Top 5 Reasons to Get a Handheld Shower Head


Better Control for the Elderly or Disabled

While handheld showerheads provide benefits for people of all ages, those with limited mobility stand to benefit the most from this technology. While fixed showerheads can't be raised or lowered, most handheld models feature a hose that ranges from 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) or more. The long hose used on these showerheads makes them a convenient option for people who use a shower seat to cope with injury, arthritis or other physical limitations. By allowing elderly or disabled individuals to clean effectively while seated, handheld showerheads can help people retain their independence and shower without assistance. The added flexibility of a handheld showerhead also makes it easier for caregivers to bathe patients in their care by bringing the water right where it's needed. Families with aging or disabled relatives should consider adding these handheld units to provide a safe, accessible bathing experience for all members of the family.

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