- Taking a shower or bath is one of the biggest challenges that most people face in a bathroom. A person with limited mobility may also have difficulty stepping over the edge of the tub to get inside. Instead, opt for a curb-less shower enclosure that is free of barriers so you can walk-in. You can pair it with a folding shower door that provides full access to the shower stall because it opens with an accordion style. A new walk-in tub is another option if you prefer a bath to a shower. It is deeper than a traditional tub and features a door in the side so you can easily walk in and out of the tub. The tub also includes a raised seat to make it easier to sit down. Whether you choose a curb-less shower or a walk-in tub, make sure to equip it with grab bars for easy access and exit.
Install a Taller Toilet
- Install a taller toilet to make it more comfortable and easier to use because of less bending down and getting up. An ideal height is 18 inches from the floor to the top of the seat. Standard and older models are 3 inches shorter in comparison, making it more strenuous to stand up. You can also replace your toilet seat with a new model that adds several inches to make the process even easier. Depending on your needs, you can find seats that add anywhere from 2 to 6 inches in height to your toilet. If you have a family member in a wheelchair, opt for a wheelchair transfer seat, which adds height and features hand grips to make it easier to move from the wheelchair to the toilet seat. As with the shower area, install grab bars beside your toilet in case you need additional help for mobility.
Install Lever Handle Faucets
- To make it easier to use the sink, shower and bath, replace knob faucets with lever-handle controls that only need to be pulled in one direction. They are usually much easier to use, and there’s less risk of accidental scalding.
Slippery bathroom surfaces are a danger to your entire family, but members with limited mobility will find it especially difficult to navigate the bathroom floor and showers with poor traction. Install non-slip flooring in the bathroom to reduce the chance of slipping or falling. Selecting tile with a wet or dry coefficient of friction (COF) rating greater than .6 substantially reduces the risk of slipping and falling in these areas. You can improve your bathroom’s traction by adding non-slip strips to the shower or tub floor and nonskid mats to the floor outside the shower or tub. If you have decorative mats or rugs in the bathroom, make sure that they have rubber backs so they’ll stay in place. Use double-side rug tape for any rugs without a rubber back in place
- Install brighter light fixtures or dimmers to accommodate individuals with vision Impairments.
Increase Floor Space
Increase the floor space for easier mobility for individuals with limited mobility. Easy modifications are eliminating clothes hampers or shelving and installing pocket doors. Replacing vanity cabinets with pedestal sinks dramatically increase floor space in smaller bathrooms.
Widen the doorways to the bathroom. The Americans with Disabilities Act recommends that doorways measure from 32 to 36 inches to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. Consider installing a pocket door to allow for easier operation and to increase floor space.
Let the Re-Builders’s team of trained professionals assist you with renovating your bathroom into a more accommodating and safe environment. You can contact us by visiting our website www.rebuildersmyrtlebeach.com or by calling 843-448-0041.