Handicap Bathroom DesignWritten by Adriana Umana
The issues of handicap bathroom design are not that difficult to overcome, and really it's quite easy for any organization to provide at least one stall for the handicapped, as per regulations now. These issues are ease of access, comfort in use for the handicapped person, and ease of cleaning. All these aspects of bathroom design must be taken into account for a bathroom that is truly usable by the disabled. This is now very necessary for public restrooms in order to avoid legal action or even boycott on the part of those concerned.
Resources for Handicap Bathroom Design
The best resource for information on creating good handicap bathroom design is the Americans with Disabilities Act website. The ADA has lots of advice on all aspects of bathroom design for ease of use and independence on the part of handicapped users. The priority for any organization wishing to provide facilities for the disabled will be designing a barrier free handicap bathroom. Being able to reach the toilet, the handbasin and the towels are key issues for disabled persons.
Other important issues are floor space. Handicap bathroom design must include enough floorspace for maneuvering a wheelchair, which will take up at least 60", and even a helper. The dimensions for turning a wheelchair, and approach to the toilet and washbasin must be taken into consideration when allocating floorspace. It's important to avoid sharp edges or exposed piping in handicap bathrooms.
The hardware used for handicap bathroom design must also be chosen with care and consideration. Remember that a handicapped person may not have 100 percent use of hands or fingers. For this reason door handles, catches and faucets should all be easy to operate under any circumstances. Anything fiddly or difficult to operate should be passed over in favor of a simpler design. Levers are ideal for faucets, for example.