Is your home barrier free? Technology can give us the answer

The right and correctly installed furniture and accessories are fundamental to provide totally accessible areas.


Not only the design, but also installation

 

Homes and any places of hospitality must be equipped with the right spaces, furnishings and accessories in order to make areas completely accessible. Correct installation of these furnishings and accessories is fundamental. If in a bathroom, for example, the grab bars are installed incorrectly (too far from strategic points), barriers will remain. We mention the bathroom because it is one of the rooms where accessibility must be total. Not only therefore must there be sufficient space, but the right grab bars and sanitary facilities are essential and these must be installed properly. Apps providing evaluation of grab bar placement together with our design technicians' advice are very useful.

 

how to design a safe bathroom

 

5 steps to make a bathroom area barrier free

 

There are just five steps to make it accessible:

  • Install grab bars in the washbasin, toilet and shower areas
  • Replace the toilet with one which is 50 cms high
  • Replace the washbasin with one which allows you to rest your elbows on it andmove a wheel chair closer ;
  • Replace the bath with a flush fitting shower tray;
  • Add the necessary bathroom accessories, like a shower head near the toilet, soap dish and towel rail not more than 100 cms from the seat in the shower area.

 

grab bars and accessories installed correctly

 

 

The correct installation makes the difference

 

In order to create a comfortable and barrier free environment it is necessary to study the design of new spaces on a human scale in greater depth. We need to consider anthropometry, a science that measures body size through the use of statistical models, with an acceptable degree of approximation. This is used in industrial design. The anthropometric surveys allow the designer to establish the relationship between man and what he has built.

 

Examples of designs in the bathroom area


There are specific measures for each area of the home when we think in terms of anthropometrics, in particular for each area of the bathroom sector, while also considering the differences between men's, womens' and disabled people's needs. This gives us a general idea of the physical constraints that limit and regulate the daily actions of a human being.

 

Here are the different areas of the bathroom:

 

The washbasin area
The design shows a sink area, with an ergonomic basin and two straight grab bars:

 

How to create a safe basin area

 

The second image shows an ergonomic washbasin and a fixed side grab bar.

 

Safe washbasin area configuration

 

Toilet area:
The picture shows a wall mounted toilet and folding grab bar.

 

How to create a safe toilet area

 

In this second picture there is a wall mounted toilet, a folding armrest and a corner handle.

 

Safe toilet area configuration

 

 

Shower area:
The picture shows a shower seat being installed with a folding armrest, vertical grab bar with shower head holder and straight grab bar.

 

Safe shower area configuration

 

Bath tub area
The last picture also includes the idea of a vertical grab bar with shower head holder and corner handle or a straight grab bar, for the bath tub area. The design can be completed with a removable bathtub seat.

 

Safe bathtub configuration