Optimize Your Doctors Office for ADA Accessibility and Compliance
Let Us Improve Your Business Office to Meet ADA Standards
The ADA (American with Disabilities Act) has set regulations and guidelines for medical and dental offices to help Americans with disabilities get the care and help they need more easily. Having appropriate restrooms, entrances, and access to health care facilities is crucial for everyone and the ADA works to provide equal access to facilities and services regardless of an individual’s disability. So, how do you ensure your doctors office is in compliance with ADA laws and regulations? Start by having an experienced, licensed contractor who specializes in ADA compliance, such as Stryker Construction, assess your office. They can take notes of the areas of your space that need improvement and can offer valuable suggestions to ensure your office is accessible to all and can accommodate all your patient’s needs.
How to Maintain ADA Access and Compliance for Your Patients
ADA compliance isn’t optional – it’s the law. Every business must follow the same guidelines and regulations set by the ADA in order to remain open and working. Ensuring your office is in compliance with these rules is crucial to your business’s success and growth. There are several ways your office can improve it’s construction to be more accessible for disabled patients which will make your patients happier and more comfortable during their appointment with you.
Here are some examples of how medical and dental offices can enhance their space to accommodate all of their patient’s needs
- You need 12″ clearance on the push side of a door and 18″ on the pull side.
- Door knobs are not strictly ADA compliant, meaning you need to use ADA compliant hardware like a push bar.
- Consider your minimum corridor widths and ramp slopes between floor levels – generally the rise over run for all slopes is 1:12.
- Bathrooms must include a minimum 5’ diameter clear and unobstructed turn-around area.
- Sinks and vanities must be at a logical height.
- Under counter clearance and piping wraps and covers are a must.
- There is a required minimum distance between plumbing fixtures and clearance at the fixtures.
Other considerations to keep in mind include:
- Wheelchair Lift
- Wheelchair ramp
Let Stryker Construction Make Your Office More Comfortable and Accessible for All Patients
When designing your new dental office or medical space, you can’t really debate how much additional space you need for ADA compliance. Essentially there are two paths to follow: renovate an older space and bring it into compliance (if it isn’t already) or build from the ground up with ADA accessibility in mind. Stryker Construction has been able to help businesses across Northern Nevada reach ADA compliance for decades. Our knowledgeable and experienced team of engineers, tradesmen, and architects are able to recognize flaws in your current state of compliance and fix them to ensure your business meets the necessary standards. We strive to help you and your patients design a space that makes anyone who visits your office feel comfortable and allows them to get the care and attention they need.
Connect with Stryker Construction today to ensure complete compliance with ADA regulations and guidelines!