Picking out ADA compliant shower head/handheld combos is important when upgrading the aging-in-place home. There are many different factors that play into picking the perfect shower system. One aspect to consider is weight. If your loved one struggles with arthritis or has trouble lifting heavy objects, the shower head has to be light enough for them to use. Making sure it is made with lightweight materials is important. Another important aspect to consider is water pressure. As they grow older, your loved one’s skin may become more sensitive, so paying attention to the flow is crucial. Low-flow shower heads are a great selection, and usually run at a 2.5 or less gallons per minute rate. Function controls are another piece of the puzzle to finding the perfect ADA handheld shower head. You should make sure that the location of the faucet and valves are in a spot that is easy to reach – as well as easy to turn without using too much force.
The Best Delta Shower Head/Handheld Combos
One major feature that I love about all of these Delta shower head/handheld combos is the Touch-Clean spray holes. Each Delta shower head is equipped with soft, rubber spray holes that allows you to wipe away build up just with your finger. This makes it extremely easy for your loved one to clean their shower head without having to bring in cleaning supplies or straining themselves.
This shower head/handheld combo is a great example of a certified ADA and lightweight product. It’s made from plastic with a polished chrome finish, and weighs only 1.45 pounds. This shower head has 7 spray settings: full body spray, fast massage spray, full spray with massage, drenching spray, soft drench with full spray, soft rain spray, and pause. This versatility plus the 2 GPM flow rate makes it easy for your loved one to find the perfect setting that won’t hurt their skin. One aspect that I love is that the shower head holder attached to the wall can be adjusted to the perfect angle easily.
The Delta H2Okinetic In2ition Shower Head comes in two water flow options: 1.75 GPM and 2.5 GPM. Depending on your loved one’s wants and needs, you can pick a shower head with the water pressure that works best for them. This shower head provides 3x the water coverage than the average head with larger water droplets, so it works great in a home with a larger shower. This combo features a shower head and handheld option in one – but the unique feature is that they can be used at the same time. It has a magnetic docking port so the handheld shower head can be attached securely to the mounted head, or they can be separated to use both at once. The Delta H2Okinetic has 5 spray options: power drench, full body, massaging, full body with massage, and pause. This combo is a bit heavier, at 3.94 pounds, so keep that in mind when considering it.
This Delta shower head/handheld combo is a great blend of the two shower heads mentioned above. It has an innovative 2-in-1 design, with a detachable shower head and hose that can be used separately or placed in a secure dock. One feature I really like is that you can choose if you want just the handheld shower wand to be running water, or both shower heads at the same time. This shower head combo has 4 spray settings: full body spray, fast massaging spray, full body spray with massage, and pause. Where the H2Okinetic shower head was a bit heavier, this one weights only 2.45 pounds and has a water flow pressure of 2.5 GPM. There is a flow restrictor inside of the shower head that lessens the water pressure, but it can be removed for stronger pressure.
This shower head combo gives you the best of both worlds with a stationary rain head and a handheld shower head that can be used separately or together. It’s available in two different water pressure levels, 1.75 GPM and 2.5 GPM. The handheld shower head only weights 9.4 ounces, around half a pound, so it is extremely light and easy to hold up and use. This Delta shower head combo uses strong magnetic docking to keep the handheld wand securely in place. There are 5 spray settings: PowerDrench spray, full body spray, massaging spray, shampoo rinsing spray, and pause. The pause setting maintains the temperature of the water while reducing it to a trickle for shaving or lathering. There are three water modes so your loved one can choose to have just the rain shower head running, just the handheld wand running, or both together.
What should you do now?
There are many factors to consider when choosing a shower head/handheld combo for the aging-in-place home that is ADA compliant. The weight is important, to ensure that your loved one can easily hold the handheld wand without strain. You also want to check the water pressure, as stronger pressure can be rough on sensitive skin. Making sure that the shower valves and function controls are easy to reach and maneuver is also key. There are many options to consider, but I hope this guide made it easier to narrow down the list!
Let me know how you make out and, as always, leave your questions in the comments section below. I’ll be happy to give you the answer and help in any way I can.
Good luck with your next aging-in-place home project.
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