Handicap Bathrooms
 Equipped for Easy Use

Handicap bathrooms may have various handicap equipment and accessories. When it comes to fixtures and equipment, professional installation is highly recommended. The design usually reflects the user’s needs and complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.

There are various attractive bath or shower accessories and fixtures for home use such as shower shelf, toilet paper holder, towel holder and others that may be found in a bathroom for a disabled person. They are available in stylish models and finishes that are ADA compliant.

There are also various handicap aids such as long handle sponges, toilet paper aid and others.  These facilitate bathing and toileting.

Essentials for Handicap Bathrooms

Items such as support bars or bathroom safety grab bars are essential and should be properly positioned and installed by a qualified contractor. The grab bars should be reliable enough to provide support and safety for a disabled person. Handicap grab bars and handrails are typically placed in different areas of the room and in the shower and bathtub area.

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It should be noted that support bars are only as strong as the wall they are mounted on and the hardware used for mounting.  Sound structure is important.  A professional can determine whether adjustments need to be made to the wall prior to installing support bars.

Breaking up a wall to insert reinforcement needed for safety bar installation may not be what you would like to do.  However if that is what is needed to ensure proper installation then that is what should be done.

Items such as fixed shower seats are positioned according to ADA guidelines in a roll-in type shower compartment or alternate as specified by the ADA.

It is also important to select equipment that is suitable for the user, for example if the individual(s) is obese, the standard equipment may not be adequate to sustain the weight of an obese person.  A bariatric version would likely be more suitable.  

The weight capacity of the equipment should be evaluated to determine whether it is appropriate for the user.
A regular toilet may need to be supported by an additional piece in order to increase the weight capacity for use by a large person.  It may otherwise break with regular use and cause damage to the wall it is attached to.

The ADA addresses issues of disability and bathroom for the handicapped or people with disabilities and provides specific guidelines. More information can be found in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities Published in the Federal Register July 23, 2004 and amended August 5, 2005.

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