If you or your loved one rely on a wheelchair to get around, you will find that you need to make some modifications to your home, including in the bathroom. To design a wheelchair-friendly bathroom, a couple of changes will need to be made, some of which will require a contractor to be called in. Read on to find out more about some of the necessary changes you should consider making.
Removing Cabinets Under the Sink and Repositioning Light Switches
You will need room for your wheelchair when brushing your teeth in the sink, and to this end, any cabinets under your sink will need to be removed. This will allow you to position your legs comfortably. If you are unable to reach the existing light switches from a seated position in your wheelchair, they will need to be repositioned as well.
Installing Grab Bars and Larger Shower Spaces
Whether you have a commode chair or your wheelchair can be moved directly into the shower, you will need to ensure that your shower space is big enough to accommodate it. If you have a bath, transferring yourself to and from your wheelchair can be made easier by installing grab bars around your tub or shower. Even if you don’t have issues transferring yourself, grab bars should be installed as a safety precaution, such as in the case of falls.
Rethinking Doors and Storage Spaces
It can be difficult for you to get close enough to push open your shower door. In this case, you may wish to get a sliding door installed instead. If cupboard and cabinet doors pose the same problem, getting them removed can make it much simpler for you to grab the items you need.
Removing Slip Hazards
There can be numerous slip hazards within a bathroom, including rugs and mats that can trip up your wheelchair. Instead, you may wish to get anti-slip flooring installed after removing all potential hazards.
Lighting Is Everything
To add on, lighting can make or break the accessibility of any space. Getting an additional window installed to let in natural light or getting new light fixtures can brighten up the bathroom and make it easier for you to navigate around in your wheelchair.
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