Making a bathroom more disability-friendly involves creating an environment that is accessible, safe, and accommodating for individuals with disabilities. We have consolidated some tips to help you make your bathroom more disability-friendly.
One of the issues with shower and bath surfaces is the risk of slipping. To reduce this, placing non-slip mats is essential. To ensure the user can easily enter the shower, there is an option to avoid using a step and fit the shower at the same level as the flooring. These are often referred to as a wet room. This will reduce any risk of the individual tripping or having to step into the shower.
To avoid having to stand up in the shower, you can purchase shower stools so you are able to sit down in the shower area.
If you are fitting a bath into your bathroom, instead of stepping over the high wall, you can get a door that swings open for easy access into the bath. Plus, these can be fitted with seats so the user doesn’t have to lay down or stand. This will provide a more comfortable experience for the individual.
You can also get bath lifts to help the individual enter and leave the bath space.
If you are in a wheelchair, of course you will need to have plenty of room to access and manoeuvre round the bathroom. You may need to fit wider door frames too!
If you are struggling to find the space, removing cabinets on the ground, such as under the sink may create more room and make it easier for wheelchairs to move around. An expert in this area will be able to assess your room situation and advise on the best layout.
Adding accessories that are going to help with motability is a perfect way to ensure the user feels more comfortable in their home. Items can include handrails, steps, non-slip mats and easy reach handles to minimise risk of straining when stretching.
Overall, bathrooms can be adapted in a plethora of ways to suit the individual. So, it’s best to target what you think will benefit the user the most and find the appropriate details to use in their bathroom, supporting their disability and mobility needs.
If you are or know someone who is looking to adapt their bathroom to be more disability friendly, it’s a good idea to consult professionals such as occupational therapists or accessibility experts. This will allow them to provide expert advice on how your bathroom layout can be adapted.