When choosing towel bars, soap holders, and even the bar on which a handheld spray slides, keep in mind that for a person who needs a support, anything within reach will be used, and consider specifying only those accessories that will hold the weight and function as grab bars if called on to do so. As previously illustrated, multiple manufacturers now offer accessories that incorporate the support into their design.
As with the tub, each client will approach and enter the shower differently (see Figure 8.43). While entering a roll-in shower is easier for many, it is still a wet area and support is impacted by the size of the shower and the location of the seat within the shower. Following are examples of suggested grab bar locations for several types of roll-in showers, with the priority being support within reach for the bather while operating the controls and entering, showering, and exiting (Figure 8.44).