When we design an adapted bathroom, we will also consider the wider functionality of associated sanitary items, such as the toilet, wash hand basins and any user transfers within the space. For many of our clients we suggest replacing the existing toilet with a new raised height one, making it easier for the user to get on an off. This movement can be further assisted by providing special drop-down rails or additional grab rails to help the transfers.
For those users who may experience some difficulty with personal hygiene, it is also possible to install specialist bidet seats or shower toilets which incorporates a warm water spray, or for the ultimate toileting luxury, washing, warm air dryers and odour extraction.
Raised height toilets
The height of a standard toilet pan can be anything from 380mm to 405mm, with seats adding an additional 20mm – 35mm. On a raised height toilet the pan is 460mm high with the hygienic seats adding a further 20mm to create a finished height of 480mm. Raised height toilets are available in close coupled, back to wall, and low level cistern styles. All of these feature large footprints and a range of projections to assist side transfers.
Drop down rails/Grab Rails
A drop-down rail provides users with additional support when transferring on and off a toilet, but can be folded away when not required by other users. Styles can vary greatly and are available either with support legs for not; colour choices include stainless steel, white or blue for visually impaired users.
Grab rails provide an extra level of safety and are available in a range of styles, colours and lengths.
Bidet seats /Shower toilets
For those users who may struggle with personal hygiene, a bidet or shower seat toilet incorporates a washing and/or drying and odour extraction function, leaving users all-round cleaner and more comfortable. Options can vary greatly but can include complete stand-alone units such as a bidet seat which fits discreetly over the existing toilet pan.
A shower seat is an essential part of any wet room adaptation. Available in a range of styles, colours and sizes they are designed to ensure functionality and safety without compromising on Style.
A basin at a standard height will no longer be suitable for a wheelchair user. A basin with a pedestal may cause an obstruction for someone who is seated or in a wheelchair. An accessible basin will be wall-hung at the appropriate height.