One may have compelling circumstances that demand a bathroom to be handicap- accessible. This might be due to someone having an unfortunate accident, or an ageing parent in the family or a child born with some physical disability. Apart from removing the fabric shower curtain along with the rods, you need to make more changes helping the handicaps to make convenient use of bathroom. Some of the things that won’t take long or prove to be too expensive are: removing all clutter from the bathroom, expand doorways and installation of handrails.

A usual doorway has to be widened to facilitate movement of walkers, wheelchairs and other aids that help mobility. There is a choice of removing the door altogether or replacing the same with a pocket door, which slides into the wall, making available more space in the room. Getting rid of the door while providing more space for moving in or out of the bathroom further helps the handicapped person, as it becomes a hands-free operation. He/she need not ask for the assistance of another person for using the lavatory.

The other essentially needed facility in such bathrooms is the provision of handrails in and around the bathing area, as well the toilet. These rails provide the much-needed support to handicaps as they lift themselves up or down. It’s a helpful aid that facilitates their movements within the bathroom. It’s not that they these precautionary measures and facilities make them feel safer, all this goes a long way to boost their self confidence and the freedom they begin to enjoy by not depending on somebody’s help at any time.

Another measure that you can take to make the place user-friendlier for a handicap is simply to remove all the clutter from the bathroom. See that there are no rugs or towels on the floor and clear off the garbage bags or cans. You should understand that a towel or a rug on the floor could prove to be most hazardous for the handicapped that move on a wheelchair or a walker. If you insist on having a rug in the bathroom, it should only be the non-skid variety, so designed to provide safe movements of the handicap. All these items obstruct and restrict the movement of the moving device of the person.

Though most of the homes are not designed and made to be user-friendly for a handicapped person, the measures suggested above can be incorporated in any bathroom for the safe movements of the affected person and that surely provides you with a better peace of mind.

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