How to Design a Disabled Bathroom

Disabled bathroom design is essential in any home especially if an older family member or other family member struggles with mobility. A disabled bathroom can provide the perfect solution by incorporating disabled facilities into your home. It’s important to provide everyone in the home access to the facilities and make them comfortable. A disabled bathroom can also be as stylish and as effective as a regular bathroom. Here are some of the best ideas for disabled bathroom design.

Handrails and ramps. A disabled bathroom design should accommodate wheelchair access to all areas including the toilet, shower and bath. There are plenty of stylish options when it comes to ramps and hand rails. Handrails should also be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs without creating an obstruction. A wider approach to ramps and hand rails will increase safety and make the area safer.

Bathroom with specially designed lifts. If your disabled loved one doesn’t have full use of their legs, then they will require assistance to get in and out of the bath or shower. You might also have a person who has difficulties entering and exiting the toilet. In this case, you can consider installing a specially designed lift that can access the entire floor and move along a narrow corridor within the bathroom.

Level access. Another essential element of a disabled bathroom design is easy level access to the shower and toilet. The quickest way to develop this kind of accessibility is to have a tiled disabled space or walk in shower. Alternatively, consider the option of installing a low level access shower or bath, which provides both improved visual experience and comfort.

Grab rails. Achieving optimal disabled bathroom design means that you take all reasonable steps to ensure that disabled individuals cannot bump into doors or furniture. It’s not enough to simply have grab rails: they must be wide enough to provide security and confidence. Look for grab rails that are custom made to reduce the risk of falling, as well as providing a firm and secure surface to place the wheelchair or scooter on.

Post shared areas. As part of any disabled bathroom design, you must ensure that there are no spaces where members of the public can step over other people or into the shower area. One common mistake is to place grab bars or high shelves near accessible toilets or showers. This is incredibly dangerous, as it allows anyone to enter the area, even if they are not disabled and leave things lying around such as keys, bottles or other substances.

Appropriate taps for a visually impaired bathroom. People with visual impairment will require different types of taps than those who do not, so make sure to identify and measure your existing bathroom before purchasing new ones. Faucets should not be higher than the railings, and the holes in the taps for the drain should be smaller than those for the tap. If you already have a fixed shower rail, use the same holes for the taps; otherwise move the shower rail to accommodate the holes. Use a rubber stool under the sink to prevent water from soaking the floor; also make sure that the floor is damp proof to prevent water seeping onto the floor.

Level access. With a wet rooms addition, you are able to gain access down to the bottom level of the bathroom. Previously, disabled users had to exit through an access door or lift, and then climb a set of stairs to gain access down to the bottom. With wet rooms, lifts and other vertical access barriers can be installed to lift people up, and to make the staircase easier. These are important features to any bathroom, and you need to consider them when fitting a wet room.