When it comes to public restrooms, Choice Builder Solutions has made it their mission to modernize these public spaces to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and provide an accessible environment for everyone. Founded by a United States Army veteran, Choice Builder Solutions was built with disabled citizens in mind, giving them an equal opportunity to enjoy all the freedoms provided by a place of business.
But what does a bathroom even need to be ADA compliant? What equipment is out there that helps seniors and disabled patrons easily utilize the restroom safely and comfortably? In this article, we’re going to take a look at some options out there that do just that, whether it be for personal use in your own home or something to implement in a public business.
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Commode Toilet Chairs
Whether they’re over-the-toilet or foldable, commode toilet chairs make any toilet easily accessible to people with limited mobility. A commode chair lets them use the restroom without assistance, granting them privacy and more autonomy. They’re also very safe, thanks to their support bars. A commode chair reduces the risk of injury by minimizing travel to the bathroom.
Here’s another product seniors and disabled people should consider for use in their private restroom. For a lot of people with limited mobility or problems standing, the shower is a very dangerous place to be. Luckily, shower chairs let them access their shower or bath safely without the risk of falling.
Shower chairs can also be brought with people while traveling, making showers and baths possible wherever they go. This can make shower chair users feel independent and empowered, while also improving their quality of life.
Chase Builder Solutions offers a wide variety of folding shower seats that match your bathroom’s decor. They ensure that your bathroom is not just ADA compliant, but safe.
Check Out: Bobrick B-517 Folding Shower Seat, Right Hand
Like shower chairs, transfer benches help people bathe safely and independently. A transfer bench differs in that it’s used by straddling the wall of the bathtub or lip of the shower entry, two feet placed inside the tub and two feet outside the tub. This allows the person to safely sit, slide and transfer in and out of the tub without having to step over the tub wall, eliminating their chances of slipping and falling.
Grab Bars and Poles
In a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 235,000 people visit the emergency room every year due to injuries suffered in the bathroom, with 14% of those people ending up hospitalized.
Whether a person with limited mobility is looking for support in the comfort of their own shower or wanting assistance while getting up from a toilet in a public restroom, grab bars and poles are of paramount importance. At Choice Builder Solutions, we offer a wide variety of grab poles that help make any restroom accessible and safe, exceeding the requirements of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG).
Check Out: Bradley SA70-001420 - Security Grab Bar
Raised Toilet Seats
Increasing a toilet’s height with an elevated toilet seat, commode riser or toilet seat riser can help patrons with limited mobility use the restroom comfortably. Their support arms allow people to put weight on something as they sit down or stand up and many models are slip-resistant.
They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on people’s individual needs, ranging from two to six inches in height above the original seat. Some also come wider than the regular toilet seat.
Bathtub lift chairs use a battery-operated hand control to raise and lower an individual into the bathtub safely. It can be used similarly to a transfer bench if raised up to the top of the tub wall, but it can also be lowered down into the bathtub if they prefer to sit inside the tub and take a bath. Some bathtub lifts have reclining backrests and padded seats, ensuring they meet the needs of most seniors and handicapped individuals.
Bath Safety Accessories
Hand-held sprayers for the shower and inflatable bathtubs for the bed are some common accessories that make bathing safer for handicapped individuals. Hand-held shower kits and sprayers allow the user to control the direction of the water, while inflatable bathtubs make bathing possible for people who can’t get out of bed.
There are almost 49 million people in America living with disabilities. Despite that high number, a lot of bathrooms are not accessible to these citizens, whether they are impossible to use or just plain dangerous. These are just some of the products you can consider when creating a restroom for someone with limited mobility, ensuring they’re not only safe but have a sense of pride and independence.
Whether it’s for an assisted care restroom or commercial restroom, Choice Builder Solutions provides ADA compliant bathroom equipment to make any restroom accessible and safe to everyone, no matter their disabilities. Our expert team also handles the installations, ensuring your vision comes to life. Contact us today to find out how we can help you and your loved ones.