Accessible Bathrooms Enhance Our Humanity

Accessible Bathrooms Should Whisper “I’m Here To Help You In Every Way Possible”

The major purpose for creating accessible bathrooms is to help people perform daily health and personal-care needs without minimizing their personal value. What’s the Successful accessible bathrooms must maintain the humanity of occupants. important feature in a great accessible bathroom? Humanity! There are required features, of course, but they don’t have to be a reminder that the person who needs them is in-valid.  Quality of life, and personal esteem are too often the lowest-priority features. Other terms used synonomously are barrier-free design, aging-in-place design, and lifetime livability.

Here are features that accessible bathrooms should have:

  • Doors:
    • 32″ wide, minimum.  There are offset hinges to make the net opening of 32″ wide doorways more accessible.
    • Pocket doors are good, but have limitations regarding location, and pulls may be hard to grip.
    • 36″ wide doorways are better.
    • Easy-to-grip lever handles.
  • Wheelchairs and walkers:
    • 5′ turning radius (without a lot of “back and forth” maneuvering).
  • Floors:
    • Same level on both sides of a doorway.
    • Slip-resistant hard surface that will allow wheelchairs and walkers to glide effortlessly.
    • No area rugs. (more…)