A Few Tips on How to Make a Bathroom Handicap Accessible

Individuals with disabilities need special accommodations in their homes. In order to better their quality of life, the homes disabled people live in are often specially designed. Of all the special features needed, bathroom remodeling is one of the most challenging — and the most needed. People who rely on wheelchairs or walkers to move require more space and specific designs in order to properly use the bathroom. For that, bathroom contractors come in handy.

What exactly does a bathroom remodeling design for the disabled entail? As you could imagine, quite a bit. Here are a few of the specifications needed for handicapped bathrooms:

    • First, these bathrooms need space — a lot of space. Moving wheelchairs and walkers requires a turning radius of at least 60 inches in the center of the bathroom.

 

    • Sinks should have open space underneath for wheelchairs to comfortably fit in. The faucets should have lever handles or some other kind of apparatus in order to make reaching them easier.

 

    • The toilet needs to be slightly higher than the standard 15 inches from the floor to the rim seat. Seventeen to 19 inches is much more suitable. Handlebars should also be installed close to the toilet to allow the person to lift themselves with their hands.

 

    • As for the shower, the bottom should not have a ledge, to allow a wheelchair to slide right in. Handlebars are also a good idea, especially if the person does not want to get his or her wheelchair wet. In this case, a small seat should be installed in the shower, which with handlebars will make for an easy transition from the wheelchair.

These remodeling features are tricky and require a lot of time and patience. However, once they-�re done, people with disabilities can use the bathroom without fuss. For more information about bathroom contractors or any of the specifications above, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.