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We specialize in Standard & Luxury Bathroom Remodels, Bathtub Conversions For Seniors (Safety Bathrooms), Walk In Tub Coversions, Bathroom Shower Enclosures, ADA Accessible Baths, Tub To Shower Conversions, Custom Bathroom Vanities, Jetted Tubs, and more.
When you begin to think about remodeling your bathroom, you need to take into consideration the accessibility. Our services are available to the entire Phoenix Metropolitan area including: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree, Glendale, Surprise, Sun City, Peoria, Youngtown, Arizona and more.
Bathtub Conversions For Seniors:
When you are remodeling homes for those who are physically challenged, many of them will be wheelchair bound. You will need to take time to access the needs of the client and ensure that the bathroom will fit their needs. Below are some guidelines for accessibility for a bathroom that will not only look well it will function well for all that use it.
Other safety bath accessories such as:
- Tower bars
- Vanities and vanity tops
- Side boards
- Shower towers
- Licensed pluming
- As well as other accessories.
All the doors will need to be around 34 inches wide and will need to come with levels instead of a door knob, this includes the door for the bathroom as well as other rooms. There will also need to be at least a 5 foot turning radius for wheelchairs according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the space is too tight, a remodeler may want to do more with less. The 5 foot turning radius could not be needed, especially when it comes to electric wheelchairs that turn easily.
Curbless Shower Stalls:
The needed shower stall will need to be about 5 feet wide by 3 feet deep without a curb. If the client insists on a curb, then just use rubber that the wheelchair may roll over. Most clients will often transfer into a shower chair, but having a built in shower seat is always a possibility. You can begin sloping the floor towards the drain at least 6 inches away from the shower curtain, if there is one. Many European showers will be open, and often the same type of style similar to what is used in a high end bath in the United States.
You will need to start with a slider bar for a shower hose and a head that is about 4 feet off the floor, this enables the shower head to go up to 6 feet tall. You should also use a shower valve that will be controlled by thermostat as well as pressure balanced, so that your client will not get scalded. If the client wants a full body wash, you may also include a regular shower head. In order to keep it from looking like a hospital, ensure that the grab bars are colored instead of made from chrome.
Clearance under the sink:
You need to plan to have around 27 inches under the sink for a wheelchair. The sink top will need to be around 34 inches tall. You can have a trap that goes into the wall or back towards the wall. You may also fit faucets on the sides of the sink which will make them easier to reach or you can install a motion detected faucet. Be sure to hang the mirror low enough that a seated person may be able to see themselves or you could tilt the top of the mirror out.
A toilet will need to be in between support bars that are 36 inches apart. A toilet seat needs to be 17 inches tall will be quite comfortable for all people. If affordable, you could get a combination bidet and toilet.
Accessible Bathroom Design Options
When mobility becomes an issue, home owners will begin to debate if they need to move into a home that is accessible. But, there are actually just a few simple updates that may be done to make a bathroom more comfortable for years to come.
Seats in the showers
This is an option that is quite inexpensive that will allow a bath to be accessible. Small, stools or plastic chairs are a great option because they can be removed if it is needed.
A built in seat or bench is another type of option that should be considered if you plan to build an accessible or remodeling an accessible bath. The ADA standards do recommend placing fold down seats attached to the wall or a built in bench on the wall if you have small showers.
Handheld Shower Head
To be able to accommodate a standing or seated bather, you should install a handheld showerhead that will has at least a 60 inch hose. This will give flexibility as your needs begin to change and it is a great addition to basically any shower.
Adding grab bars near the toilet, bathtub, or shower will make it easier to use your existing features. Adding a grab bar in the right location will offer stability and support, but it doesn’t require a complete remodeling.
If you are worried that the grab bars will detract from your décor, you will be happy to know that many companies provide grab bars are not boring but very stunning. Companies like Jaclooffer, Moen, Rohl, and Kohler have various grab bars in different finishes and styles.
Universal Access Showers
Most showers will have a raised or recessed curb, but this ledge could cause issues for people getting into and out of the bath. A universal access shower don’t have raised accesses, which makes them a great alternative for those who have mobility issues, and it also directs the water into the drain correctly.
Most universal access showers will be custom designed, but there are a few of these showers that could be set up in your home.
Hands Free Faucets
A single handle or hands free faucet will make it much easier to use the bathroom. A single hand faucet will make it easier to turn and adjust water flow without having to twist your wrist or grasping it. Companies such as Delta and Kohler have hands free faucets that use a sensor to detect your hand, which is similar to what is found in most public restrooms.
Lower Light Switches
These are quite easy to miss. Light switches will play a huge part in creating an accessible bath. Firstly, don’t forget to lower your light switches so that they can be reached by those in a wheelchair. Secondly, install switches that have large toggles or a simple push button that doesn’t require a pinching motion to turn them on and off.
Walk in Tubs
Being able to swing your legs over the tub could be hard for those who have stiff joints. A walk in tub does provide home owners with a calming soak that has easy entry. They are not widely used in the United States and could be hard to locate.
The ADA does recommend that toilets be 17 to 19 inches tall to the top of the seat. Most new toilets will match these standards, but there are some methods that you can use to adjust the height of your toilet without having to replace it.
A thicker toilet seat will be the best and less costly priced choice for adding height to your toilet. With a taller toilet seat, you could lower yourself with ease, switch to the toilet to the wheelchair and stand easier.
If you are not wanting thick toilet seat, and don’t want to replace your toilet, then you could purchase platforms that can be installed below your toilet that will raise it several inches.
Simple adjustments like these could actually make a huge difference for those who want to live in their homes for years to come.
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