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Plumbing Fixtures

Sinks, showers, and toilets that are easy to use.

What does it do?

There are lots of ways to make your kitchen or bathroom more accessible. You might move counters or cabinets to a better height, put in grab bars or shower chairs, or leave wide paths to navigate over non-slip floors. You might also make changes to the plumbing fixtures themselves.

Plumbing fixtures include things like sinks, showers, and toilets. You can ask for more information about these items at your local hardware or home improvement store.

What kinds of plumbing fixtures are there?

Barrier-Free Entry

Traditional showers and bathtubs often have edges that you need to step over to enter. Alternative options, such as walk-in tubs and roll-in showers, may be safer and easier for many people.


Wall-mounted sinks allow a wheelchair user to pull right up under the sink to reach the faucet comfortably.

Lever Handles

Choose sink and shower fixtures that use a lever design. These require less force and grip to operate than round knobs. Consider fixtures that say they are “ADA” compliant or advertise one-handed use.

Automatic Activation

Some toilets and sinks use sensors to detect motion. Then they automatically activate without you pressing a button. This method can be used to turn on water or to flush a toilet.

Handheld Shower Head

Handheld shower heads give you better control over the flow of water. They can be helpful for showering while seated, or for washing another person without getting yourself wet.


Bidets are a way to clean yourself after using the toilet. They spray water. Bidets can be a helpful plumbing feature for those who have difficulty reaching to wipe themselves. You might be able to install a bidet attachment onto your existing toilet.

Wheelchair next to an open shower stall with a bench and handheld nozzle.

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

walk in tub, roll in shower, ADA faucet, automatic sink, automatic toilet, bidet attachment

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


We can't lend out items that need to be installed in your home.

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Caitlin McKenney

Caitlin is an assistive technology specialist with experience working with students who have multiple disabilities and complex access needs. She runs TechOWL's used equipment and emergency preparedness programs. Caitlin enjoys learning about new tools and helping you make your technology work for you!

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