The ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) has specific requirements for restrooms in public places. These regulations are designed to make bathrooms accessible to everyone. In order to do that, there are a few things to remember when designing both the layout and the equipment.
The main thing to focus on when designing inclusive bathrooms is to use products that are durable, easy to use, and require as little physical effort as possible. Before you begin planning, think of all the types of people who will need to use the restroom:
- Children and elderly people
- People of varying heights and weights
- People who use mobility equipment like walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, and canes
- People who may need assistance when using the restroom
- Parents with children
- People recovering from surgery or who have other temporary health problems
- People with sensory impairments
Making a restroom universally accessible to all of the people above requires extensive planning. Some ways to create accommodations for disabled guests is to create wheelchair accessible sinks and stalls, grab bars, sinks of varying height, easy to reach paper towel dispensers and hand dryers, automatic faucets and soap dispensers, and automatic flush toilets.
There are many thinks to take into consideration when building an ADA compliant restroom, but you can make the process easier by hiring a commercial contractor who is well versed in ADA regulations. When you need toilet partitions in Jacksonville, FL or any other bathroom accessories for your universally accessible restroom trust the team at George P. Coyle and Sons, Inc.