Disabled bathrooms have characteristics that are not found in ordinary ones. This is because the handicapped have body structures and movements that are different from the able bodied. Adjustments have to be made to make the toilet furnishings fit more.
These facilities have the following common characteristics:
· Provide support to the mobility-impaired
· Allow easy use of devices
· Have emergency buttons that are within reach
· Don’t include objects that may be harmful for the visually challenged
· Keep accidents at a minimum
· Contains first aid kits and other materials useful for treating maladies
· Have secure parts
Some of the things that you will see in these bathrooms are as follows:
· Grab bars – These are located along the walls and near the toilet or bathing area. They help with walking around the room, getting on/off the chairs, and stabilizing one’s self when dressing up.
· Chairs – These allow the person to sit if in case he/she gets tired or unable to stand up for long periods of time.
· Bench for transfers – Transferring from one place of the bathroom to another may be exhausting for the disabled. These will let them recover.
· Shower chairs – These are for those who need to be seated while bathing.
· Floor mats – Mats protect the handicapped from slipping accidents.
· Door padding – These minimizes injuries.
· Labels and instructions in Braille – This help the blind in knowing about their environment.
· Lower sinks and shelves – People in wheelchairs find it hard to reach high areas.
· Higher toilet seats – These seats are set at the level of the wheel chair so that they can transfer to and from it easily.
· Wide doors – Doors and passageways are wide to let wheelchairs pass through.
These are some of the differences between ordinary and disabled bathrooms. Other toilet facilities have additional special features.