I didn’t know handicapped shower heads exist until I started reviewing wheelchairs. And it’s not like they advertise them on TV, like the electric wheelchairs. They are for people who can stand up, but need some extra balance while showering. They comes with a hose that you connect to your regular shower head pipe and then clamp to your regular shower arm.
Handicap shower head is not a must have for everybody but might be good to know about it if you or someone you know is injured and can stand, but need a little extra balance support while showering.
You can find them in various shapes and sizes. The most common one looks like a regular shower head, but with a hose attached to it. Some of these hoses are really long (over 3m/10ft), while some others might be too short for you. My personal favorite is the one that looks like a regular shower head, but with a plastic bag permanently stuck to it. You just put your leg into this bag and then use the hose to wash your feet. The best thing is that you can’t see my wound while I’m washing it, because everything is inside of this plastic bag. This is the only one I found that is shaped like this. The other ones are all in the shape of a regular shower head, but with some sort of hose attached to them.
My experience using these handicapped shower heads was that they work really well, if you can get used to it. It’s not something you need right away after your surgery because for most people, they can stand up and take a shower just fine. The only time you might need something like this is after your skin grafts have taken hold and you get some extra balance support while showering.
Another option is to use a shower chair and place it next to an existing bathtub. With my injury, I’d be very concerned about slipping and falling if you were using the system attached to an existing bathtub. The added weight of the bag might just be too much for that type of set-up.
Yet another option would be to use a shower chair, but install a hand held shower head on it instead. This way you can still control your direction and amount of water flow while seated in the shower chair, rather than having to stand or lean forward to get to a fixed shower head.
Of course, if your injury makes it impossible for you to safely sit in a regular shower chair, then the hose system would be a good choice.