Monday, August 03, 2015

Handicapped Bathrooms Are Badly Designed

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
August 3, 2015

Handicapped bathrooms in motels 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 two unique problems in a motel 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.

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