If you’re going to install a mobility bathroom in your property, then going through the right process of planning is key to make the project a success.
Mobility bathrooms can transform home life for those who have difficulties moving around the house. Even the simplest of tasks that we all take for granted can be incredibly challenging in a traditional bathroom.
Once installed, a mobility bathroom can give the user a whole host of benefits. The layout and space offered by a mobility bathroom can increase movement and make it easier to use the toilet, bathe and even access things such as the basin.
So, before you get started, you should consider what will be required in the design of the room to truly maximise the potential. Here are a few key considerations when you’re planning your mobility bathroom.
The spacing of the elements in your bathroom is going to be incredibly important when it comes to allowing the user full manoeuvrability.
If the primary user of the mobility bathroom is in a wheelchair, then measure the size of it and ensure that the plan for the bathroom and the position of each element allows for full, unobstructed movement around the area.
It’s important to put yourself in the mindset of all users of the bathroom when you’re planning it. Seeing it from the point of view of those with mobility difficulties can help you to ensure that the design is optimised for access.
One key aspect will be the position of handrails. Have conversations with anyone using the bathroom who will need handrails – where do they need to be to truly assist them, how big should they be and how many are required.
Specific Furniture & Equipment
If your mobility bathroom is going to be used by someone in a wheelchair, then this needs factoring in from the very beginning. Aside from the space and handrails, the essential bathroom equipment itself may need to be ordered specifically.
For example, the user may need a lower toilet. Make sure you speak to a professional company to ensure you understand the requirements and the options available.
A wheelchair user will also need to have ample access to the room itself. The door in to the mobility bathroom will need to be wider than a standard bathroom door if the room is being used by a wheelchair user.
Additionally, it will need to swing open beyond the usual 90 degree angle, so before any bathroom work begins, it may be necessary to perform some structural changes to the property to widen the door.
Position Of Fittings
With all of the above taken in to consideration, you can begin to look at some of the bathroom fixtures and fittings. You need to be as thorough here as well.
How far up the wall can the primary user reach to turn the shower taps/dial on?
Do they need a chair for showering?
Also, consider the tiling used and whether they will be suitable for all users.
For more information about any of these considerations and to discuss your own requirements in more detail, contact our team today.