Nowadays it could be quite difficult to find the home plans which are oriented to handicapped users and could be customized to suit your needs. So, the most important thing in getting usable and comfortable bathroom for handicapped user is to find a reliable architect agency which will produce plans for handicapped users’ bathroom.
There are number of things to consider when buying disabled accessible floor plans. When deciding on a provider of handicapped home plans you should always have in mind that different handicapped people have different needs, so don’t just settle for first ready-to-use things offered. Provider of plans should be able to customize disabled accessible bathroom plans to your wishes.
The first issue, which is primary thing to concern, is that the bathroom should be safe enough to use. It should not contain any objects or functions which could harm handicapped people. When a person becomes disabled it is usually a nightmare for him to safely use the bathroom without the help of nurse or family member. But building the bathroom according to well designed disabled accessible bathroom plans could make it easier for a handicapped user to take care of their own hygiene. Every bathroom plan for disabled should focus on this:
Disabled accessible bathroom plans should allow same level (no steps or other obstacles), wheelchair friendly easy entrance and exit. At least 32 inches wide entrance could be fine, but 36 inches or more is much better and more comfortable for a wheelchair user. The entrance could be designed with a curtain or sliding door, although that option lacks privacy. If you want a traditional door make sure that handicapped person can use it. Because of the safety issues also make sure that door can be unlocked from the outside.
In most cases disabled accessible bathroom plans should consider a higher toilet seat, because it’s much easier for a disabled person to use. The best height for toilet seat for handicapped user is around 18 inches. Also, there should be grab handles on at least one side of the toilet, so the person can lift himself up. You must have in mind the size of the person, so don’t place the seat too close to the wall or place the grab bars too close together.
For a user who doesn’t use the wheelchair but has trouble bending, place the sink at a 40 inch height. For a wheelchair user place the sink at a height of 30 – 34 inches. Also, for wheelchair user the space underneath the sink is required. In that case a person in a wheelchair can roll up to the sink.
Ordinary bathtubs have many obstacles for the handicapped user. That’s why disabled accessible bathroom plans should have walk-in bathtubs or walk-in showers. Even roll-in showers are available, where person can enter shower in a wheelchair. If using that option make sure that wheelchair is designed for bathing and made from stainless and water-friendly material.