Do you have trouble getting around? Do you have someone close to you with reduced mobility? No need to remind you that the bathroom, even more than the rest, poses particular problems of accessibility. Since the bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, sometimes you don’t even have to fit in an armchair. This can quite simply make a bathroom very difficult to access or even almost unusable – depending on the mobility problems of the person concerned. Fortunately, there are solutions such as adding a ramp, changing to more suitable lighting or even a door handle that is easier to use.
Different handicaps and different accommodation solutions
In terms of mobility, the case by case is preferred because there are different types of disabilities that can make the use of a bathroom difficult. For some there will be an inability to use their fingers or hands, for others it will be the inability to move around without assistance. To figure out what a person in a wheelchair will need to do, place a chair in the center of the room and try to spot any areas that might be problematic. For some, it will be the door handle: grabbing and turning a handle can be extremely difficult if not impossible. In this case, replace the handle with a lever that can be operated by a hand or an arm.
People in wheelchairs who have some independence will still need to be able to reach the sink taps, switch (s) and storage spaces. The door may also need to be widened to allow easier access to a wheelchair. If the toilet is in the bathroom, it may be appropriate to consider placing them lower, or conversely someone using a walker may prefer a higher toilet. In any case, plan for room around it. Make sure you have grab bars to allow the person with reduced mobility (PRM) to lower and get up with less difficulty.
In the tub or shower, indoor and outdoor grab bars can help prevent dangerous slips and falls, just like a non-slip mat. Make sure there is a non-slip surface on the outside of the tub or shower, and also watch out for the material of some bath mats that may be easily tripped over. Don’t overlook the light: Make sure the whole room is well lit, especially around the toilet and tub.
Zoom on the different bathroom design solutions for disabled people
It is essential that people with reduced mobility (PRM) can feel confident in their bathroom. And trust comes through autonomy. Using the toilet, taking a bath or a shower is part of everyday life, things that many able-bodied people take for granted. However, for people with disabilities, it is not always that simple. Some people need help using the bathroom, while others have difficulty getting in and out of the bath or standing in the shower. Fortunately, there are a range of mobility aids that can really change your life and the lives of those around you. Here are a few :
Grab and grab bars
To keep your supports secure, whether you’re afraid of slipping in the shower or having trouble getting up after using the toilet, there are safety bars that can be installed relatively easily. The ideal is to choose a fixing system adapted to your wall. Attached securely to your wall bracket, the grab bars and grab bars are safe to grab and use.
Do you dream of a good bath to relieve you and soothe your pain, especially joint pain? If you are a person with reduced mobility (PRM), you know full well that getting in and out of a traditional bath can be very difficult. Fortunately, there are bath lifts with an electric mechanism that can be fitted to standard bathtubs to make getting in and out of the tub easier. With a bath lift, users can lower themselves into the tub and rise again with the push of a button, reducing the need for a third party to assist. This system is ideal for someone who has very limited mobility or no mobility at all.
The walk-in shower is reminiscent of modern and designer bathrooms. She has become very popular. And you can have one installed, since its principle is to be wider than the average and open to the bathroom. In general, it is installed on one level, which allows you better accessibility. Indulge yourself with this equipment, which will make your bathroom “wow”. Combine design and practicality: a small victory, no?
Do you find it difficult to stand up when you shower and even more difficult to hold the showerhead in your hand? A shower seat could allow you to wash yourself without fatigue. It is an inexpensive answer to this exact problem. There are stools, seats that adapt to the bathtub, seats to be fixed to the wall, which you can fold up when you no longer need them. All of these shower seats are easy to clean and can really take the stress out of a shower.
Booster seat for the toilet
If you have trouble getting up after using the toilet because it is too low for your comfort, it is possible to purchase a specialized seat to place on the conventional toilet seat to give it more height. Take action to make your life easier.