Note: Before completing this section, it is important to complete
the Bathroom section to learn about the special VCA requirements.
If a bathtub is provided, is it accessible?
Check the features below one by one.
Figure 2 has been
modified from the actual UFAS illustration to show that the VCA allows the placement of
the water closet within the required clear floor space at bathtubs as on the
Is a clear floor space provided as shown in
Figure 2 (UFAS Figure 33a)
Is a seat provided?
Tub seats are
beneficial for many people. However, if they are not needed, they can get in the way of
using a bathtub. Most NYCHA bathrooms are too small to provide storage of the seat in the
room. Thus, many residents prefer not to have a bath seat.
Is the seat mounted securely and does it not
slip during use?
Note: The tub seats might not be present at
time of inspection. NYCHA furnishes tub seats when resident occupies an apartment.
Are structural reinforcements or other
provisions that will allow installation of grab bars provided?
Note: NYCHA provides grab bars in all accessible units. Structural reinforcement is
not an issue.
If grab bars are installed, are they as shown in Figure 5?
Figure 5 (UFAS Figure 34a)
Is the diameter of the grab bar between 1 1/4 inch and 1 1/2 inch?
If the bar is not circular in section, does the
shape provide an equivalent gripping surface? (see Figure 6)
Are the grab bars 1 1/2 inch away from the
wall? (see Figure 6)
Are the grab bars secured so that they do not
rotate within their fittings? (see Figure 6)
Is the grab bar and the wall adjacent to it
free of any sharp or abrasive elements (see Figure 6)?
Bathroom from a NYCHA apartment
This bathroom provides
complaint controls and grab bars in the tub area.
Are the controls located as shown in Figure 8?
Figure 8 (UFAS Figure 34b)
Section 126.96.36.199(4); 4.27.4;
This bathroom provides a hand held
shower and a long hose. In NYCHA units the shower hose is attached to the shower head
and an adjustable track like in the UFAS drawings is not provided.
Are the controls operable with one hand, and do
they not require any tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist? (see Figure 7)
Is a shower unit provided which can be used as
fixed unit at various heights or as a hand held shower with a hose at least 60 inches