When building handicap shower units, one important consideration is the use of shower curtains or glass doors. On the one hand, glass doors can be useful in the creation of the handicap shower units' floor space and wall area, but on the downside they can easily become a health hazard to those who struggle with movement or control of their limbs. Shower curtains hold similar dilemmas for the creator of handicap shower units.
In handicap shower units, the main benefit is that they can easily be moved out of the way, and then drawn across to allow privacy. This is beneficial when the handicapped person needs assistance in and out of the handicap shower space. Shower curtains are cheap to replace, so damage is not a major problem.
On the downside, curtains are not able to support any weight, so could be dangerous to a person with partial paralysis. Curtains also attract mold, which can be troublesome to clean.
Glass doors can be fitted to ground-level handicap shower units to create a shower area, rather than a wet-room. They also provide support to the handicapped person
Doors are not flexible, however, and they require some movement to draw them across the opening. They are also expensive to replace if they should become damaged.