General Tips When Designing Accessible Disability Bathrooms
Author: Nicholas Sutedja Date Posted:21 May 2019
Creating an accessible bathroom is a daunting and challenging task as many factors need to be considered in the design phase such as the placement of grab rails, toilets, baths etc. however there are general tips to keep in mind when undergoing such endeavours. What are those tips? Read below for some of them that we’ve found out.
An accessible bathroom needs to be at least 77 x 122cm to allow for mobility devices such as wheelchairs to have room to turn around when in front of each plumbing fixtures. Additionally the doorway will need to be widened to at least a minimum of 87cm for wheelchair users and to use lever style door handles as they are much easier to use than doorknobs.
Additionally a door that swings outward instead of inward will allow fore more space inside the bathroom while using a pocket door in small spaces is another good option if you need more space.
Ensure that you have no loose bath mats on the floor as they are a tripping hazard along with being an obstacle for those using wheelchairs. If you have space you should consider if you have enough for 2 people if an attendant is required for assistive care.
Providing easily accessible storage compartments such as pull out shelves will get clutter out of the way and allow access. You’ll need to consider the individual needs of the user and find the place placement where they will be able to easily reach the items. Speaking of accessibility, you’ll need to also consider the best placement of items such as rob hooks, towel bars, paper dispensers, soap dishes etc.
To prevent any burns in the sink or shower lower the maximum heat temperature for hot water. Also grounded or lowered electrical outlets should be installed for appliances such as hair dryers, toothbrushes and electric razors.
Finally there are many lifts to look into to provide transfers in the bathroom such as hydraulic chair lifts, sling-type lifts, rolling transfer benches etc. 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.
These are just some general tips to think about when designing an accessible disability bathroom. Active Mobility has a wide range of products suitable for accessible bathrooms and our friendly sales team are more than happy to discuss your needs and how we can help. Just give us a call on 02 9649 2111 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.