Some of us may find ourselves needing to redesign the house because of using a wheelchair and also in preparation to remain in their home as we get older. Along with the development of health technology, life expectancy has also increased, the challenge is how to make these senior people live at home comfortably without the hassle of others.
We will look at other important areas of the house to overcome bathroom accessibility. The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in your home. Bathrooms can present many challenges to access to people who use wheelchairs or need special accommodations.
The main goal in an accessible design is to make the bathroom space safe for everyone who uses the bathroom. The universal design can better accommodate wheelchair users and can make the bathroom more comfortable for all users and can be done many times without sacrificing style. It is important to carefully plan the construction or renovation of bathrooms that can be accessed by carrying out an inventory of users’ abilities and preferences.
SHOWER WITH FIXED CHAIR
Using a fixed shower seat in the shower can accommodate the users. Shower seats should be at a height of 17 “to 19”. This plastic chair can allow the bather to sit while taking a shower.
GRAB BARS IS IMPORTANT
Installing grab bars in all bath areas is a safe way to make the bathroom accessible to anyone. This bathroom is even equipped with slings to facilitate the movement of the bathroom user.
Although this bathroom is also made for users with special needs, the design and appearance of the bathroom cannot be ignored. Like the bathroom is quite safe to access by anyone but also but looks beautiful with dim yellow lighting.
WIDE OPEN WALK-IN SHOWER
The space in this bathroom is left open without skating to facilitate access for users who have special needs. While the walk-in shower is equipped with grab bars around the shower.
A COMFY BATHROOM FOR ALL
This walk-in shower has a bench which, if not used, can be folded. while in the sink area a bench is added so that bathroom users do not need to stand for too long, perhaps when brushing their teeth or drying their hair.
BATHROOM FOR WHEELCHAIR USER
This gray bathroom chair is spacious enough for wheelchair users. All equipment such as soap and sink are also made quite affordable for users with special needs.
FIXED SEAT IN WALK-IN SHOWER
This walk-in shower has a fixed bench and the laying of the shower control is also quite affordable if the shower user is bathing while sitting.
It is recommended to install at least one support rod on one side of the toilet at a distance of 18 “to the wall or nearest installation. So that the toilet can be used by anyone.
NON-SLIP FLOOR BATHROOM
A non-slip floor is one of the most important things to overcome when taking a bath so it doesn’t fall. Textured tiles like the picture above can provide a non-slip floor.
Also, pay attention to the laying of the towel rack or hook must be installed so that it is easy to dry the body before leaving the bathroom to prevent the floor from getting wet.
AN IDEAL TOILET FOR SPECIAL NEED PERSON
This is an ideal toilet placement with positioned between two support bars. Even the toilet paper dispenser at a comfortable height for the user.
Those are some ideas that can be used as references to design a bathroom that can also be used by people with special needs. There are also many lifts to look into that provide transfers in the bathroom such as hydraulic chair lifts, sling-type lifts, rolling transfer benches, drop-in tubs that have a platform that serves as a transfer bench, et cetera. Choose fixtures and fittings that are comfortable and convenient such as things that are easy to control with single hand motion and closed fist or motion control censored fixtures.