We get lots of calls today for families who are bringing their elderly loved ones into their homes and looking for ideas on how to provide a comfortable safe bathroom design.
HOW TO PROVIDE INDEPENDENCE AND DIGNITY
Limited mobility doesn’t mean they want to give up using the bathroom by themselves. Here’s some features to help that happen.
Ease of entry – the doorway should be large enough for a wheelchair or a walker – 30” and it should open out
A non-slip floor either tile or vinyl
A high or comfort height toilet
Fold down toilet grab bars
Shower – not tub
Low or zero shower threshold – we build recessed shower bases – wheel in and out without lifting the wheels
Shower bench makes showering enjoyable and relaxing
Shower wand to use sitting on the bench
Shower controls set close to the bench for easy access
Extra grab bars – at least 2 for safety
Niche for storing bottles close at hand
Suspended vanity so the wheelchair can fit underneath
Shower curtain – not glass – for ease of entry
3 piece bathrooms in 5ft x 8ft can be converted
Tubs converted to showers
Showers should be 35” deep but 30” for smaller bathrooms
Full renovation: Typically expect to spend about 50% more on a properly designed and equipped handicap bathroom – about $12,000 to $15,000.
Partial tub to shower conversion: Tub to shower conversion: $8,000 to $10,000
WHY BUILD TO HANDICAP STANDARDS
Limited mobility and safety concerns can take a physical toll on the person themselves and their care-givers. A properly designed handicap bathroom relieves stress for everyone and provides dignity and independence for all concerned.
RAMPS AND OUTSIDE OF HOME ACCESS
We build wooden ramps meeting handicap requirements to suit your property layout which rounds out your home.
At Calgary Bath and Home we have over 30 years experience and we provide design and product assistance as part of our services and a list of trusted stores to shop for your product.
We have financing available through Snap Loans with good terms and fully open.
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