Chicagoland, NW Indiana & SE Wisconsin

Wheelchair Accessible Sinks

Wheelchair User at Bathroom Sink

Sink Access
Space is the primary issue facing a wheelchair user when trying to use the sink. A typical bathroom sink and vanity doesn't provide space below the sink for a wheelchair user's feet and lags. The accessible solution is to clear the area below the sink to provide room. There are several ways to create that space:

Wall Mounted Sinks: The most straightforward solution is to install a new wall hung ADA sink. There are a number of sinks on the market that are designed for wheelchair accessibility. These sinks typically are shallower front to back and the drains are positioned at the back of the sink, close to the wall. This shape provides clearance for knees so a wheelchair user can get close enough to use the sink comfortably.

Pedestal Sink: While a pedestal sink does not provide as much space, it is often considered a more attractive alternative. If the pedestal can fit between the user's feet when they are in the wheelchair, they can be quite easy to use.

Vanity Top: Vanity tops with integrated or mounted sinks are also a very good alternative when mounted correctly. A vanity top provides more space for care items around the sink which is useful. In fact, after removing an existing cabinet, we can wall-mount the top and create a very accessible sink.

Process: EHLS can create a roll-in or barrier-free shower of any size, but bigger is usually better. The process involves recessing the shower floor, lowering and repositioning the drain and installing a new shower floor. EHLS can either install a pre-fabricated sloped shower base or create a custom sloped tile floor. We install a hand-held shower with a shut-off valve which allows the bather to give themselves a private shower. A drip rail is installed between the base and the floor to prevent water from escaping.

Faucets: Beyond getting the right sink, EHLS can help ensure that you get the right faucet as well. In general, we recommend a single lever faucet with a pressure balanced valve to avoid scalding. If a two model is preferred, we recommend paddle levers that do not require grasping and turning. In some instances, a motion sensitive faucet is the right solution.

Let EHLS help you make access to your sink as safe, easy

 and comfortable as possible.