Gone are the days of primitive and bulky handicapped fixtures for the bathroom. Innovative help for the disabled abounds from simple needs for independent support to full assisted living aids.
Bath Tub Fixtures
To provide minimal support, trellis handles are easily installed and removed. They are attached directly to the bathtub for safer leg lifting and body lowering into the tub. This simple non-slip design attaches easily and securely to the side of the tub.
If a person is under to lower himself or herself into the tub, there are 2 options. The first is a waterproof chair designed to be used in the bath that is the same approximate height as a dining room table chair. Many are equipped with a flexible shower nozzle holder and accessory baskets to keep both the water source and bathing products within easy reach.
Some of these chairs actually extend beyond the tub and straddle over the rim of the tub. It enables the user to sit first on the edge of the chair from the side and swivel himself into the tub.
The most elaborate designs include entry doors that open and close with a watertight seal to create a sitting bath experience without having to maneuver over the edge of the tub. The existing lower tub design will be removed and the door tub will be fitted into place. Several options are available with this door type tub, which include air or water jets, tiled enclosures, temperature controls, and automatic water sensors.
Fixtures can be used to provide 3 sided enclosure with handrails of various sizes and heights on all 3 sides. The floor lip of the shower stall is minimal for ease of wheelchair access. If no wheelchair is involved, a built-in bench can be included. A shower head with a sprayer on a flexible hose makes for ease of showering.
If you have not yet installed a toilet for an elderly user, toilet design options are available. Their seat is much higher than a standard toilet, making it easier to get back up after use. Some include handles, others an extended bowl, but most provide attachments that provide ease of use. Most accessories revolve around the seat itself.
A person can find extensive lift systems that act as a lift chair to ease back or leg stress on the user. They are also equipped with simple push-button controls for users to maintain a degree of independence and privacy.
Another option is a bidet seat that is hand controlled. This bidet seat provides an adjustable, oscillating spray and continuous warm water. It does not include a lift system. Automatic flush sensors can be attached to any system.
Vanity and Sink Fixtures
Depending upon the disability, sinks should be placed lower and extended closer to the counter outside edge. They can also be built without a cabinet to keep the underside open for wheelchair access.
Automatic sensors on the faucet will alleviate any need for manual manipulation of having to turn the water off and on. There is also the automatic air dryer option and auto soap dispenser, available for complete and uncomplicated hand hygiene.