If your loved one is disabled or unable to move around without the assistance of a wheelchair or walker, make their home easier to travel about. One of the most difficult places in your loved one's home is the bathroom. If the bathroom lacks enough room to accommodate a large wheelchair or wide walker comfortably, it could become hazardous for your loved one. Consider the things below when you change your loved one's bathroom.
Make the Bathroom, Doorway, and Shower Stall Wider
According to various sources, a handicapped-accessible bathroom or washroom should be at least 30 inches wide and about 48 inches deep to accommodate mobility devices like wheelchairs. The entrance to your loved one's bathroom should also be wide enough to roll through without striking the frame or knob. If your loved one's bathroom lacks the specifications above, consider widening them.
You may need to use a yardstick or tape measure to obtain the correct measurements for your remodeling project. Be sure to document each measurement you obtain in a notepad or on piece of paper. After you measure the room and doorway, inspect the shower stall.
The shower stall should be at least 60 inches wide, especially if the space contains tile. Tile can become slippery and easily damaged so it's important to make the space as safe as you possibly can. Also, consider widening the space inside the stall. If your loved one requires a specialized shower chair to bathe, you want to have enough room available to accommodate the device.
If you can't measure the items above or need help making your loved one's bathroom easier to use, contact a professional remodeling company today.
Get Professional Remodeling Assistance
Many remodeling companies are familiar with the ADA's requirements for constructing safe bathrooms for disabled individuals. A company can remove any structures in the bathroom that aren't compliant with the ADA, as well as add structures to the room that are compliant and safe for your loved one. For example, if your loved one needs grab bars around their toilet, sink, or shower, a company can include them during the remodeling.
Also, consider asking a remodeling contractor about the rest of your family member's house. The living room and kitchen might not be safe enough to accommodate your loved one's mobility equipment. The doorway to your loved one's garage or bedroom may also require an adjustment. Don't be afraid to consider changing everything your loved one needs to live safely and happily at home.
You can make the changes your loved one needs by consulting a bathroom remodeling company online or in person.