Disabled Bathrooms - Bathroom Designs for Handicapped
When designing disabled bathrooms, make sure you include these four items. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in their bathroom. If everyone installed a few bathroom accessories, dangerous falls could be prevented.
Illuminate Bathrooms with the Right Lighting
Many accidents occur at night when people are less likely to consider turning on bathroom lights. They don't want the bright lights to wake them up, so they attempt to use the toilet in the dark. This leads to falls, head injuries and fractured limbs.
If you're adamantly against turning on the lights, install light-sensitive nightlights that come on only at night. They're dimmer but still illuminate the bathroom helping prevent accidents. Manufacturers also make toilet seat lighting that illuminates just the toilet seat and bowl helping you to find the seat without feeling around.
Non-Slip Flooring is Essential when Designing Disabled Bathrooms
Many bathroom falls are eliminated if you have non-slip flooring. Installing carpeting in your bathroom isn't a great idea. Moisture leads to mold and mildew. However, rubberized mats will not slip on linoleum or tile floors and provide good traction.
In the shower unit or bathtub, non-slip rubber bath mats or self-adhesive non-slip decals provide the traction you need on wet, soapy tub floors. You can find the self-adhesive traction decals in many home improvement stores.
Grab Bars Prevent Falls
Towel racks will not support a person's weight. Do not rely on them for support. Instead, install grab bars near your toilet and shower or tub areas. As a person gets up off the toilet or climbs out of the bathtub, they'll have a supportive bar to help eliminate problems with balance.
Most disabled bathroom grab bars support up to 250 pounds, but you can special order stronger bars if needed.
Walk-In Tubs Make Bathing Easy
Consider replacing your bathtub with a walk-in tub. The tubs are similarly sized to a standard bathtub, but they include a door that makes it easy for those with disabilities to get in and out of the bathtub. In addition, they have built-in seating where elderly or disabled people can sit as they shower or take a bath.If you cannot afford a walk-in bathtub in your disabled bathroom, purchase a water-proof seat that can be used in your tub or shower stall. Shower/tub seats cost little and make bathing much easier to handle.