Handheld shower heads can make showering easier and safer. They can also help an individual with FOP shower with reduced arm motion, get to hard to reach places, or have a caregiver assist them more safely. The best handheld shower heads have long hoses that don’t kink up, easy to operate switches and buttons on the head itself, variable spray patterns, and are also lightweight. You can find many different kinds of handheld shower heads both online and in local hardware stores. Most can be installed without a plumber and are easily replaceable if you live in a rental property.


This is one of the best handheld shower heads with a long hose for people with difficulty holding onto items. The grip is soft and textured, making it easy to hold onto without needing to squeeze it. It also has a built-in strap that keeps the person from dropping it. This could prevent a fall! It has a long 84-inch hose (which comes out to about 7 feet) for maximum movement without any tangles or kinks. The long hose will enable a caregiver to give support in the shower without getting wet themselves.  The on/off switch is easy to reach, located on the head itself, and easy to use with just a one-touch operation. It weighs about 1.6 pounds which will be light enough for independent use.


For individuals with limited arm mobility, it can be helpful to mount a holder lower in the shower to improve reach and functionality. This will also help make the shower work for every member of the household. 60 inches from the base of the shower is the recommended ADA height for wheelchair users or anyone who uses a shower chair. Having a holder can also reduce the risk of falls/trips over the cord.

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