How To Prepare Your Bathroom For Disability Access
Whether you or someone in your family has a physical disability, it’s important you understand the necessary steps to prepare your bathroom for disability access. The Bath Haus has outlined some essential elements to consider for your bathroom remodel.
Shower Stools & Bath Chairs
Shower stools and bath chairs are used by people who have trouble standing for long periods of time while bathing. There are multiple options for shower stools and bath chairs including, bath chairs with arms and backs, folding shower stools and bath chairs, wall mounted shower stools, and corner shower stools. These products are intended for individuals who cannot use a regular bath or shower without support. These stools and chairs are light weight, can easily be removed, and some can even be folded and transported for travel. The shower and tub are where a majority of falls occur, so a shower stool or bath chair is one of the best investments you can make in order to make your bathroom more accessible.
Grab bars are a safety device that help people maintain balance and hold some of their weight while maneuvering. These bars help people who have difficulty sitting down or need help rising after being in a seated position. When grab bars are used in the shower, they help people transfer people in and out as well as help to prevent slips and falls.
Raised Toilet Seats & Risers
Raised toilet seats and risers are used with an already existing toilet to raise the height of the sitting area. Most raised seats and risers come with the option of having arms for additional support. These bathroom products are typically made from heavy duty plastic and come with padded seating for added comfort. These seats and risers help individuals with physical disabilities take the strain off of sitting and standing. Since most falls occur in the bathroom, adding a raised toilet seat or riser may help prevent unwanted falls.
Anti-slip products, including non-slip tape and anti-slip floor treatments, are used to provide better traction and reduce slipping on floors and hard surfaces. We recommend using these products in your bathroom if you’re worried about unwanted falls and injuries.
In order to accommodate a wheelchair, your bathroom doors will need to be wider. The width of a standard wheelchair is anywhere from 24-27”, so your doorway needs to be a minimum of 32” wide. If the wheelchair requires turning before it can enter the bathroom you’ll need a 36” wide doorway.
Bathrooms With Disability Access
Designing your bathroom for disability access ensures mobility and a higher quality of life for you and your loved ones. The Bath Haus believes it’s important to accommodate those with physical disabilities in order to make everyone’s surroundings safer. If you have questions about preparing your bathroom, contact a contractor / service professional from our directory.