The accessibility features in our master bathroom are unlikely to show up anytime soon in Architectural Digest. However, this accessible bath has greatly simplified and streamlined my morning bathroom activities.
For those of us with spinal cord injuries, the time we need to spend in the bathroom every morning is clearly not the highlight of our day. Therefore, any accessibility features to improve that situation are very much appreciated.
I start the day transferring out of bed and into my shower chair. First stop is the Shower and Toilet area where I use the toilet, shower and shave. Next, I roll over to the Sink Area to dry my hair and brush my teeth. Finally, I roll to my Closet to select the day???s wardrobe. Then back to the bed to get dressed. Along this entire path I have accessibility features making life a little bit easier for me as described on the following pages.
The Shower and Toilet Area of the accessible bathroom contain numerous accessibility features. The roll-in shower is extremely large (~5" X 8") so no door or curtain needs to be negotiated. There is also a large Accessory Cabinet that keeps the items used for personal care organized and out of site.
An important part of an accessible bath is the Sink Area. To provide full accessibility to the sink it is crucial that someone in a wheelchair can roll under the sink as far as desired to use the sink easily. Moreover, when positioned under the sink they should be able to easily reach everything they need for daily grooming.
There are also a few accessibility features in my closet in our accessible bath. It is relatively spacious and has a wide door providing easy travel in, around and out of the closet. The shelves and rods are also positioned lower for easy access.