We moved into a new house a couple of years ago. As soon as we showed up for the open house, we knew it was going to be perfect for our family. Our oldest son uses a wheelchair, so finding a good floor plan was proving to be a little difficult. We needed space to move the wheelchair around furniture. Most importantly, we needed a bathroom that would be functional for him.
Much to our delight, we learned that the previous owners expanded the size of the house when they built it. This made the bedrooms a little bigger. It also made the main hallway to the bedrooms wider. And the living area larger. All of this was so necessary when thinking about the wheelchair.
It was also important for us to find a one-story home. We wanted our son to be able to access every inch of the house. (The house does have a bonus room upstairs, but that’s where I work.)
The most exciting part of the house was that one of the extra bedrooms had its own bathroom! Having a bathroom for our son attached to his room just makes our daily routine so much easier.
A few months ago, we did a mini-remodel on his bathroom. We wanted to make it more accessible for him. Also, as he’s getting bigger, we needed options that would be easier for his caregivers and us. Here is a list of some things we did if you are considering an accessible bathroom.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to make a small bathroom accessible for your child. Here is more information about modifying your home.
Just when I thought maybe the “autism thing” was calming down. And that maybe I had a few months to catch my breath before researching everything I needed to know about guardianship before my son turns 18. Wham–another big change brought us back to reality.