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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