Safety issues for residential disability bathrooms

When designing a bathroom for disabled residents, safety is a major concern. This should be addressed before construction begins. The Federal guidelines for public facilities are well-recognized by experts in the field and are a good place to start learning about safety issues when designing an accessible toilet for families. Although the ADA requirements were created for public guidance, most of them can be used for residential use.

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Many homes are designed today with ADA safety in mind. This is because universal design influences are affecting home construction markets in preparation for the expected boom in the elderly population. 

There are safety guidelines in place that will affect the basic areas of a residential property.


When it comes to choosing the flooring for a bathroom with disabilities, safety should always be considered. Although a bathroom in a home should be beautiful, it is not the most important thing to consider when choosing the floor. 


Safety and accessibility are key areas to consider when designing shower doors and entrance doors. An accessible doorway is usually wider than a regular door. In some cases, a shower door should be completely absent. A barrier-free area with no obstructions is the best way to shower.

Sinks and cabinets

When it comes to disabled bathrooms, height adjustments must be made to accommodate all levels of accessibility. These facilities must be accessible to wheelchair users and people using other mobility aids. 

While there are many safety issues to be aware of, these are the most important.

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