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Adapted Bathrooms

Adapted Bathrooms

Adapted accommodations are one of the ways of ensuring that older and disabled people can live their lives comfortably and independently. Given that the purpose of adapted accommodation is independence and comfort, one of the areas of the home that requires concerted effort concerning modification is the bathroom.

Apart from the need for independence and privacy in the bathroom, there is also a concern for the safety of disabled people. Thus, this article will review the different ways through which we can make bathrooms safer and more comfortable for people with disabilities.

Installation of Grab Bars

Grab bars are some of the non-negotiables when modifying the bathroom for a disabled person. It allows them to balance and provides support for them in the bathroom. When getting a grab bar, ensure that you get the type that is screwed into the wall and not an adhesive type. These types of grab bars are stronger, and sturdier and can also provide better support. You should also rate the grab bars to meet the weight of the person that wants to use them.

You should also ensure that the grab bars are well-textured as this makes them easier to grab. The same thing goes for the clamp-on bars on the sides of the bathtub.

The installation of grab bars should be on the two sides of the bathroom, and about 36 inches apart. This helps provide the needed support for disabled people.

Increase the Toilet Accessibility

As per the directives of the American Disabilities Act, toilets should be about 17 to 19 inches high. When the toilets are higher, it makes it easier for disabled people to sit on them and stand up from them after use. It also makes it easier for disabled people to move to and fro the toilet from their wheelchairs.

While this type of modification can be difficult or expensive to do, you can opt for a cheaper option such as raising the height of the toilet seat. You should also make the toilet paper stand easier to reach and more accessible. If people have to turn or twist to reach the toilet paper, then it is not safe for a disabled person.

You can also make sure that toilet accessories such as soap, sponge, sanitary pad, and the like are placed in an easily accessible area of the toilet.

Shower and Shower Stalls

First off, you need to ensure that the shower stalls have no curves so that disabled people can easily wheel into the shower without any difficulty. The shower stalls should also not be less than five feet wide and about three feet deep. You may also need a shower seat for the shower. Remember that the shower seat could be slippery, so a grab bar is necessary for the shower chair too.

Lastly, you can consider a hand-held shower for people with disabilities. This type of shower makes it possible to maneuver water and get different parts of the body washed with little or no difficulty.

There is no reason why the bathroom should be a dangerous place for people with disabilities as long as necessary modifications have been made.