When adapting a bathroom for a disabled or elderly person there are several steps you can take to ensure the design and installation of the project is a success and that the adaptation has created a safer bathroom environment for all the users.
The fitting of a disabled bathroom can be an extensive technical project. Below, see our five-step guide to performing adaptions to your bathroom.
Bath and Shower Accessibility
Making your bath or shower more accessible for the disabled or elderly is an essential part of any accessible bathroom adaptation. Start by installing a rolling or fixed disabled shower seat or instead use a small plastic chair or stool which can be removed if there are people who will use the shower who still wish to shower standing up.
To enable users to walk into their bath, rather than climbing over the side, a walk-in bath would make an excellent investment, while grab bars can be incorporated into your bath or shower to make the bathing experience safer for people with limited mobility.
The sink in your bathroom should have room underneath to allow access to wheelchair users.
The sink basin should be mounted to the wall rather than on top of a cabinet, while bathroom products which you use at the sink, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, should be in a storage facility which is easily access from a wheelchair or at a height which is comfortable for elderly users. Nobody wants to be stretching or bending over to open cabinets.
To enable greater toilet access in an adapted disabled bathroom, a wall-hung disabled toilet can be installed at height suitable for those who will be using the bathroom. Further grab rails next to your toilet brings an additional amount of safety too.
Good lighting is imperative to ensuring the safety of anybody using a disabled bathroom. Light switches or dimmers should be lowered to make them easier to reach for wheelchair uses in your home. Also, light within your adapted bathroom for the elderly should be evenly distributed across the room.
Bathroom Safety and Access
Installing a nonslip floor is key to ensuring the safety of everyone using your bathroom. You can choose from a range of materials such as textured tiles and nonslip vinyls. Another safety option you should consider is a reclining bath lift.
To create an accessible bathroom you should make sure the door to the bathroom opens outwards rather than inwards, while widening the door frame to allow room for a wheelchair to enter creates even more access and room to manoeuvre in your adapted bathroom.