If someone in your household has suffered permanent injuries or if you are welcoming an elderly relative into your home, then you may suddenly have a need for handicap accessible facilities in your home. This may also be the case if you have moved to a new home that needs improved accessibility for you or a family member with mobility issues.

No-threshold showers
No-threshold showers are the ideal solution for anyone who needs to get into the shower with a walker or wheelchair. The floor of a no-threshold shower transitions smoothly from the bathroom floor, so you don’t have to raise or lower yourself into the shower. These showers and walk-in bathtubs are also good for anyone with decreased mobility as they don’t require you to take a big step to get into or out of the bath/shower.

Comfortable heights
Positioning shower controls, toilets, sinks, and cabinets at a comfortable height for wheelchair users is essential for a handicap accessible bathroom. Wheelchair users won’t have to struggle or ask for help to perform everyday activities such as bathing and going to the toilet when everything is in easy reach for them to use as comfortably as possible.

Grab bars
Grab bars positioned around the bathroom can also help with mobility, as well as helping to prevent serious slips and falls. Grab bars around the toilet and in the shower are particularly useful to help those with low mobility navigate their way around the bathroom with ease.

In-shower seat
Paraplegics or anyone else with low mobility or a lack of strength in the lower body can benefit from an in-shower seat, so they are not required to stand while they bathe. Instead, they can sit at a comfortable height with access to the shower controls and toiletries they need.

When you’re planning for a handicap accessible bathroom, think not just of what is required now, but what might be needed in the future if their condition is expected to deteriorate. This way, you can have a remodel done that will last longer.

If you need your bathroom remodeling to become more handicap accessible, either now or to accommodate for future needs, then talk to us to get a free design consultation to help determine your needs and find out which options are available. We serve the Triad area of North Carolina, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, and their surrounding communities.

Published 12/4/17