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Design for Elderly and Disabled Environments Bathroom Part 4 of 10 Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible Common Barriers Mirror/Medicine Cabinet Shower Head Wall Reinforcement Shower/Bathroom Door Base Cabinet Floor Surface Toilet Lavatories Lavatory Faucet Replacement

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design for elderly and disabled environments

Design for Elderly and Disabled Environments

Bathroom

Part 4 of 10

Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible

content bathrooms
Common Barriers

Mirror/Medicine Cabinet

Shower Head

Wall Reinforcement

Shower/Bathroom Door

Base Cabinet

Floor Surface

Toilet

Lavatories

Lavatory Faucet Replacement

General Information

Content: Bathrooms
common barriers in bathrooms
Mirror & Cabinet too high

Knob handles hard to reach & grip

Fixed shower head

Sliding glass door

Grab bars

Limited floor space

Common Barriers in Bathrooms
common barriers in bathrooms4
Slippery Floor

Door too narrow

Threshold too high

Cabinets restrict wheelchair access

Toilet too high

Knob handles

Towel bar inaccessible

Common Barriers in Bathrooms
remodeled bathroom wall reinforcement
Consider wall reinforcement for future grab bars

Reinforcing may be done for entire wall with plywood or other structural boards

Solid wood backing in locations where designed by ANSI &/or ADAAG standards

Remodeled Bathroom: Wall Reinforcement
remodeled bathroom base cabinet
Use removable cabinet

Cabinet could be reinstalled if knee space no longer needed

Countertop must be mounted on wall with support brackets

Pipe protection installed between wall support brackets

Remodeled Bathroom: Base Cabinet
remodeled bathroom toilet
Locate toilet 18” from side walls

Consider installing wall reinforcement for future grab bars

Toilet seat spacer addition

Remodeled Bathroom: Toilet
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One toilet uses warm water for washing and warm air for drying. This is helpful for those who have difficulties using tissue.

remodeled bathroom grab bar
Consider a vertical bar on the end wall.

The higher level bars are used by people transferring into the tub.

The lower bar is for descending down into the tub.

The bar on the opposite of the shower wall may be omitted if a built-in transfer set is installed.

Remodeled Bathroom: Grab Bar
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The diameter of the grab bar should be between 1-1/4” to

1-1/2”.

The distance between the grab bar and the wall should be 1-1/2”.

Grab Bars must support 250 lbs. sustained load.

Remodeled Bathroom: Grab Bar
remodeled bathroom grab bar at toilet
The side mounted bar to be a minimum of 42” long.

The rear mounted bar to be 24” to 36” long.

Grab Bars should be mounted on a reinforced wall at a height of 33” to 36” from the floor.

Remodeled Bathroom: Grab Bar at Toilet
remodeled bathroom lavatories
Lavatories fixtures should have front-to-back depth of at least 17”

Top of rim should be no higher than 34” above floor & not lower than 29”

Remodeled Bathroom: Lavatories
remodeled bathroom lavatories faucet replacement
Use lever or asymmetrical handles that do not require gripping to operate

Single lever type faucet is easiest for most people to use

Models with a high temperature stop are available to prevent accidental scalding

Remodeled Bathroom: Lavatories: Faucet Replacement
remodeled bathroom general
Remodeled Bathroom: General
  • Use threshold not higher than 1/4”
  • Bathroom door should swing out to provide
  • extra floor space
  • Use non-skid & slip-resistant surfaces