Post # 1
So my reception is being held in a location where there are two large handicap bathrooms/washrooms on the same floor as the hall and the general washrooms are located on a floor below us.
My friend held her reception there and we just ended up using the handicap bathrooms (after a few drinks we even doubled up in them!), however, my dad is in a wheelchair and has MS and as such his bladder functions are not awesome (sorry, TMI) so when he has to go to the washroom, HE HAS TO GO.
I want to make sure that one of the washrooms are left vacant so that my dad (and the few elderly people attending the wedding) can have full access without having to worry about people in that washroom.
The wording I’ve come up with is not very appropriate; basically I want to say, “please leave this washroom unoccupied to ensure that those who are not physically able can use this washroom,” or something like this…?
Post # 3
Wouldn’t it be easier to just direct everyone downstairs? You could put a sign like this on either or both:
Restroom reserved for private use. Washrooms are downstairs.
Handicap restrooms are not for general use. Please use the downstairs restrooms.
Post # 4
I thought that would work but the signage on the door has the male/female people and then below is it the handicapped signage so it’s not entirely clear that the washroom is for those who have physical limitations.
I think I like that “Private use” sign or something like that. I mean, my dad is in a wheelchair so I would hope ppl would get the message…
Post # 5
I would just put “out of order,” sadly, that is probably the only way to get people not to use it. And you won’t need to explain anything.
Post # 6
If you don’t think that people will respect the “Private Use” sign, you could always put up an “Out of Order” sign, and just spread the word amongst the physically challenged and seniors, that it is actually functional.
Post # 7
I have to agree with meskimk, putting an out-of-order sign on it and personally telling those that actually NEED it to use it would be your best option.
Post # 8
You can put a sign over whatever else is there saying, “Reserved for Handicapped”, or whatever verbage you would like to use. If I saw a sign saying that, then I would know to search for a different bathroom. Sure, the ocassional jackass will still use it, but it will free it up greatly for those who are actually in wheel chairs or have a hard time walking up/down stairs.
Then again, I’m very conscious of Handicapped accomodations because my brother is in a wheelchair. Maybe other people won’t care. But I think they will 🙂
Post # 9
@kperry3: I agree
I doubt you know all the guests with IBS or something who might also need a bathroom ASAP.
Post # 10
Create a cute sign that directs guests to the downstair bathrooms and put a private use sign on the bathroom over the signs on the door.
Post # 11
How about an 8×10 sign that says “In respect for those who need access, this restroom is for <wheelchair symbol> or those with limited mobility usage only” and spread the word to your elderly guests that they are free to use it.
I would think that would stop people in their tracks. “Out of order” might confuse your elderly guests, imho.