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What is included in a bathroom designed for handicapped people?

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Bathrooms for people with physical disabilities should feature accessibility as regards the room's dimensions, toilet placement, and sufficient clearance under the sink. Shower stalls should be curbless with a hand-held shower head.

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Doors in the bathroom and house should be a minimum of 34 inches wide to allow for a wheelchair's 5-foot turning radius. They should also feature levers instead of door knobs.

The shower stall should be 5 feet wide and 3 feet deep and feature hand-held shower heads. Curbless showers are most functional, though curbs can be rubber so wheelchairs can easily roll over them. Net shower chairs with wheels or a built-in shower chair increase accessibility. Slider and grab bars should be placed 4 feet above the floor for access to the shower head and hose. Support bars should also be placed outside of the shower. If bathtubs are preferred, they should be no more than 2 feet tall.

Clearance under the sink should be 27 inches, and the top of the sink should be 32 to 24 inches off the floor for wheelchair access. Handles, a motion-sensor faucet, or faucets on the side make the fixtures more easily reachable. Sink mirrors should be low and tilted downwards, and towel bars should be about 3 feet off the ground.

Toilets ideally should be placed between two support bars 36 inches apart. A toilet seat 17 inches from the ground is a comfortable height.

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