Assistive Technology: Bathroom

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Hand rails at multiple heights.

master bath storage

Leaving the bottom shelf out allows wheelchair access in a closet.

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Sinks at least 27 inches from the floor with no cabinetry allow an individual in a wheelchair access.

Making a bathroom accessible can be a challenge.  Safety concerns include eliminating potential falls, hazards of using  electrical appliances around water, water temperatures, and enough space for multiple people if necessary.  Along with these concerns are considerations of privacy and dignity.  Questions to ask as you look at your bathrooms:

 

Is it big enough?  Do doorways need to be moved or changed to a sliding or recessed door?  Can an adjacent closet wall be removed to add bathroom space?

Will a commode or shower chair fit in the bathtub or shower?  If installing a roll-in shower stall, is there room for an assisting attendant?

Can a grab bar, or multiple grab bars, be installed over the toilet and the tub?

Is the faucet hardware easy to operate with easy-to-turn knobs or levers?

Do the wet surfaces have anti-slip material?

Do combs, hair brushes and toothbrushes have easy-grip handles?

kate and master shower

Accessible shower.

 

Does the bathroom have a telephone or emergency alert device?

Some of these suggestions are very simple to implement, others are a bit more complicated.  And still other options exist beyond this list.  Call us at ILR – we’ll help you decide what assistive technology your bathroom needs!