How To Make A Bathroom Wheelchair Accessible
Are you working on a home modification project for disabled persons? Then you need to pay special attention towards making the bathroom wheelchair accessible. A home with a wheelchair accessible washroom is a sure way to make all guests feel welcome.
However, then comes the question of where to begin? If you have a small bathroom you may find it difficult to decide where to start renovating from. If this is the case then your best option is from the doorway.
In order to be able to use the washroom, the doorway needs to be wide enough to permit wheelchairs’ entry. This means that you will need to widen the doorway. Wheelchairs are a bit wider than the average person walking so you need to accommodate this. To save some space here, install a sliding door. That way you won’t need to account for the space the wider door needs to open in the hallway.
To make the toilet wheelchair accessible, install a toilevator below it. Usually, a toilevator has the ability to increase the height of the toilet seat by about 3.5 inches. This makes it more convenient to use from a wheelchair.
Do you have a wall beside the toilet? Then installing a fold down grab bar is a good idea. This will make it easier for the individual to move around. Be sure to install some extra supports with this though. The person will be leaning on it to lift themselves up so it needs to be strong.
When home renovating for disabled accessibility you will also need to make some adjustments to the shower area. The walls of the shower should have grab bars for support. They should also be able to wheel into the shower. This makes a wet room ideal as there is no tub to hinder the person when walking into the shower.
Then instead of a vanity sink opt for a sink that is a bit lower. A lower sink will make it easier for wheelchair users to reach the tap to wash their hands while seated. You should also consider installing a Gooseneck Faucet paired with winged handles. These handles make it easier to turn the water on and off, as they can simply be pushed or pulled.
If you aren’t familiar with DIY projects then it is a good idea to hire a handyman for this project. Bathroom renovations can be stressful at best and they are always hard work. To ensure the renovation is done efficiently and with expertise, it is far better to hire a handyman.