Creating a bathroom that looks good is obviously important, but it also needs to be practical and accessible for all ages and abilities. There are a few design tweaks that can be implemented to ensure that your bathroom is appropriate for everyone. Some key considerations for an accessible bathroom;
Shower or Bath
It is personal preference whether you choose to have a shower or bath, it depends which would be most practical and desirable for those using the bathroom. That being said, whichever instillation you choose, there are plenty of options in terms of accessibility. Walk in shower enclosures from Better Bathrooms offer accessibility for all, including wheelchair users. If open plan is more to your taste, wet rooms are also a good option for accessibility and practicality thanks to their spacious nature. Other supportive additions to shower spaces include shower seats and additional handheld showers. Before implementing any of the above, it is imperative to check the shower space dimensions to ensure the area can accommodate wheelchair access and comfortable manoeuvring. If you prefer a bath, there are also a range of walk in bath options, which typically have easy reach controls to improve accessibility even further.
Grabrails and handrails are designed to blend seamlessly into the bathroom thanks to their ability to provide necessary assistance whilst taking up little room. The placement of grabrails is most likely dependent on the level of assistance required, though it’s important that you have a say in where they will be most useful. Grabrails are essential in bathing areas and should be placed close to shower controls, and should also be placed next to the toilet, in order to offer support where necessary. There is also of course the option to include grab rails in further locations, though this is down to personal preference.
Wall Hanging Fixtures
Both the toilet and sink can be wall hung fixtures. These are both good investments as this particular option allows you to choose the desired height of both fixtures. For example, a higher toilet is more easily accessible than a standard toilet as there is less distance to cover. Sink usability should also be considered, with long handled or motion sensor taps supporting those with reduced dexterity.
Good lighting in bathrooms is essential not just as an aesthetic but for overall safety. One of the best combinations to ensure consistent lighting within the bathroom tends to include having a strong level of overhead lighting and a glass enclosure for the shower. This combination provides an all-round safer option to the room, and ensures visibility is at it’s highest. Automatic lights are another good investment as they eliminate the necessity of a light switch. If, however a light switch is required, it should be placed at a lower height and be easy to switch both on and off.
For more options and advice, contact Better Bathrooms, www.betterbathrooms.com