Mobility Bathroom Adaptions For Wheelchair Users

Mobility Bathroom Adaptions For Wheelchair Users

An accessible bathroom for people with disabilities provides easy access and comfort, as well as ensuring self-sufficiency and dignity. So what should you consider before fitting an adapted bathroom suitable for use with a wheelchair?

Mobility Bathrooms: What Are The Regulations?

UK regulations largely apply to facilities in commercial or public places, such as hotels, restaurants and train stations, but we can still take tips from their recommendations when looking to plan domestic bathrooms. For example, the regulations advise that mixer taps are used in bathrooms for disabled people and that mirrors and grab rails be located at a height that is easily accessible from a conventional wheelchair. The height of fixtures and the distance between them is something that should be taken into consideration too.

Adapted Toilet

There are toilet models available on the market that have an opening at the front that allows them to double up as a bidet, which can be beneficial to many wheelchair users.

It is also advisable that adapted toilets be:

  • Suspended
  • Ergonomic
  • Equipped with a manual or pneumatic mechanism that allows them to tilt

 

Adapted Showers

A level access shower is recommended, either using a wet-room style shower where the floor of the shower is also the floor of the room or one where the shower tray is set to level with the surrounding floor. Generally, the minimum recommended size is 1000mm by 1000mm. Unfortunately, drainage can be less effective for these types of showers, so a waste pump will often be required to remove excess water. The pump should be easily accessible for maintenance. Wherever a shower tray is installed, it is advisable to use non-slip flooring for the surrounding areas.

Shower seats with a backrest should be wall-mounted and be at least 450mm by 450mm, leaving at least a 500mm space between the wall and the centre of the seat. Shower controls and an adjustable height shower head (on a sliding bar) should be positioned in easy reach of the seat, and ideally 750mm from the floor at its lowest point.

Controls should be touch-sensitive or lever type, ideally fitted between 750mm and 1000mm from the floor. Grab rails should be fixed securely within easy reach. Ideally, all rails should contrast in colour and brightness to their surrounding walls.

 

Recommendations For Mobility Bathrooms

These recommendations will help you to create an adapted, accessible and safe bathroom.

  1. Install a sliding door – A sliding door creates considerably more room for an adapted toiler, allowing greater wheelchair mobility. If there is no sliding door, it is advisable for the door to open outwards for safety reasons.
  2. Non-slip floor – This is beneficial for everyone, but especially for people with disabilities. Water and other liquid spillages are common in a bathroom and increase the chance of slipping over.
  3. Free space of at least 150mm in diameter – This allows ample space for the wheelchair user to be able to safely make 360 degree turns.
  4. Anti-slip grab rails – Adapted bathrooms should have grab rails close to the toilet and in the adapted shower. You should always make sure the walls and tiles are in good condition ahead of installing the bars.
  5. Fixture height – All bathroom accessories, including soap holders, towel racks or shelves should be installed at a height of no more than 1200mm from the floor in order to make them wheelchair accessible.
  6. Adapted toilet seats – These should be checked to ensure they are secure and in perfect condition to reduce the risk of falls.
  7. Bathroom furniture – Built-in furniture should be avoided in inaccessible bathrooms. A built-in unit beneath a sink for example will make it difficult for a wheelchair user to access the basin. Wheelchair users should always have the convenience of being able to easily move about in the bathroom and access everything without difficulty. This means the bathroom should be as uncluttered as possible.

 

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Our specialists will be able to discuss mobility bathrooms, as well as the adaptations available depending on your needs and requirements. Contact our team today to discuss and enquire about our services.

A Guide To Bathroom Floors For The Elderly

A Guide To Bathroom Floors For The Elderly

How does it feel taking a shower without the fear of tripping, slipping, or falling? How many times is the shower room regarded as the most dangerous place in the house? Non-slippery floors in the bathroom bring a lot of convenience for people.

Wet rooms, for this particular purpose, are built to be slip-resistant. Read on to know why.

In the bathroom, grab bars are installed for support and added convenience for people with age and disability. The goal of installing grab bars is to prevent accidents because the floors and tiles are regarded as “highly” slippery.

In line with the advancement of technology, the modernity of life encouraged architects and engineers to come up with a bathroom solution that will benefit all age brackets of people. Thus, the modern bathroom is an innovative way to provide solutions to prevent accidents and at the same time, add aesthetic appeal to the home interior of one’s property.

 

Helping The Aged

When people get old, their physical strength wanes. One’s mobility is affected by this ageing factor. Another cause of physical deterioration is a disability. Since older people are weaker, they are more susceptible to illness, making them more vulnerable to pain and immobility. Because bathrooms are wet all the time, it is dangerous for the elderly and people with limited mobility to move around. One major factor for the accidents in the bathroom is its wet surface! With wet rooms, the risk of tripping will be lessened.

 

Choice Of Flooring Materials

The wrong selection of floor tiles makes the shower room highly slippery. To avoid dangerous slips and to become a place for life-threatening accidents, wet rooms are built with slip-resistant floors. Common causes of falls are due to non-porous tiles. If the kind of flooring, such as porcelain or ceramics, is more slippery when wet, it is no assurance to keep everyone safe from using the bath. Nevertheless, ceramics are a popular tile choice for standard bathrooms.

The most significant advantage you can get from ceramics or porcelain is that either of them is waterproof, which is one of the main features of wet rooms. But when it comes to the benefit of people with limited mobility, they are not as ideal as they should be. Slippery floors are not suitable for the elderly as they have less control over their balance. Also, porcelain tiles can crack, posing a threat to bare feet.

Wet rooms, sometimes called disabled bathrooms, are specially designed to benefit people with disability.

 

Vinyl Flooring

Admitted that porcelain and ceramic tiles look great for your bathroom and that they are the popular choice, you can opt for vinyl for instead for useability. They offer the following benefits for your wet room project.

 

  • Less expensive than ceramic or porcelain
  • Easy installation; no messy tools to deal with
  • Water-resistant than laminate flooring
  • More durable than hardwood planks
  • No cold floor to walk on compared to stone, as it stays with room temperature
  • Less maintenance compared to granite
  • Softer to walk on compared to marble or stone

 

Rubber flooring

Rubber flooring has been proven to be a safe slip-resistant flooring for bathroom renovations. The rubber material in wet room floors is resilient to damage and has an excellent abrasive characteristic, making it highly functional for people with disabilities.

What are the other pros of rubber floors?

  • Less maintenance
  • Easy to clean
  • Eco-friendly
  • Durable
  • Quite costly but worth the investment

 

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Mobility Bathroom Accessories & Their Benefits

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When we think of our loved ones with a disability, we grow our concern and we provide the best they can have in life so that they will enjoy what we are enjoying. We empathise how these people feel with their limited freedom to move especially inside the home. The home is a special place and is the most secure location where one can feel at peace and independent. Thus, every room should be convenient to use.

The bathroom is the most dangerous place in the house because it is here where accidents occur. When one stumbles due to slippery floors and no grab bars to hold on to, the bathroom can be a scary place for people with mobility and disability issues. The independence inside the bathroom without the danger of tripping, slipping, falling, or breaking one’s bone will now be regained through bathroom innovation called the wet room.

Have you heard anything about disabled bathrooms? Modern bathrooms called wet rooms are also regarded as disabled bathrooms, because they cater mostly to our loved ones who have limited mobility due to age or illness,  or are disabled by relying on crutches and wheelchairs.

While these shower rooms are not solely meant for the convenience of people with limited movements, they are also designed to cater to all users, even to children.

Mobility Bathrooms Accessories In Further Detail

The purpose of building a wet room is to convert from traditional bathroom style and function into an innovative solution for better usability. This is perfect for our ageing loved ones because you will be relieved of the worry when they use these rooms.

The structure of the disabled bathroom is tailor-fitted according to the needs of the disabled. These washrooms do away with the risks of accidents by using non-slip floors, adjusted toilet heights, and strategic installation of grab bars. In the shower, your loved one may enjoy standing up or down, or just sit while taking a shower by placing a free-standing tub or a tub equipped with handles that can easily be reached. The size of the room can somehow be retrofitted to accommodate a wheelchair.

Grab Bars

Grab bars are helpful devices for the elderly and disabled persons to get in, get up and down, or move with ease inside the shower.

In hospitals and other public institutions, they need to follow local regulations to make their toilet and washrooms accessible to all kinds of people. For residential setting, it is up to the homeowner to provide such mobility amenities for the health and safety of their family members.

Reliable grab bars are those textured for easy grasp, screwed or better adherence to the wall or clamp-on so that they are safe to use no matter the weight of the person.

Flooring

The floor should be highly non-slippery to make it sufficiently convenient for the disabled bathroom users. Simple slips can pose a huge danger and can cause a life. So choosing a floor or tile material that doesn’t slip that much when it’s wet is a big relief for the users.

Wet room designers work along with architects using smart solutions with tile materials that are non-slippery but blend in with the overall design of the bathroom. Vinyl, cork, rubber, and wood tile flooring are recommendable materials. They provide proper cushioning for those who love to walk on the floor with bare feet.

Contact The Professionals For Further Information

Our team at Age Care can discuss mobility bathroom accessories and which features will be most suited to your needs and requirements. Contact our team today to find out more about mobility bathrooms and their features.

What Is The Difference Between A Wet Room & Level Access Shower

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Wet Room Vs Level Access Shower

Both the level access shower and wet rooms are a trendy theme currently as more and more homeowners are looking to create more space and luxury in typically small rooms. These contemporary showers prove to be the perfect solution to meet that goal. They provide a sleek, simplistic, and an unconventional alternative to traditional baths. 

Whether you are a young professional, an elderly person, or if you suffer from mobility issues, these will offer unrivalled accessibility. Here is a comprehensive guide that will show you the differences between the two and help you decide which one to prefer.

 

Level Access Showers

Level access showers for small bedrooms have become a safety and viable option these days as they are really easy to use. Level access showers should have all the needed safety tools including crab handles, toughened glass doors, and more. Also, level access showers with windows need to be given extra consideration. The themes and fittings also add an extra touch of luxury.

 

Wet Rooms

Wet rooms are designed to be completely open as the shower area makes use of a slight gradient for allowing the water to flow towards the direction of the drain. Wet rooms should be completely sealed with a waterproof underlay in order to prevent leaking. You should probably seek a professional as this style requires fitting that can only be done by a professional.

 

What Is The Difference?

Both the level access showers and wet rooms make use of glass panels and they don’t have doors, unlike your traditional shower enclosures. Instead, there is a single glass panel that separates the shower from the remaining part of the bathroom. They both provide an excellent alternative to simple bath rubs as they offer more style and easy accessibility. Unique designs and themes will help you create a statement in the bathroom or en-suite. The main difference between the two is fairly simple – Wet rooms are spaces with an entirely open plan. The floors are altered for allowing the water to flow away easily through the drain of the floor. 

Depending on your choice, wet rooms can feature a shower screen for reducing spray in the bathroom. Walk in showers just differ because of the inclusion of one or two glass screens or a low profile shower tray. The cost of these rooms will vary depending on your needs and the chosen themes, so you should also consider cost as a factor when deciding which one to install.

Age Care are the UK’s leading experts for all types of mobility bathrooms. Be sure to contact our specialists for any further information on our installation services, as well as the endless benefits available for utilisation.