Handicap Bathroom Designs by Tiltin in Appleton and Green Bay Wisconsin

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Handicap Bathroom Designs

Kitchens and bathrooms – they are two of the most hazardous rooms in your home. Fortunately, a little common sense, few changes and compliant handicap bathroom designs can make them considerably safer. Here we will examine some ways in which to create a more safety friendly environment in your home bathroom.

First, we will take a look at some specific parts of a bathroom, and then at bathroom safety in general.

Making a Toilet Safer

Individuals that have problems with dexterity may want to consider the addition of a bidet facility. Rather than installing a separate toilet, a more economical alternative is an add-on which fits most toilets. Otherwise, a purpose-built unit can be connected. Though more expensive, they combine a commode, bidet, and drying warm air together.

Need a lift? Air-powered, battery-powered, or electric powered toilet seats can supply just the assist  you need. Extra support for sitting down and getting up can be offered by wall-mounted grab rails or a sturdy frame around the toilet.

Possibly a raised seat is all you need. Some of these come with their own sidearms to assist with sitting down and getting up.

Safety Proofing Your Shower

When replacing bathtubs with shower stalls, allow as much room as possible for easier entry, exit, and showering. Don’t forget to install grab rails/bars, and make sure they are correctly mounted to support an individual’s full weight. Shower stools or shower chairs are also a great way to assist an individual who has trouble standing but still allows them a nice, comfy, relaxing, warm shower.

Make sure that shower controls are not only easy to use but that they are also thermostatically controlled. This avoids scalding. Temperature indicators are available as well as programmable showers that commit your perfect water temperature to memory.

The shower and bath area are responsible for more slips and falls than anywhere else in the home. Textured floor tiles or nonslip mats will help discourage injuries from falls. Make sure that any rugs or mats do not have edges or corners that will lift up and cause tripping.

To do away with the shower and bath enclosure entirely, a “wet floor shower area” is an ideal fix. It does not work in every home, however, due to the room that it takes up and numerous specifications that it requires.

If You Keep The Bathtub…

If you decide to keep the tub, consider the installation of a walk-in bath. The opening and closing door on the side of the tub eliminates the danger of trying to step over a high tub wall. And don’t forget to have a nonslip mat or non-slip strips in the bottom of the tub.

Safer Bathrooms in General

To make water control easier, lever adapters (adaptable to many standard taps), infrared hands-free controls, or lever styles are available. Because scalding happens in sinks as well as showers, temperature indicators and safety cutoffs should be considered.

Lever-type handles are also a good idea for the replacement of door knobs. Bathroom doors should always open outwards. If someone falls and needs help, this provides easier access.

Check to see that heaters and radiators have a cool, touchable surface should someone need to lean against them.

In general, there can never be too many precautions taken to discourage slipping and falling. Nonskid surfaces and grab handles/bars are an absolute necessity and can be used throughout the entire restroom. There is no limit as to how safe a bathroom should be. Increased safety means better peace of mind.