Key Features of an Accessible Bathroom

Mobility remodeling  experts specialize in designing bathrooms with the elderly and disabled in mind. For them, this means an easier and safer bathroom experience. But what exactly makes a bathroom accessible? In this article, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg shares the key features.

Accessible Features

Wider Doorways

To allow wheelchair users to seamlessly roll in and out of the bathroom, the doorway must be wider than usual. No threshold should be blocking the entrance. For easy access, be sure that the door is lightweight so it can be opened with minimal force. In case of emergencies, the door should open outward so people can easily enter the bathroom.

Grab Rails

One of the most common places for at-home accidents to happen is in the bathroom. As such, you might want to consider installing grab bars near the shower and toilet during your bathroom renovation. They provide support and balance for anyone using these areas. For better hygiene, grab bars also prevent a wheelchair user from grabbing onto the toilet seat itself.

Toiletries Within Reach

All toiletries should be within reach of wheelchair users. Soap, shampoo and other items should be lowered, and mirrors and sinks should also be placed at a lower height so that anyone in a seated position can use them. Additionally, towels should be near the sink so people won’t have to touch their wheelchair or crutches with wet hands to dry them off. 

More Space

Another thing you have to consider is the space in your bathroom. There should be enough room to maneuver a wheelchair without any obstructions. You also have to make sure that there is decent space on both sides of the toilet so wheelchair users can transfer onto the seat from either side. 

Emergency Alarm Cord

An accessible toilet should include an emergency alarm cord. This is to make sure that anyone who needs special assistance can call for help. Also, the button to turn off the alarm should be inside the bathroom so that someone has to go inside and check on the person who signaled for help before turning it off. 

Let’s Start a Conversation!

When planning a bathroom remodel, consider adding these features for a more accessible and convenient bathroom experience. For your remodeling needs, get in touch with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg. With our Independence by Design™ service, we can create a safe and secure space for your family. We offer quality services to homeowners in Arlington Heights, Elk Grove and Palatine, as well as Hoffman Estates, Barrington and Bartlett. Call us today at (847) 416-8451 or fill out our contact form to book an appointment.

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