One of the supremely difficult thing to do when you are a disabled person is taking a bath. When you are a person with disability, using the bathroom is part of your worrisome daily routine, even to the people who takes care of you. Everytime you use the bathroom, you are faced with the common dilemma on how to use the shower, toilet or bath tub.
A disabled persons have special needs that is fitted to their condition. One of these special needs are special bathrooms designed to aid disabled persons manage their bathroom experience. Disabled bathrooms and similar products are now readily available on the market worldwide to cater the needs of these kind of people who needs extra-special attention at home and even in public places.
How should a disabled bathroom from Trinity Living be designed?
Well, we have to think through of the safety more than the style in designing disabled bathrooms. Yes, your bathroom may be stylish, but is it suitable for disabled persons who will use it? Other than safety, ease of access and ease of usage is another key to a good bathrooms for the disabled. If you want to have your own bathroom for your disabled family member, you need to achieve safety, quality and style in order to give the best for your loved ones.
Here are the best features of bathrooms perfect for use of people with disabilities:
- Bathroom door
For ease of wheelchair movement, bathroom doors should be wide. The ideal bathroom door is at least 3.5 feet wide. With this kind of bathroom door, moving in and out of the bathroom would never be stressful anymore. Bathroom door should also be open outwards and not into the bathroom area. In this case, the person comes to a fall near the door, you can still go in and help. Lever door knobs are also ideal for the bathroom door.
- Non-slip floors
Wet bathroom floors post danger to disabled persons knowing that they are restricted when it comes to movement and balance. Disabled bathroom floors should have non-slip floors to ensure safety. Non-slip floors are also suitable for wheelchair movement.
- Handrails or grab bars
Handrails or grab bars are really helpful features to be installed in disabled bathrooms. It assists the disabled persons or even aged people to move around without difficulty as they go in and out to use the toilet or the shower area.
- Toilet bowl
Standard height toilet seats would definitely give a disabled person a hard time transferring from the wheelchair to the toilet and vice versa. The toilet bowl seat must also be at the ideal height for the disabled or handicapped user. A toilet bowl seat that is about 17-inches above the floor level would be user-friendly as it will make the user’s back and knees more relaxed.
- Accessible sink
The hand wash basin must meet the standard bathroom sink height for the disabled that is a depth maximum of 6.5 inches. A 30 inch- width and a 19- inch depth is also needed for the knee clearance. Ideal faucet handles are lever, touch or motion-sensor type.
Walk-in showers are now readily available in the market. A pressure-balanced lever is also great in order to ensure safety from scalding. Another wise idea is a hand-held showerhead other than the fixed shower head as it will give ease for users with restricted ability to move.