Las Vegas Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms Remodeling Contractor
Handicap Shower Remodel
There are several items you may want to consider if you have a parent, partner, or loved one that may need easier accessibility to the bathroom.
- Create as much open space as possible. ADA guidelines recommend an open area within the bathroom that’s at least 5 feet in diameter to allow for easy turning. 4 feet of clear space in front of each fixture is also highly recommended, as well as between the sink and the toilet if both fixtures share the same wall. These spaces also will allow room for a caregiver, if needed.
- Doorways should become as wide as possible, ideally 36” so a wheelchair can obtain easy access.
- In tight areas, pocket or barn-style doors provide privacy while maintaining the open space.
- Door handles should be levered to eliminate the grabbing and twisting motion.
- Vanities should be modified to allow wheelchair access.
- If a sit-down dressing table is desired, ensure there is enough clear knee space underneath so a chair can pull in close.
- Sink faucets should have levered handles to allow for ease of operation. Anti-scalding faucets reduce the likelihood of accidents.
- The shower stall should have no threshold that would impede the entrance and exit of a wheelchair. If the shower is on a second floor or an area where a threshold-less design is not possible, the threshold should be as short as possible.
- Install the control valves and showerheads at two different heights, or include a handheld nozzle that can be used from a seated position. Anti-scalding faucets help reduce the chance of burns.
- A built-in seat in the shower can provide extra comfort and utility.
- Add reinforcement in the walls for grab bars, very close to where the person will be positioned in the shower. Consider grab bars for both the caregiver and person needing care.
- Install grab bars on the walls surrounding the tub, as well as top-mounted grab bars to assist in access.
- For tall tubs, add a step for easier access.
- Side-entry bathtubs are very popular due to the ease of entry and exit.
- Toilets with an elongated bowl and elevated height greatly improve the to and from the toilet to the chair.
- Install grab bars behind the toilet (and to the side, if possible)
- Lower the height of the switches operating the lights and fans in the bathroom.
- Consider placement of mirrors in such a way that a person in a wheelchair would be able to view themselves comfortably.