The bathroom is perhaps one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for those with a disability. Traditionally bathrooms in the home aren’t built to accommodate wheelchairs and provide additional support. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to design (or upgrade) your space to create a handicap accessible bathroom.
It’s important to consider the space needed to maneuver a wheelchair when designing a handicap accessible bathroom. Even if you or your loved one doesn’t need a wheelchair now, planning ahead will give you the ability to meet future needs. This means providing adequate floor space for the bathroom door to be opened while the wheelchair is still inside the bathroom.
In order to access a sink in a wheelchair, consider installing a lower bathroom sink with space underneath.
Whether you or your loved one will be using their wheelchair to shower or not, sometimes even stepping over a small shower floor lip can be too much of a barrier. Rather, install a shower with a curbless entry to make getting in and out a breeze.
Let’s face it, shower walls are slippery even when they’re dry. Grab bars provide additional support and protection.
Getting in the shower is only half the battle. To help you or your loved one get clean, reaching the soap is essential. Installing shower shelves at a lower height will allow for easy access.
Sometimes you just need to wash where you need to wash. A traditional wall-mounted showerhead doesn’t give you a significant amount of control and flexibility. However, a handheld showerhead will let you reach and spray precisely the areas you want.
Interested in perusing your options for creating a handicap accessible bathroom? Talk to one of our design professionals today.