. The shower head also features multiple spray settings more commonly found on more expensive showerhead models.
If you are looking for a more economical hand held shower head that still packs a lot of great features and quality in, this AquaDance shower head is a great choice.
Benefits of Hand Held Shower Heads for the Elderly
There are numerous benefits to the hand held shower head as opposed to the standard fixed mount shower head when it comes to the elderly.
- Provides more showering options if reduced mobility or impaired movement is an issue.
- Allows for showering from a seated position.
- Improves shower safety by preventing unnecessary stretching or bending.
- Provides greater independence for those suffering from reduced mobility.
- Allows for a more customizable shower experience.
Hand Held Shower Head Installation
There is no need to call a professional plumber or to purchase special tools to install a hand held shower head. In fact, the installation is really quite simple and easy.
The first thing you want to do is to remove the old shower head from the shower arm. To accomplish this you simple unscrew the shower head from the shower arm by holding onto each with a pair of pliers or channel locks. Don’t forget to put a piece of cloth between the tool and metal to prevent damage or scratching.
Once the old shower head is removed you want to clean up the shower arm threads at the end of the shower arm by removing any old pipe dope or Teflon tape. An old toothbrush makes a great tool for this task.
Once you have the threads on the shower arm clean you want to add new Teflon tape to the shower arm threads in order to prevent leaks between the shower arm and the new shower head.
Finally, its time to install the new hand held shower head. This is accomplished by screwing on the new hand held shower head to the shower arm using a pair of pliers or channel locks. Again don’t forget to use some type of cloth between the tool and the metal shower arm and shower head to prevent scratching or damage.
If you still have questions check out this helpful Youtube video on installing a handheld shower head.