Caring for those in Need

Creating Accessible Home Bathroom for Children

The conversion of a home bathroom to an accessible bathroom can be a huge challenge for a family, both logistically and financially. When making bathroom accommodations for a child with disabilities, it is important to consider the age and size of the child.

BY Becky Wright | July 2018 | Category: Accessible Homes

Creating Accessible Home Bathroom for Children

If there is an option, modifying a first-floor bathroom will allow for easy access on a daily basis. Creativity in the design process may be required especially if your home is older. An interior designer with experience in Universal Design is able to offer suggestions and recommendations for a highly functional bathroom that allows for accessibility for people with mobility challenges. If you seek assistance with Universal Design, contact your local bath showroom or an experienced home remodeler.

Most accessible toilets, sinks and showers are designed for an adult-sized person and they are installed at a height that works for adults. This can make it complicated for children to use the bathroom successfully. It is a much more pleasant personal care experience for children when toilets and sinks are the proper size and installed at the correct height for someone small.

Child-sized toilets have rims that are 10 to 12 inches from the floor making them much easier for young children (age 2 to 7) to use on their own. Toilets can be purchased from both on-line or bathroom showroom suppliers. Before selecting a small, child-sized toilet for your home, determine what rough in plumbing is in place, to do this, measure from the back wall to the center of the floor hole. Rough in can range from 10 to 16 inches but the typical rough in is about 12 inches from wall to hole center.

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