Activity 5 – Toileting

Alternate senses contributing to this activity are: touch & hearing.

Assistive procedures helpful for maintaining this activity are:

  • Modifying or developing techniques.
  • Modifying objects or environment.

We will begin with:

Modifying or developing techniques

When entering a public restroom or the first time, get your bearings by first pausing to listen for the unique sounds made by the sinks, toilets, fixtures, and stall doors.

A visually impaired person may rightfully use the handicap facilities, especially if accompanied by a guide animal.

To ensure that the lids are in proper position, feel one edge.

Guys: Unless a urinal is available, sit down.

To ensure cleanliness, use wet wipes or some other cleanser in addition to toilet paper. When away from home, carry a few in a sealed plastic bag.

Many public toilets flush automatically. If you don’t hear the sound when you move away, you will find a flush handle on the left side as you face the fixture, or a button centered above on the wall.


Modifying objects or environment

A bidet (pronounced “bidday”) toilet or toilet seat bidet conversion unit, can be purchased in many countries including the United States. Bidet toilets, which clean with a jet of water, are preferred by many as a more thorough and hygienic method of cleansing.

The law requires that public restrooms be identified with Braille signage on the door or on the wall next to the door opening.


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