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Home for a Disabled Person: A Guide to Making Your Ensuite Disability Friendly

People with disabilities have a variety of needs that can be met at home. With some basic adjustments and modifications, your bathroom can become accessible to your disabled loved one.

What is a disability-friendly bathroom?

A disability-friendly bathroom acts as a movable restroom designed to be easy for people with disabilities to use, a restroom like this can be placeable from one place to another. This can include things like making sure the bathroom has ample space and easy-to-use equipment, having signage that is easily understood, and providing assistance when necessary.

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Do my home need to be disability-friendly?

There's no right or wrong answer to this question – it depends on your specific needs. However, if you're living in a home that's not specifically designed to be accessible for people with disabilities, there are a few things you can do to make it more accommodating. Here are a few tips: 

-Check the layout of your home and see if any areas could be tweaked or modified to make them more accessible. 

-Install raised platforms or ramps in tricky or difficult-to-access areas. 

-Eliminate any barriers between rooms – for example, by removing door thresholds or replacing low railing along staircases with wider ones. This will make it easier for people with mobility issues to move around the home without assistance. 

-Consider installing sound barriers to reduce noise levels in areas where people might need extra time to rest or concentrate – such as the bedroom.

What do I need to consider when designing and building placeable toilets?

There are a few things you should consider while designing placeable toilets for disabilities. 

-Accessible door handles and thresholds

-Raised flooring

-Wall-mounted grab bars

-Wheelchair ramps

It's not worth starting demolition or renovation until you have a good idea of the scope of the work involved and what resources (time, money, etc.) you'll need to pull it off. Bring in a sketch or rendering of the bathroom layout to get an estimate of how much work will be required. If you're still hesitant after getting an estimate, consider hiring a disability-friendly contractor who can guide you through the process step-by-step.