Bathroom aids for the handicapped, the elderly or the disabled
The environment which is, from the point of view of good movement and orientation, helpful and convenient for everyone, regardless of how different and unique people may be, the environment which is to be called as barrier-free environment should be a commonplace in every culturally developed society.
The place to which highest attention must be paid is the hygienic facilities of a house or a flat. If designed properly, the hygienic facilities affect the level of independence of the handicapped person, which is considered as an essential point. In this respect, the accessories from our Bemeta HELP programme are very helpful, allowing safe movement in bathrooms and toilets. The Bemeta HELP range includes fixed or hinged handles of various sizes and materials. It is our job-order manufacture that offers solutions to specific demands laid on this kind of products.
The Bemeta HELP bathroom accessories provide the physically handicapped with the comfort and freedom of movement. Owing to ergonomic and safe solutions, bathrooms equipped like this avoids, to a large extent, the feelings of helplessness and dependence on third persons. It provides the comfort and freedom in those situations when everyone wishes to keep their intimacy.
Apartment's hygienic facilities
Living of those with a handicap is a serious problem to be to be handled with a lot of caution. It is always necessary to take into account the lowered horizon of the view and a lowered vertical reach distance of the handicapped. In case of barrier-free houses and flats, all appointments must be strictly placed within the reach of the disabled person. A cupboard cannot be as high as we are used to, and therefore it covers twice as much of the floor plan space. Due to the need of lower furniture, its amount (i.e. floor plan space) must be increased by a third, at least. In the middle of the bathroom, having completed its furnishing, there must be free space with a circle of 150 cm in diameter.
The majority of the handicapped who are completely independent require sufficiently spacious hygienic facilities, which starts with a larger door opening (70 cm instead of 60 cm and 80 cm in case of the toilet). Installing the handles is a separate chapter. The handles and pulls must be easily graspable. U-shaped handles seem most convenient, either fixed or hinged. In order to better understand the needs of the handicapped, one must become aware of the way the person moves to and from the wheelchair. The person may either move on their own or with the help of an assistant. In the latter case, one must not forget about the necessary manipulation space for the assistant.
The bathroom equipment for the disabled comprises elongated suspension or elevated standing lavatories and washbasins with ergonomic armrests. In the shower, a 400 mm wide folding stool is installed at the height of 450 mm above the floor level (it should be flexible in order to facilitate standing up) and wall-mounted support handles with a shower fixture. The bathtub's minimal dimensions are 1,500 mm x 710 mm. The bathtub may be equipped with a special stool and angular handle. Handles, pulls and possible suspension facilities are anchored to the stable constructions only. The bathroom and toilet doors must nut open inward so as to prevent them from getting blocked.