Four accessible bathroom modifications that could help transform your life

Four accessible bathroom modifications that could help transform your life

Accessible bathroom with accessible shower cubicle
Spot the modification: accessible bathrooms don’t have to look like hospital restrooms

Bathrooms are more than just functional spaces in our homes; they are sanctuaries of self-care and rejuvenation. Accessible bathroom design is crucial for people participating in the NDIS, helping to remove barriers and maintain independence, privacy and dignity.

At Restore Home Modifications, we recognise the significance of accessible bathrooms in improving quality of life NDIS participants. In this blog, we will delve into the challenges faced by people with disability and elderly people in standard bathrooms, as well as explore a range of bathroom modifications that can transform these spaces into havens of accessibility and comfort.

 

The challenge of standard bathrooms

Not only can this make everyday tasks like showering or brushing teeth difficult, but the lack of accessible bathroom design in most homes can strip individuals of their autonomy and increase their dependence on others, eroding people’s sense of dignity and self-respect and negatively impacting their mental health. Finally, a lack of accessibility can also make going to the bathroom unsafe by increasing the risk of falls and injuries and making it difficult to evacuate in an emergency.

Unless special care is taken to incorporate accessible bathroom design when building a home, basic tasks can prove difficult. Without specialist bathroom modifications, elderly Australians and people with disability may face challenges navigating tight spaces and slippery surfaces or using non-ergonomic fixtures.

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What is an accessible bathroom? What do NDIS bathroom modifications typically involve? 4 factors that go into accessible bathroom design

At Restore Home Modifications, we believe that everyone deserves a bathroom tailored to their needs. Each case is unique and may combine different modifications depending on the individual and their needs, ranging from minor changes like new taps and door handles to comprehensive NDIS bathroom renovations. Here are just some of the modifications we offer to enhance accessibility, independence and dignity.

1. Grab bars and handrails: enhancing stability and confidence

Navigating a bathroom can be treacherous for individuals with disability, especially when surfaces are slippery and support is lacking. Grab bars and handrails are unobtrusive, yet crucial, additions that can provide stable points to hold onto while move around the bathroom.

Not only do they prevent accidents, but they also allow users move around and use the bathroom, as well as instil confidence. With a variety of styles and finishes available, these modifications seamlessly integrate into any bathroom decor, blending functionality with aesthetics.

2. Stepless shower bases: seamless accessibility without barriers

Traditional shower stalls with a high step can pose significant challenges for individuals with mobility challenges, or those requiring a wheelchair or mobility aid. Stepless shower base installation eliminates these barriers, offering a smooth transition from the bathroom floor to the shower area and eliminating potential hazards or risks in the process.

Stepless showers can range from minor modifications like threshold ramp installation to help navigate shower steps, to completely remodelling a bathroom and removing the shower cubicle altogether. Shower modifications can also be paired with accessible bathroom modifications like built-in seating and handheld showerheads enhance comfort and convenience for people with disability without compromising on style, changing the bathing experience all-round.

3. Raised toilets: comfort redefined

For individuals with disability, standard toilets can be a source of discomfort and difficulty. Creating more accessible toilets might mean setting them at a higher height, offering additional supports, equipping them with toilet grab rails, or all of the above. This can alleviate strain during transfers and promote more ergonomic positioning.

These NDIS toilet modifications not only cater to the physical needs of individuals living with disability, but also prioritise their comfort and dignity, creating a safe and stylish bathroom environment that’s truly inclusive.

4. Wheelchair-accessible sinks and countertops: independence at every reach

Simple tasks like washing hands or brushing teeth can become frustrating challenges when sinks and countertops are out of reach for individuals in wheelchairs. Accessible vanity and hand basins reimagine these bathroom fixtures, ensuring that they are at a comfortable height for everyone.

By eliminating the need to stretch or strain, these modifications enable users to carry out daily routines independently. Additionally, accessible hand basins often feature open space beneath them, allowing wheelchair users to get closer and maintain a comfortable posture while using the sink.

 

How our NDIS home builders support mobility, safety, and independence in the bathroom

These modifications do more than just make bathrooms accessible; they empower individuals with disability to regain their autonomy. By addressing the specific needs of each client, our NDIS builders in Melbourne create spaces that not only enhance physical accessibility but also contribute to mental wellbeing. We understand that restoring a sense of control over one’s environment fosters a greater sense of independence and promotes overall quality of life.

 

Our NDIS home modifications process

Restore Home Maintenance follows a four-stage process for a seamless client experience:

  • The first stage involves obtaining funding approval through the NDIS
  • The second stage includes a site inspection to assess the proposed modifications and develop a comprehensive scope of works
  • In the third stage, approved construction works are carried out with the assistance of a project manager
  • Finally, a final inspection is conducted, and a Completion Report is provided, along with a client satisfaction survey

 

Funding support for NDIS bathroom modifications

Our NDIS home modification services are designed to improve accessibility, safety and comfort. It’s our mission to make the home modification process as simple as possible, which includes the application stage

We know that funding home modification supports can be complex, which is why we offer funding application support for various streams. In addition to the NDIS, we can also support applications with the Transport Accident Commission, Home Care Packages, Work Cover and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. This ensures that individuals have access to the necessary financial resources to make their homes more suitable for their specific needs.

 

Get in touch

If you or someone you know requires NDIS home modifications across Melbourne and Victoria to improve accessibility and independence, contact Restore Home Modifications. Our dedicated team is ready to support you every step of the way. You can reach us by phone at 1300 333 746, by email at info@restorehm.com.au or by filling out the contact form on our website.