When a person becomes physically challenged, the simple things in life can become much harder than before. Mobility bathrooms offer freedom in the most intimate places that are important to someone with physical disabilities.
Life can throw many unsuspecting curve balls. Injury, medical infliction, and gracefully growing older can become a detriment to one’s perspective on daily living. Independence and pride lives within everyone. Taking a bath is a pleasure that no one should be denied. Even those who are not physically challenged can easily slip and fall in the shower or bathtub. Using a handicap bathroom can help those that need help gain back that feeling of being able to do things for themselves.
Accessible Mobility Bathroom Choices
Mobility bathrooms come in many different forms and offer no slip flooring, lower entry points, hand rails, easy access doors, ramps, built in seats, and more. You can go as far as you want in customizing your bathroom. With each addition, the benefits and costs are pleasantly surprising.
- The entire family can enjoy the ease of movement without worry of slipping and falling.
- Easy and fast access for wheelchairs.
- Safety grips, toilet rails, and easy to use shower fixtures.
- Costs are not much more than installing a regular bathroom (ranges from $1500 and up). Or you can simply add a few grab bars around your bathroom for under $100.
- Large spaces are easier for independent or assisted bathing.
ADA Requirements for Mobility Bathrooms
The ADA has designed specific guidelines for mobility bathrooms. When building a home it is wise to be considerate of these specifications as it may contribute to a better resale of your home or become an asset to your own quality of life.
- Doorways should allow free entry to those with walkers or mobility wheelchairs making it a minimum of 32 inches.
- The threshold of the doorway cannot be uneven with the adjacent floor.
- A wheelchair should be able to complete a full 360 degree turn. This will require at least a five foot circle.
- Provide knee room under the sink so that anyone in a wheelchair can have room.
- Make sure the pipes underneath sinks are covered in insulation. Some people are unable to feel the hot or cold pipes on their lower limbs and to prevent bodily damage, they must be protected.
- To prevent scalding, install programmable faucets.
- Mount hand held shower heads on slide bars for easy height adjustment.
- Ample lighting that is adjustable for different lighting situations.
- Easy to open locks, handles, and latches.
- The height of the toilet without the seat should be 16 to 18 ½ inches.