Accessibility is a major factor and contributor to how well we live as humans. It doesn’t matter whether you are suffering from mobility issues, have a relative with a disability, or you are an elderly person, we are all affected. We all want to move around freely in our homes and this often determines how comfortable we will be.
If your home or certain parts of your home are inaccessible, there is a high chance you wouldn’t want to stay in that house. Some major modification for easy home accessibility should be undertaken. However, the bathroom is one place that requires close attention. If a bathroom is accessible, there wouldn’t be concerns about safety and functionality. Also, it makes it easier for you to move in and out and makes life easier for the caregiver.
It doesn’t matter what your motive for improving bathroom accessibility is, there are so many ways and options available for improving bathroom accessibility, we will be discussing a few:
Expand the bathroom entrance: The standard size of a bathroom doorway does not make life easy for someone on a wheelchair. By expanding or increasing the dimensions of the doorway, it becomes easier for someone on a wheelchair to cone in and out. You could also consider incorporating a door handle or knob so that opening and closing the door wouldn’t be difficult.
Make your bathroom a wet room: The tub and shower often poses the biggest obstacle to people in the bathroom. It isn’t easy to access them and there is a high risk of a fall or trip. To prevent this, you may simply convert your bathroom to a wet room. You can do this by installing tiles all over the place so that you can have easy access to the shower. By doing this, you reduce the difficulty and challenges faced by people with mobility issues.
Non slip flooring: Slips and falls occur at home more than other forms of accidents. We can reduce the chances of this occurrence by installing non slip flooring or a mat. There are different options available depending on the needs of a bathroom.
Automatic lighting: Switching lights on and off is usually challenging for people with mobility issues. One way to ease this burden is to move the height of the lighting. A better option is to install automatic lighting such as motion senior lights. Automatic lighting turns on and off by itself as soon as it senses the presence of a human being. This also means there would be no need to reach for switches.
Make Height Adjustments: For people on a wheelchair, the height of a regular bathroom fixture poses a huge challenge. By adjusting the height of the sink, it becomes easier to reach. The toilet height isn’t an exemption, it must be adjusted too. If it is too low or high, there is a problem.
Eliminate barriers: The design and composition of every bathroom is different. This means that needs and demands are different too. Therefore, it is important to get rid of anything that serves as a hindrance or barrier in the bathroom. Barriers are in different shapes, forms, and sizes. It could be the position of a switch, placement of toilet and vanity, a door that serves as a hindrance, etc.
Install grab bars: Grab bars can be strategically placed so that they add extra support. They can be installed virtually anywhere in the bathroom and toilet to reduce the chances or probability of a fall.