How To Make Your Bathroom Handicap Accessible

September 13, 2018

Whether you have a handicapped family member, or you’re thinking about the future, having a handicap accessible bathroom is a great idea. The question is how this can be done.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to make your bathroom more comfortable for people with disabilities. Let’s take a look.

How To Make Your Bathroom Handicap Accessible

Widening Doorways

Wheelchair access can be really important for people living with mobility problems. In many homes, doorways are quite narrow and wheelchairs simply don’t fit through them. The average width needed for wheelchair clearance is about 36 inches and to make a full 360ยบ turn, you need about 60 inches. These figures are essential in remodeling your bathroom for wheelchair access, though they are only guidelines.

Here at The Bath Doctor, we can work with you to find out what kind of clearance the wheelchairs in your life need and determine the best solution based on your specifications.

Curbless Showers

Climbing over the side of the tub can seem simple to the able-bodied. However, for the disabled and geriatric community, it can actually prove quite dangerous. Here at Bath Doctor, we offer a wide variety of tubs and showers for people who have trouble stepping over the curb.

One option is the curbless shower. These showers are designed to sit flush with the floor so there is no potential tripping hazard. To enter your shower, you simple need to just walk in. We can also use materials to help ensure your bathroom surfaces aren’t slippery when wet.

Grab Bars

Grab bars are a low-cost, easy to install form of mobility equipment used to improve balance in the bathroom. Basically, these metal bars are fixed to the wall in locations where most falls happen in order to offer a good hand-hold for increased balance. Common ares for grab bars are beside a toilet, in a shower, or any other problem areas.

We Follow ADA Regulations

The Americans with Disabilities Act has clearly outlined the requirements for a room to be accessible to the disabled. Here at Bath Doctor, we go above and beyond said regulations to ensure the needs of our patrons are met to the highest standards.

Call on Bath Doctor for Bathroom Remodeling in Maryland

Whether you’re looking to accommodate a family member with a disability or you’re planning on Aging in Place, we can help you make your bathroom a safer experience for the people who need it. Give us a call today and we’ll talk you through your options.

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