Accessible Bath Style
Bathroom Accessibility is an element often taken for granted when designing a bathroom for bath safety improvements. Whether you have a temporary injury, use a wheelchair or plan to live in your house well into your golden years, eliminating barriers now is a smart move for the future.
Bathrooms experience a steady stream of traffic on a daily basis, so it's important that all users have free and clear access to all areas. If you have young children or have older relatives with physical limitations that either live with you or visit often, there are a number of steps you can take to make your bathroom safer and more convenient for everyone, such as grab bars and shower chairs.
Consider the following as you explore your design options:
The latest trends in bath safety accessories offer barrier-free design with an emphasis on style. Universal design is an approach to the design of objects, facilities and environments intended to make them easy to use by all persons.
In addition to universal design, the following bath safety accessories can improve the overall appearance of your bathroom while making it more accessible and functional for everyone.
Bathroom Safety Tips
Bathrooms are a unique mixture of both practical and aesthetic elements. The design should include a well-planned layout styled to reflect your personal taste; but no matter how cautious people try to be, accidents happen.
Taking the following additional precautions will ensure that your bath stays safe for everyone:
• Stick double-faced carpet tape on rugs or use non-staining anti-skid mats to ensure they don't slide on a wet floor
• Use slip-resistant floor tile
• Make certain grab bars are anchored to the wall framing
• Set hair dryers, curling irons and electric razors on a wide surface away from water sources
• Ensure all electric outlets are ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected
• Use plastic glasses, soap trays and other accessories that won't shatter if they hit a hard floor or countertop
• Lower the temperature in your water heater to 120-degrees F and install anti-scald valves in faucets, tubs and showers
• Install a cordless telephone in the bathroom as it is a great aid for seeking assistance in case of emergency
• Install an elevated toilet seat to make access easier for anyone with difficulty sitting or rising from a seated position
• Install a shower chair in your tub or shower to make showering easier for anyone with difficulty standing for long periods of time
• Add a hand shower to make bathing and showering easier
Playful and Practical
Children look at the bathroom as another place to play, so never leave them unsupervised in the bath. Designing a bathroom for children can be deceptively difficult. Before your children splish-splash in the bath, make certain the room is safe. For example, adding non-slip bath mats will help negate slippery falls.
Consult the chart below to learn about products that make the bathroom safer and easier for them to use: