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Roughly one third of all adults over the age of 65 will suffer a minor or serious fall every year, and the bathroom is one of the places where accidents are most likely to occur in the home. If you want to improve the safety of your bathroom or the bathroom in a family member's home, modifying the shower head is a simple change that can go a long way in reducing the risk of accidental falls.
A medical shower head is a device that is used to make bathing easier and safer. The shower head is similar to the standard type found in most showers, but with one key difference. Instead of being mounted permanently in a fixed position on the wall, the medical shower head is attached to a hose. This allows it to be lifted off of its cradle and pulled toward the person who is bathing. If you have a handheld shower head, you can bathe yourself more easily without having to bend or change positions. You can also bathe while sitting on a shower seat or bath lift chair with the help of a handheld shower head. Caregivers often find it simpler to wash patients or loved ones with the shower head in their hand, and there is less risk of getting water or soap in the eyes or agitating the person with the water when you use a handheld shower head.
There are two main types of handheld shower heads. The first is just a single shower head mounted on a hose. This type of shower head is always used in the tub or shower, although it can usually be placed in a caddy or holder for traditional overhead use. Other accessories can also be helpful. The second type of handheld shower head has both a fixed head for overhead use and a hose-mounted handheld shower head. This type is an excellent choice for homes where multiple people use the shower or tub.
To select the right shower head, you'll need to take the length of the hose and the size of the hardware for installation into consideration. Make sure that the hose is long enough for your needs and that the shower head can be used with your plumbing. You can also compare features of the shower heads. Some have multiple spray settings that allow you to adjust the water pressure and force. Models may have built-in massage options for easing tension in sore muscles. You'll also want to check what type of controls the shower head has to ensure that you'll be able to operate it with ease.
Most handheld shower heads will come with instructions for installation. Be sure to follow these carefully to ensure best results. If you are uncertain as to whether or not you can install the shower head on your own safely, consult a professional contractor or plumber for assistance.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.