Differences Between Disabled and Normal Bathrooms
There are just a few differences between a disabled and normal bathroom.
Generally, in a disabled bathroom, there is a handicap accessible stall with rails on both sides, a lower sink counter space, and wider walking paths. In some cases, there’s a raised toilet seat in order to provide an easier transition from standing to sending.
Normal bathrooms are usually single or double stalls without any handicap provisions such as rails and larger stalls.
Disabled/Handicap Accessible Bathrooms
In a public setting, these bathrooms require larger than average stalls allowing the disabled individual to move around comfortably in a wheelchair, on crutches or with any disability that may impair their movement. They must have rails on both sides of the bathroom allowing a person to lower and raise themselves with assistance as well as hold on to a rail when on the opposite side of the stall for stability. Disabled bathrooms have a lower sink space and are required to have lever operated hot and cold valves for closed fist access. Personal disabled bathrooms in a residence may include a walk in bathroom, a rail in the shower and a shower chair.
A normal bathroom rather public or residential does not have functionality for the disabled person. These bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible, they do not provide handrails by the toilet or in the shower and do not have a raised toilet seat. They are meant for a fully mobile person and therefore may not have added comfort or accessibility.
While normal and disabled bathrooms can be vastly different, it is possible to convert a normal bathroom into a disabled bathroom with just a few cheap, and easily attainable items that are not permanent installments and can be temporarily affixed to any toilet or wall.