Disabled Bathroom Design Western Australia
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One size does not fit allIf you or a family member is disabled, then you’ve probably given a lot of thought to how you can make certain rooms in your house more accessible – especially the bathroom. There are plenty of requirements and considerations that need to be taken into account when designing a disabled-friendly bathroom. All Style Bathrooms makes the process easier. For a great functioning disabled bathroom layout, Australia’s bathroom specialists have you covered. All Style Bathrooms can transform your bathroom into a space that is functional, practical and unique. With more than 20 years’ experience in providing custom bathroom renovations, we’ll take care of all aspects of your renovation. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote.
Level of mobilityBefore you go ahead and renovate, there are a few questions that you need to ask:
- What type of mobility aid is used by the person?
- Can the person lift and transfer their weight?
- Can they operate standard controls? (taps, toilet flush)
- Will the person’s condition likely change over time?
SizeA bigger room is usually better as it allows for easy movement around fittings and fixtures. However, if you’re working with a smaller bathroom, don’t fret, we can make it work. We can design a smaller bathroom with suitable facilities while still maintaining enough room to move.
LocationThe bathroom needs to be located in a part of the house that is easily accessible. It should be near the bedroom, with either secondary access from a corridor or by extending the bedroom into an en-suite.
Bathroom fittingsNow that you’ve thought about size and location, it’s time to look at fittings. This involves looking at disabled toilet requirements and accessible washroom designs.
ToiletsPeople who use wheelchairs will require more space to transfer between wheelchair and toilet. The most common methods used are side and front transfers, which is why the seat height needs to be between 460 and 480 mm. Flush controls need to be at a height that the intended person can reach, and include a grip rail that can be easily grabbed.
WashbasinsPeople in wheelchairs need a washbasin at a lower level that includes ample knee space. Semi recessed basins are suitable for those standing and someone in a wheelchair. These basins are designed to provide more vanity space, as they hang over the counter slightly. The basin must be securely fixed because people will use this as extra support.
BathsHaving a wheelchair accessible tub may seem impossible but the good news is that it is entirely possible. For wheelchair users, include the following:
- A comfortable platform at the end of the bath for easy transfer from bath to wheelchair
- A horizontal grab rail just above the bath rim
- A hand-held flexible shower hose that makes it possible to shower while seated