Having an accessible bathroom not only gives the user peace of mind for their safety, but it is also a sense of freedom to move comfortably around the room without needing to rely on someone else. Planning it out is an essential part. There needs to be adequate space for a wheelchair, someone using crutches, or any other support can maneuver around the room. With proper planning beforehand, picking out the right equipment and the accessories, the bathroom will function correctly no matter what. Here’s how to get started:
Step 1: Planning It Out
Every bathroom can be modified in some shape or form to help make the space easier to navigate. The best way to determine the functions that need to get changed would be to answer these questions:
- What do you or your loved one need assistance with the most?
- What are you or they able to do on their own?
- It is anticipated that any mobility issues will change?
- Are there specific medical supplies that will be needed?
- Would you or your loved one feel more comfortable in a shower or tub?
Step 2: Determining the Room Size
The bathroom size should accommodate the size of the wheelchair, whether it’s manual or electric. It needs to be able to turn freely in the room without worry about bumping into anything. A roll-in shower needs to be 3 feet deep by 5 feet wide with no curb. If a wheelchair is not required, the shower should be a minimum of 36 x 36 inches with a curb higher than ½ an inch. Having no curb at all might be appealing too. Seats are often installed in the showers for this reason as well.
Step 3: The Entryway
Like the room’s size, the entryway needs to be wide enough to fit whatever model of wheelchair being used. It should have a straight stretch into the bathroom, avoiding any obstacles such as the bathroom door. Pocket doors are a great alternative to traditional doors for this very reason.
Step 4: Choosing the Sink, Toilets, & More
Like the shower, the rest of the bathroom features need to be comfortable to use.
- The sink should have 27 inches of clearance underneath, and 30 to 48 inches of space surround it.
- The toilet should be 17 to 19 inches high with grab bars securely on either side. They need to be sturdy enough to handle the weight of whenever is using them
- The grab bars around the bathroom are extra security for you or your loved one to navigate around the room.
- The floor needs to be clear to prevent the wheelchair from getting caught on anything.
This is a general guide to help determine what you’re looking for in your accessible bathroom. Contact The Tub Doctors today to discuss your new unique bathroom design to suit you and your family!