August 3, 2015

Handicapped Bathrooms Are Badly Designed

Handicapped bathrooms in hotels I have used since my stroke are poorly designed.  The most common error I have seen is placing the towel rack on a wall ten feet away from the tub across the extra large bathroom.  It may be dangerous for a companion to turn his or her back on a disabled person and walk away to retrieve a towel.  I solved this problem by dragging the luggage rack into the bathroom.  I placed my towel and bathrobe on the rack where I could reach them while sitting on my folding shower stool.  An inexpensive solution is to place hooks near the bathtub at wheelchair height.

I ran into 2 unique problems in one hotel handicapped bathroom. 1)  The shower curtain was so short and hung so far away from the tub that I could look down and see a four inch wide strip of the bathroom floor.  A wet floor is a Fall Hazard.  Before I got in the tub I did my best to soak up the water by putting a bath towel on the floor.  An inexpensive solution is to purchase longer shower curtains that can be tucked inside the bathtub.
2)  The removable shower head hanging down (photo on left) was almost impossible to use.  When I detached it to use in sitting, the shower head barely reached me because it was mounted so high on the wall.  I turned off the water while soaping up because letting the nozzle hang free made it to point outwards (photo on right).  I was not able to keep all the spray inside the tub.  A wet floor is a Fall Hazard.
 







The extra long shower hose did not compensate for the high wall mount the plumber used.  I do not see an easy fix for this problem. 


4 comments:

  1. My family people (include 10+/- year old kids) want a shower not a tub! My bathroom is very old and we had to re-install tub / toilet / sink. We looked at the tub vs shower - the shower is much lower cost of the tub and very lots of widgets if you want them. We settled on the shower - not a “lip” so you can walk or drive a wheelchair from the bathroom to the shower. We love it !!

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  2. I agree. Why don't they ask for input from actual handicapped people?

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me. freestanding baths

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  4. Yes, unfortunately, this is a common situation for people with disabilities. Some bathrooms do not even have shower stools like http://www.bestshowerchairs.com/. But these are only people's problems.

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