24. 02. 2021
Living life with a disability can raise different challenges. A non-accessible bathroom can have devastating effects on the quality of life of those with disabilities. Even in the cases of bathrooms designed to help users experience, they often feel clinical and medical, which is not something you want in your home. Designing an accessible bathroom renovation can dramatically increase the quality of life at home by offering a solution that is fitted to the needs of the user.
Designing accessible bathrooms do not only benefit those that need extra help, but they are also a legal requirement if you own a public or commercial property. The exact standards you have to comply with when you are installing an accessible bathroom in a commercial property may vary depending on several criteria, so be sure to consult with a bathroom specialist.
What to Consider When Designing Your Disabled Bathroom Renovation
Every disability is unique and therefore the accessible bathroom solution should also be unique. The type of design changes, considerations, and adaptations required will vary from person to person and bathroom to bathroom. When considering the options, it's also important to take into account any building code standards. As a registered and qualified bathroom supplier Crystal Bathrooms can advise you on the best way to incorporate these adaptations in a stylish manner while remaining compliant with all the relevant building codes.
Fixtures and Toilets
Ensuring fixtures, fittings, and toilets are at the right height and easily accessible is one of the most important things to get right. Sinks and surfaces should be at an appropriate height to allow easy access without straining and maintain enough space for wheelchair usage. Accessible toilets are usually suspended, with an ergonomic seat design, and if required a tilting mechanism to make getting on and off easier.
Bathing and Showering
Adaptive baths and showers come in many shapes and forms. The biggest difference is that they are generally bigger to allow more space for adaptations such as shower chairs, grab rails, and maneuvering around. Higher baths can cause several issues such as climbing in and out for those with impaired movement. In these cases, walk-in, seated options or low-level designs may be considered.
One thing all accessible bathrooms have in common is that they are designed with ample free space and accessible openings to allow ease of access and maneuverability. Keeping storage solutions to a minimum, installing sliding doors, and other adaptations such as slim-line radiators can free up valuable space in your bathroom renovation to make getting around easier.
Why You Need to Work with a Registered NDIS Provider
NDIS is the Australia wide, national scheme to help people with disabilities get the help and support they need. Working through the NDIS scheme with a registered and approved NDIS provider, you may be entitled to help and support for your accessible bathroom renovation. An assessment will be carried out to determine the needs and requirements that can be fulfilled under the scheme. Working with an NDIS registered provider not only ensures that you are eligible for all the support you may be entitled to, but also guarantees that the renovation is designed and installed to meet all the relevant regulations, rules, and building codes, preventing unwanted surprises further down the line.
Accessible Bathroom Renovations with Crystal Bathrooms
Crystal Bathrooms offer premium quality bathroom renovations to properties and businesses throughout the Sydney area. We understand the problems caused by non-accessible bathroom solutions to those that need them. Therefore, we work closely with our customers, working to the latest industry standards, to design your bathrooms based on your specific needs. We are registered as an NDIS provider and only use the finest quality materials to make your bathroom renovations stand out in quality, durability, and style.