Life can be pretty tough if you can’t fulfill basic needs such as going to the bathroom. If you or a loved one has special requirements, your bathroom must meet those needs so everyone can live comfortably. There are a few steps to take to ensure your bathroom is much more accessible, easy to use, and comfortable enough that you feel independent when using the room. Here are our tips.
- Invest in a convertible bathtub
For anyone who has trouble walking or are in a wheelchair, tubs are one of the most difficult things to access. Unlike normal bathtubs, a convertible bathtub comes built with a swinging door, taller walls, and a built-in seat. All of these aspects make it easier for people to step into and out of, and even sit down in if they feel they need to.
- Invest in a Walk-in Shower
If your loved ones cannot get into a tub or are in a wheelchair, walk-in showers remove all kinds of barriers from those who need to get clean. Your loved ones won’t have to leave the wheelchair or be forced to walk over a bathtub wall or a curb. Most walk-in showers also come with a built-in seat for those who want to sit while they shower. This renovation when it’s under construction should be big enough to accommodate this chair or a wheelchair. Too small of a renovation will only lead to bigger problems!
- Adjust the Toilet and Sink Heights
Toilets and sinks need to be accessed too! Usually from the seated position is where the most trouble can arise. For this renovation, it’s best to replace the toilet either with a longer base or an addition beneath the base. This addition will raise the unit several inches, granting greater access to those who need it.
In addition to raising the toilet seat, the sink should also be increased or decreased in height. This task is especially necessary should the people who need to go into the bathroom use a wheelchair. The sink should be low enough to access from a seated position if need be. Add faucets that are easy to reach and operate from a seated position as well.
Opting for a pedestal sink and removing any under-the-sink cabinets will allow a person to get as close to the sink as possible. If the person in question can walk, however, but has trouble bending their knees, then installing a higher sink would be the best option.
- Add Extras
There is now a variety of stylish and functional extra options to make your accessible bathroom all the more usable. A lot of these extras you can add without needing to make major renovations or adjustments. Why not use one or more of these features in your bathroom in the future?
- Grab bars
- A removable shower head with a long hose
- Motion-sensor or easy pull/push sink handles
- Add Light Sensors
Most people who need access to the bathroom have a barrier in their way, such as arthritis. These conditions can make even flipping a light switch on and off to be painful. Some people even find this switch to be difficult to find, especially if for any reason they need the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Light sensors, or automatic lighting, is a good thing to install into your accessible bathroom for these reasons. This type of lighting can help reduce pain, improve visibility, and provide convenience when entering and exiting the room.
Need assistance with remodeling your bathroom? Accessible You has several options to best serve your loved ones’ needs. Give us a call today if you’d like to see our products and/or if you require assistance with improving accessibility in your bathroom.