Making Your Bathroom Handicap Accessible

July 23, 2013

If you or someone you live with has a physical disability, you may be concerned about bathroom safety or accessibility. That’s why it’s important to make sure that navigating your bathroom is as safe and easy as possible.

Safety Concerns for People with Disabilities

There are a number of criteria that a more accessible bathroom must meet. For example, a remodeled bathroom should be spacious, allowing more room to move around, as well as plenty of space to enter if the person with a disability uses a wheelchair.

A person with limited mobility due to a physical disability may be more prone to certain bathroom safety hazards, such as slipping and falling, and this means that special bathroom precautions must be taken to ensure that these hazards can be avoided.

In order to minimize these risks, consider installing floors that are slip-resistant. Additionally, grab bars near the shower and toilet are a must for anyone dealing with limitations to physical mobility. These require only a very simple installation, and can help make sure that users can balance better and reduce the fatigue that results from overexertion.

Improving Bathroom Accessibility

In addition to minimizing risks to safety, it’s highly important to make sure that all the various features of your bathroom are as accessible as possible. For this reason, Bath Dr. has a number of ADA-approved options available for people with limitations to mobility, no matter the reason.

Consider, for example, a Safe Way Step for your tub or shower. This is a product that minimizes the height of the side of the tub, creating a much less difficult barrier to step over when entering the bathtub. For an added bonus, you can even install a watertight door to your Safe Way Step, allowing you to enjoy your bath to the fullest.

Handicap showers may also be an excellent solution. These can be customized to meet any needs, and can include such components as a shower seat that will allow for much easier bathing with less fatigue, as well as a no-step entrance. This means that your upgraded or remodeled shower will not require stepping over any barrier whatsoever for those with limited mobility.

Additionally, a number of accessories can be installed for easier and safer use of the bathroom, including shelves in the shower or non-slip mats on the floor.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom to be more accessible for people with physical disabilities, contact Bath Dr. today for a free quote!

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