Make Your Bathroom Wheelchair Accessible

If someone in your home is in a wheelchair, you should make it accessible to them, including the bathroom. This will make it much easier for them to navigate, and help them be more independent:

Bathtub and Shower

A fixed or rolling shower seat in the bathroom shower can accommodate some wheelchair users. You can install the seat at different heights. This allows the person to sit while they are taking a shower. It can be removed when they are finished for others in your home when they take their showers.

Installing a curbless shower is something else you should consider. The opening of the shower is level with the floor, and is sloped. Make sure the shower is wide enough for the wheelchair to enter, and turn around in.Make sure you install grab bars in your bathroom. For the bath tub, and put a grab bar at the sitting and seating range. For the shower, put grab bars all around.

You can find the equipment you need to make your bathroom more accessible at a medical equipment and supply company.

Bathroom Sink

The bathroom sink should be low enough, and have no cabinet underneath it. This allows them to pull their wheelchair under the sink so they can easily wash their hands. Install hand's free or single faucets, and mount the mirror low enough so they can see.

Make sure the vanity and furniture are sturdy, so they can use them to grab on to and help them maneuver in the bathroom. Consider where you place products, such as first-aid supplies, toothpaste and toothbrushes, floss, eye car, prescriptions, etc. so they can be easily reached.

If it is within your budget, a vanity that has an adjustable height gives accessibility to everyone in your family.

Bathroom Toilet

Install the toilet high enough to make it easier to transfer, stand, or lower from a wheelchair onto and off the toilet. If you cannot replace the toilet, you could install a thicker toilet seat to add some height.

Install a bidet, which is a low basin they can use to wash their genital and anal area. This allows them to have more privacy, and have better hygiene if they have problems reaching for the toilet paper.

If you cannot install a bidet, make sure the toilet paper dispenser is at a height most comfortable for them.

Consider where you place things such as extra toilet paper, medical equipment, wipes, and sanitary products, to make them easily accessible to them.

Install one grab bar on one side of the toilet, or a grab bar on each side that they can use when moving onto and off the toilet.

Ask your family member what will make it easier for them when they are in the bathroom. They will likely have suggestions you may not think of yourself. To learn more, contact a company like Alaska Mobility with any questions you have.