Posted by JWmHarmon on March 31, 2004 at 07:53:38:
In Reply to: Re: AIA restroom designs are damaging people's lives posted by Bert on March 30, 2004 at 11:45:03:
The topic for discussion in this thread is the phobia that some people have against urinating in the presence of others. Generally mens restrooms are built with urinals side-by-side. Some people have difficulty urinating when they fear that others mey see them.
Most restrooms have toilet stalls where one can lock the doors. This should provide the needed privacy for anyone with this particular phobia. For some people the phobia is so intense that even this possible solution is not enough.
One solution to this problem that I have seen in some buildings is to have a separate small restroom back-to-back with the main restroom. The two rooms share a common wall. The common wall along with the extra door is the only additional expense needed to provide this solution. The separate restroom idea also could be a "unisex" restroom and could include a changing table for those (male or female) who need to change infant and toddler diapers. It also provides a place where fathers can take toddler daughters who need to use the restroom without exposing them to other males in various stages of dress or undress as the case may be.
The separate restroom also can function as a facility for those who must be accompanied by a health care aid, especially where the aid is of a different gender than the patient. This could be a woman helping a disabled or elderly male relative or a man helping a female relative.
This extra restroom section seems to me to be a relatively inexpensive alternate method of solving several problems at the same time.
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