Disability-Friendly Bathrooms (Modern)
August 11, 2017

There are different bathrooms for different needs, so you must take into consideration the needs of you and your partner. A long-term impairment, sudden illness or injury can make a bathroom renovation disability-friendly a necessity. Unfortunately, most bathrooms were designed and built without considering accessibility issues for persons with limited mobility. This post will give you ideas for modern changes for anyone who is disabled or are thinking into the future we try to not only make your bathroom practical but something you can show off to your friends and family. Below are 3 easy tips to take into consideration when designing your injury/impairment bathroom in Perth WA.
 

1. Layout

The layout is probably the most crucial part of the renovation if we are starting from scratch. To put it simply you want easy access to everything that is used in the bathroom whether that is wall hung sinks or hobless showers. Straight lines are crucial now below is the simplest example. Once you enter this Canning Vale Ensuite you can either go left for the vanity or right for the shower. I will get into later about certain fixtures that will make it even better but the layout is crucial for archiving something practical for your injury or disability

Layout

Layout
 

2. Railing For Safety Installed In Correct Place

The shower, or tub area, requires hand or safety rails to help injured or disabled persons safely enter and exit. For tub access, install safety rails at sitting and standing height at the point of exit and entry to the bath.

Depending on the disability and specific needs, safety rails may also be added in other strategic locations to improve overall bathroom accessibility. We strongly recommend professional installation to ensure proper placement and mounting of safety rails for maximum safety and bathroom accessibility. It’s import to note that the sliding shower rails we often install into the bathroom should never be used to grab as they may break if yanked yard from a falling person. Below is a modern example of a bathroom renovation we did in Perth to help a person who had become disabled through a recent injury. They wanted it to be functional but look nice.

 Disabled Friendly Bathroom Perth

 Disabled Friendly Bathroom Perth

Safety rails or grip bars are relatively inexpensive to purchase and greatly improve bathroom safety for the disabled or anyone with limited mobility.

 

3.Style and Substance

Renovation for assisted living is almost always about the function of the room. This is obvious due but I am someone who loves to see a transformation of a room in a positive way regardless so I always suggest something that is practical but looks great and assisted living bathroom renovation in Perth are no different. Below are some examples of practical without being an eyesore.

The sliding showerhead that doubles as a grab rail is a fantastic invention as it looks like a normal sliding shower rail but something you can actually hang onto.

sliding shower head that doubles as a grab rail

sliding shower head that doubles as a grab rail

To continue the style theme black grab rails for elderly bathroom renovations in Perth are a great change over than the common chrome finish. By doing black against a white back round it can really pop and add some trending style into the bathroom.

 disabled Friendly Toilet Perth

Extended Lever Mixers allow for easy use of your tap. The extended lever is designed for assisted living applications and provides greater hand and palm control with the advantage of a longer lever for easy reach and operating especially with your elbows. Below is a bathroom renovation we completed in Lynwood that uses these mixers.

Extended Lever Mixer Tap

Extended Lever Mixer Shower Tap

Lastly is what do you do with shampoo bottles or soaps. These items below are not the most inconspicuous but do allow for you to have another item to grab that’s not a grab rail for assistance. A Shower box might be a great combo like in the Thornlie bathroom renovation we completed below

Shower Box

Grab-Rail/Shower-Shelf

Grab-Rail/Shower-Shelf
 

3. Non Slip Tiles

Reducing the risk of falling is one of the main objectives of any disabled bathroom renovation project. Mats both at the point of entry/exit and in the tub itself dramatically reduce the risk of falling or injury. To improve disabled shower safety, also consider installing special non-slip flooring. Although more expensive than the mats, non-slip flooring provides added traction for users throughout the shower area and greatly enhances shower accessibility for the disabled or anyone with balance issues. Non-slip bathroom tiles in Perth WA are generally used for outdoors as that area can become quite slippery, keep in mind they are also the hardest tile to clean due to the ridges picking up everything.

3. Non Slip Tiles

3. Non Slip Tiles

Below is a list of further questions to ask your self when you undertake an assisted or elderly-friendly bathroom renovation in Perth WA.

  • Is the bathroom door big enough to enter thought in a wheelchair?
  • Is the bathroom big enough or do you need to use an alternative room?
  • Will you need safety covers for light switches or power points + Drains
  • Will you need a fold-down seat and grab rails?
  • What type of flooring do you need? Do you need Altro Safety Flooring, a type of vinyl hospitals use or tiles?
  • Will you need a bath? (Bathtub that is low and accessible)
  • Will you need a toilet with grab rails?
  • Will you need a sink that will allow you to use a wheelchair up close?

We have only glossed over this in this post but we will into specifics in later posts that will help you or a loved one a safer bathroom renovation for the disabled or injured.

 
It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at info@ontheballbathrooms.com.au

 
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