Bathroom accessibility for the disabled can significantly improve the quality of life. Bathrooms pose specific challenges for people using walkers or wheelchairs. The following bathroom adaptability tips can help solve mobility and other handicapped related problems you may have.

  • Create doorway accessibility. The bathroom door opening should be2000mm wide and 2200mm deep, so as to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. The door should be made to swing outwards rather than on the inside. This makes it easier to access in case an accident happens in the bathroom. Additionally, it is easier to use pocket doors because they can be easily opened and closed. Fit locks that can be operated from both sides.
  • To allow ease of movement, the door threshold level should be the same as that of the rest of the flooring.
  • When planning the layout, leave sufficient space to allow the wheelchair to turn. If space is limited, go for a barrier-free shower. Choose bathtub enclosures that are impact resistant.
  • When fitting the sinks, ensure that there is enough knee space. You may have to remove the cabinets under the sink. Alternatively, you can install a sink at a height that is accessible to a wheelchair.
  • Install accessible storage. Trays and baskets should slide out from one central location. Avoid fitting latches or door handles that have complicated knobs. Shelves should be placed within easy accessibility.
  • Bathroom controls should be fitted close to the entry side for easier reach. Use faucets such as lever or single handle faucets that can be handled with a closed fist. Use contrasting grab rails against a white background, if the user is visually impaired. 
  • Install a handheld shower head that is mounted on a wall. If the bathroom will be used by other people, you can install a rod mounted or shower glide shower head. This allows each user to adjust the height to their preference.
  • Mount a seat or a bench in the shower stall. You can also buy a removable tub seat. Lay non-slip mats in the tub, and ensure that all rugs have a non-slip backing.
  • Install a pressure balancing valve to the shower faucet. This will prevent hot or cold water surges. Alternatively, you can fit a programmed faucet that will limit the water temperature. Set it a temperature that is comfortable for the handicapped person.
  • Use bright lighting, but provide a low light secondary option for very bright days.

For further assistance, contact local bathroom renovation professionals.