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Tips for Renovating a Bathroom for the Handicapped

One of the most difficult things that handicapped people often face is the loss of independence and lack of mobility when it comes to the inconvenience of most residential bathrooms. Of course, the degree of disability is the defining issue of how much independence one can enjoy, but often, renovating a bathroom to accommodate the handicapped is a major way to restore some personal freedom.

To get the proper equipment for your disabled bathrooms you can contact a disability equipment provider. Here are a few tips to consider, if you are planning on renovating a bathroom in the house for someone disabled.

Tip #1 – What type of disability?

You must first consider the type of disability you wish to accommodate. Many types of disabilities require different types of equipment, which will determine the type of renovation required. Wheelchairs, crutches, and scooters are the common disability tools that most people use and each has its own bathroom accessibility needs.

Doing some research is also important, so don't forget to check the Federal ADA guidelines for bathrooms. Even though these guidelines are for public facilities, they are extremely helpful in residential settings.

Tips for Renovating a Bathroom for the Handicapped

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Tip #2 – Consider Size of Bathroom

After you determine what your needs are, you must consider the size bathroom and how much space you have. For example, if you are going to accommodate a wheelchair disability, you will need to consider the door width.

 If you have a smaller bathroom that you wish to convert, you may have to completely remove the door frame and make the entrance wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Not only will you have to consider the doorway, but you will also have to consider if the room is large enough to handle turns and movements in a wheelchair.

Tip #3 – Barrier Free or As Is?

A third thing to determine is whether or not you want a barrier-free bath or can leave much of the residential bathroom as is, with only a few minor changes. For those who are seriously disabled, a barrier-free bath provides ample room with no restrictions such as uneven floors, closed tubs, and step-up showers.