Disabled Wet Room, Best Solution In Case Of Mobility Issues

How To Plan A Disabled Wet Room

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Whether we like it or not ageing is a natural part of our lives. Over time our bodies become less capable and our health is getting weaker. It’s just how things are and we can’t do much about it.

There are also unfortunate events of injuries and sometimes very serious illness. Although, I wish you and your close ones with all my heart nothing but good health, such things can happen.

One of my best friends is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

Which, as you might know, is a terrible disease that attacks the nervous system. I have seen how he was getting weaker every week and he was struggling with many usual day-to-day activities.

He has the heart of a true warrior so he is not giving up 🙂 but in case of such situations there is really not much we can do. No matter how badly we might want, we can’t just take it away.

Fortunately, there are few things that we can do.

Aside from love and constant support we can also make at least one more thing. We can make daily business as easy as possible for our friends and family who might have mobility issues.

And one of such conveniences is disabled wet room.

How To Plan A Disabled Wet Room

Wet rooms are perfect solutions for someone with mobility issues. Also when they require the support of another person. By principle wet rooms have easy access to everything inside it.

There is no bath which can be problematic to get in to and get out of. There is no shower tray which is usually installed above the floor level. And for someone who has difficulties with walking this might be just too much.

One of the alternatives could be step-less walk-in showers.

However, shower trays are very slippery when wet. On the other hand, wet rooms usually have, or at least should have, anti-slippery floor tiles. Especially in the showering area.

Anti-slippery floor tiles are a MUST in #disabledWetRoom. Especially in the showering area, but it's highly recommended to make the entire floor in your wet room #antislippery. It will help a lot also in case a person needs assistance.

This makes wet rooms a really good start. What you have to remember though is that you probably will need a little bit more space than usual. Of course it’s very individual.

You can make a highly functional disabled bathroom in a rather small room.

It all really depends on how self-reliant someone is. Still, it might be a good idea to get more space if possible. Especially if a wheelchair is involved. There are no regulations when it comes to private homes, so that’s not a problem.

But what the government thinks is a good size bathroom for people with difficulties could give you an idea. In case of commercial disabled shower rooms it should be 2200mm x 2000mm. 2500mm x 2400mm when there is a WC too.

Same can be applied to private disabled wet rooms.

I would also recommend adjusting the height of the toilet seat to a level that will be least problematic / most comfortable. And aim for a toilet and basin that can be hung on the wall.

How Disabled Wet Room Should Be Equipped

This will make cleaning your wet room much easier and faster. It would be also wise to plan for the future needs. But if you want to make sure your wet room is suitable for people with mobility issues you have to do a few more things.

How Disabled Wet Room Should Be Equipped

To make sure your disabled wet room is fully functional you need a few more things aside from what I already mentioned above. The first thing your disabled wet room should be equipped with is grab and support bars.

That’s just something you cannot proceed without. The very basics of any disabled bathroom. Other than that you might think about appropriate height shower doors. Wet rooms usually don’t have one, but in some cases it’s necessary.

Shower seat, however, should be at the top of your list.

I believe this one is also pretty self explanatory. In many cases our loved ones might need to sit down while taking shower and it’s perfectly normal. Is there anything else?

Sometimes it’s necessary to install a floor former that can handle more weight. Standard formers can usually deal with 300kg. Maybe a bit more, so keep that in mind.

Must-have equipment for disabled wet room

  • Grab and support bars
  • Appropriate shower doors
  • Shower seat
  • Weight resistant floor former
  • Anti-slippery floor tiles

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