When adapting your easy access bathroom, it is just as important as ever to ensure that it adheres to safety rules and guidelines. This means not only choosing the bath design that is best for limited mobility users, but also keeping an eye on the general safety of your bathroom. We will go through some of the requirements involved in building easy access bathrooms for the disabled and in the process we will also highlight some of the common mistakes and misconceptions that are often made.
Creating An Easy Access Bathroom
- One of the first points to take into account is the importance of space. This is especially vital when you are thinking of installing an entirely new bathroom in your home. Our walk in bathrooms and showers are a fantastic feature and we are incredibly proud of our contribution. However, customers should be wary that overall space is paramount when providing facilities for the disabled. It is important not to try and overcompensate or sacrifice good-open space when creating a new easy access bathroom; taking into account the size of the bathroom is vital to avoid this problem. With this in mind, our Mobility Advisors would be pleased to offer fitting advice before we install your new, easy access bathroom.
- In conjunction with the previous point, it is equally important to make sure that you optimize the space available; this means installing the bathroom and toilet in close and accessible positions. A good floor-plan is a great way to improve the safety of your bathroom setup- making it a more accessible space.
Improving General Safety
In addition to basic good practice in the bathroom, such as ensuring soap and shower gel is kept in check and that any excess water or spillages are cleaned away promptly, attention should be given to the fixtures within the bathroom. Anti-slip flooring and anti-slip shower trays minimise slipping hazards, whilst grab rails can improve safe access to baths and showers. If a shower tray is used, it should have the lowest possible step height, preferably level access or a low level step. Some walk-in baths come with a powered seat lift as standard, whilst showers can be fitted with wall mounted or free standing seats.
- It is useful to keep in mind that manoeuvring to and from the bathroom can be taxing for those with limited mobility, so keeping an eye on bathroom conditions is especially important.
Contact Us For Expert Advice On Easy Access Bathrooms
If you are planning on installing your easy access bathroom or just want to get a consultation, feel free to contact the Bathtime Mobility Team on the number below. Our friendly and personable team are ready and willing to attend to any of your queries. Alternatively you could fill in our contact form here. Your details will not be shared with any external parties.
Telephone: 0800 29 22 110 Our lines are open Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:30pm.