Steps to refurbish a toilet/bath into a bathroom adapted for disabled and elderly people.
You often ask us about the changes you need to make in order to have a bathroom that is more adapted for your elderly or for people with a physical disability. For this reason, we have decided to include in this post all the preventive measures that will help us to live more peacefully. Take note of the steps to turn a toilet into a bathroom adapted for the disabled and the elderly.
Changing the bathtub for shower trays for the elderly
It’s not a novelty that changing a bathtub for shower tray is one of the most demanded possible renovations to be carried out at home. And it is especially indicated when it comes to facilitating access to those with mobility issues.
With a shower tray you gain independence and it is a security measure that should be adopted obligatorily when we speak about senior or disabled people.
The shower trays to choose from can be of various types:
- Ceramics: They are an old time classic. The cheapest but also the most slippery. For that reason, and because they have little resistance to possible bumps, we would not recommend them in case of being a shower tray intended for a person with reduced mobility.
- Acrylics: The outer layer is acrylic and the inner layer is made from fibreglass or polyurethane. The interior has an agglomerated reinforcement that has to be a high density one to adequately resist the weight. They are somewhat less slippery than ceramics, but would not be the safest for a good grip.
- Mineral filler (resin): Made from resin mixed with marble. They have great resistance to bumps. And they are highly non-slip. To increase this last feature, it is especially recommended that they are covered with what is known as “gel coat” for greater adhesion.
- Natural stone: slate, marble, quartz or granite. They are also highly non-slip. The main disadvantage would be their high cost.
- It would always be best to place the shower tray at ground level in order to eliminate any type of barrier and comfortably move a wheeled chair into the shower.
- There are half-height screens available so someone could more comfortably help from outside the showering process of the person inside it.
- Shower trays
This shower tray is perfect for a modern and contemporary wet room design. Stone tray shower will always guarantee much higher durability and strength. They are harder, they tolerate loads better, and the outer coating is more resistant to scratches and cracks.
- Bathroom Mobility aid
It is the ideal aid to help you get in and out of the bath tub with ease. With the additional step, you can easily get in and out of the bath tub after major operations such as knee and hip replacements, or if you suffer from mobility issues.
- Bathroom Mat grips
If you live with children or the elderly, a non-slip bath mat is more than helpful – it is essential. They not only prevent falls, but they prevent pain too – and not just the pain lingering after falls.
As useful as switching to special toilets for the disabled, it is to correctly install the specific bars or handles next to them so that people can use them properly. In addition to controlling the height of the elements which will be vital, for example, the toilet seat should be between 17.5 inch. (45cm) and 19.5 inch (50cm) from ground level.
Other complementary adjustments that can help us to make the bathroom better adapted for handicapped and more accessible would be the use of shower chairs, non-slip floors or placing sliding doors instead of folding ones.
- Rail grips
Grab rails are designed to support people’s weight. By holding on to a grab rail while walking into a bathroom, sitting on the toilet and getting up, and entering and exiting a shower or bath, one can be assured of better balance and extra support.
- Bathroom stool
Shower chairs allow people who have decreased balance, physical strength or mobility difficulties to sit comfortably while showering safely and independently.
- Bath seating Board.
The board can be placed over the bath to provide a platform for sitting on while getting into and out of the bath. The board has one handle for extra support. It is easy to install and maintain. It can be placed in or over the bath, and some features include an adjustable height.