At times in hotels and shopping malls, we find bathrooms for the elderly or disabled people. But not every home has a bathroom for the disabled. There are certain things to be taken into account of while designing such bathrooms in our houses.
- First and foremost these bathrooms need to be spacious, spacious enough for a wheelchair to maneuver and there should be enough gaps between toilet and washbasin.
- The doors should be sliding and open outwards so that a person outside can help in case of any emergency.
- Always use non-slip material to avoid the risk of slipping out of a shower.
- The bars of support like grab bars or handrails next to the different sanitary elements are fundamental.
- The type of faucet installed in a disabled bathroom should be pressurized and of a lever type.
- The shower is always going to be safer than the bathtub, especially when it comes to getting in and out of it. Moreover, it is often quite useful not only in the case of people with disabilities, but also in the case of the elderly. A shower which can incorporate a chair or seat is also recommended.
- The height of elements and accessories of a bathroom for people with disabilities is very important in determining if it is usable and at the same time useful for this type of people. All the accessories and elements of a disabled bathroom should be placed at a accessible distance.
It should be remembered that the aim is to make life easier for these people with reduced mobility.