Even if you personally don’t need an accessible bathroom just yet, it’s a good idea to make it easy for anyone to use your bathroom. It’s a relief for friends and family to come to a home and realise that they can use your facilities. All it takes is a little bit of planning.
Faucets, where you need to turn the handle, can be difficult when your hands are stiff and sore. As you get older, you’ll really start to appreciate the use of lever faucets. Even stiff hands can push the lever to access water. Everyone needs to wash their hands, so why not make it as simple as possible?
Getting into the bathroom is also an important part of accessibility. Is your bathroom door wide enough that a wheelchair can get through it? If not, you’ll need to widen it so anyone can get into the room. It’s also important that the door be easy to move. The hinges should be light and loose to ensure the door swings open easily, but the handle will be more accessible if it is lever style, like the faucets.
Additional mobility aids should be included throughout the bathroom. This includes bars and handles by the toilet and bath, as well as in the shower. Many people avoid putting these in because they feel the bars are unsightly, but you can find plenty of decorative ones that look so lovely, you’ll want to install them just to enhance the room. These give you an extra place to grab if you’re slipping, but they can also prevent falls simply by providing more balance as you transition from sitting to standing or stepping in and out of a shower stall.
The easiest way to bathe when you have some mobility issues is with a walk-in shower. This is a shower that has no edge to it for you to trip over. It is also large enough to fit a mobility aid in if necessary.
Bathrooms are notorious for being slippery. The floor can become slick when wet and even the bathtub may be too slippery to handle if you don’t have great balance. To combat this common problem, you should consider adding more texture to smooth surfaces. This will help everyone stay upright and can make it easier to use the bathroom for bathing. Do you need help designing your accessible bathroom? Contact Bespoke Bathing to learn more about how you can create a more accessible space for bathing