Having an accessible bathroom is not limited to aging adults restrained to a wheelchair or people with disabilities. Homeowners remodeling their bathrooms have to reassess design considerations to best fit their needs as they age in their house. Common elements of a bathroom can present a risk to old people. This includes a low toilet and wet shower tile. But, installing a handicap bathtub or handicap showers can turn your bathroom into an accessible one.
You can maximize your ROI if you choose to future-proof your bathroom. You will avoid the necessary need to install handicap features in the future.
If you’re planning for a bathroom remodel today, here are some tips that you should consider to make it more accessible.
Add Clearance Under the Sink
In order for the person to roll up, a sink that is wheelchair accessible will need at least a 27-inch of clearance under it. The legs of a person will bump into the sink if there is no clearance under it. That person might not be able to access the sink. The faucet should be at least 32-34-inch off the floor. Also, it is vital to keep in mind that you have to hang the mirror of your bathroom low enough for a person sitting in a wheelchair to see himself. A bathroom remodel is the best chance to chance to fit the faucets on the side of the sink. This will help the seated person to easily reach it.
Stability Grab Bar and Hand-held Shower
A slider bar with a hand-held shower head improves accessibility and enables disabled people to maintain autonomy while using the shower. You can also prevent people from scalding themselves accidentally if you include a pressure-balanced and thermostat-controlled valve. One of the easiest features you can install to make your bathroom more accessible is a grab bar. This feature will help with stability while getting out and in the shower. You can opt for a colored grab bar that complements other accents in your bathroom if you want to avoid an institutional and sterile look.
Handicap Shower Bench and Curbless Shower Stall
If you’re planning a handicap shower, it is vital to guarantee design flaws are not impediments that restrict use or require help from a healthy individual. The handicap shower stall needs to be at least 3 feet deep and 5 feet wide. The shower shouldn’t have a curb. If you really want to install a shower curb, you can opt for a rubber one. In addition to that, one simple way to make your bathroom more accessible is to install an in-shower bench. This offers a safe surface for a person to groom him/herself and can enable people to rest if they feel lightheaded or disoriented while showering.
Wise Fixture Placement
The dimensions to the bathroom door are one crucial thing you have to think about. If you want to have a wheelchair accessible room, the door should be at least 32 inches wide. Also, it is vital to think about the fixture’s placement. You have to ensure that a person can easily maneuver.