What is an accessible bathroom?
An accessible bathroom is specifically designed to accommodate people who have varied needs. These could be anything from a vision impairment, mobility issues, or other physical restrictions.
An accessible bathroom needs to be designed to allow all residents to use the facilities in comfort and without barriers. Beautiful style does not have to be sacrificed to create a practical, functional space and your accessible bathroom design can incorporate modern, elegant features in whatever style you love.
A home bathroom can be upgraded or renovated to allow older residents to safely live independently in their own homes for longer. For older residents, falls or slipping in the bathroom becomes an increased risk especially when using the shower or toilet. These hazards can be reduced by using clever design and modified fixtures throughout the bathroom.
Accessible bathroom features
Features of an accessible bathroom can range from a simple grab bar to a large walk in shower. The needs of the residents using the bathroom will influence which of the following features is included in your accessible bathroom renovation to ensure the design caters for their full requirements. Make sure you consider which activities require assistance - now and into the future.
Accessible bathroom features can include:
- Wheelchair friendly shower & toilet.
- Customised bath tub - although often a shower is easier to navigate.
- Lower vanity and mirror - the vanity can be designed with a void under the sink to allow room for mobility aids or wheelchairs.
- Easily accessed bathroom storage - no low, deep cupboards or high cabinets.
- Shower seat - either roll in or fold away.
- No lip or edge to the shower tray.
- Shower curtain or single glass shower screen rather than an enclosed shower with a door.
- A generous shower to allow residents space to move around easily.
- Grab bars - next to the toilet, as well as in the shower or bath.
- Lower height shower taps if needed.
- Slip resistant flooring - tiles, vinyl, or PVC.
- Controlled hot water - for safety, the hot water system can be set to 50â„ƒ or the supply temperature controlled by fitting a tempering valve or TMV.
- Ample lighting - task as well as ambient lighting is needed with easy to access switches. Alternatively, motion sensor lights can be used which avoid the need to turn the light on and remember to turn it off again. Boost the available natural light by removing curtains or blinds and using frosting on windows or adding a skylight.
- Mixer taps can offer easier use compared to taps that need to be grabbed and twisted. Another option is to fit modern sensor taps which remove this issue altogether by automatically sensing when hands are under the tap spout.
- Custom height toilets offer less distance to sit and stand or easier movement.
- Avoid the need to use slip or trip hazards such as bath mats by ensuring correct drainage throughout the room.
- Allow room for another person if bathing assistance if required.
Take a look at our accessible bathroom renovations page which includes details on which features are included, as well as factors to consider when creating your design.
Accessible bathroom design assistance
The MasterCraft team specialise in creating customises accessible bathroom solutions for homes, aged care facilities, respite facilities, and commercial properties throughout Brisbane. If you would like help with your accessible bathroom renovation speak to our team at 0435 243 235.
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