Whether I’m closing a plastic curtain in a tub-and-shower combo or the plexiglass door of a walk-in shower, the ability to shower while traveling is something I enjoy … and generally take for granted.
When Carrieanna and I travel together, however, the type of shower available is a key factor in our choice of lodging. And I have learned that I must be VERY specific in my inquiries because “accessible” seems to have a very broad meaning in the lodging industry.
Due to her MS diagnosis, Carrieanna has limited use of her legs and her energy is easily diminished. So while she *can* sometimes transfer herself onto a shower chair in a tub-and-shower combo, the amount of extra energy necessary to make that transition is often not worth the trouble. In that case, she settles for a wet-washcloth bath – which is neither relaxing nor especially cleansing.
Her preference is a roll-in shower, but if it’s not conveniently configured even that is sometimes difficult for her to use.
Following are photos of a variety of “accessible” showers we have encountered over the past two years. Any traveler who needs an accessible shower will probably recognize the challenges some of these pose.
And for those who are travel companions to someone in a wheelchair, as well as travel agents who do not specialize in accessible travel, you may want to take note of the varied interpretation of “accessible” showers. Your wheelchair-using companion or client will be very grateful.