As we age, our homes should evolve with us to ensure safety, comfort, and accessibility. One of the most critical areas to consider when adapting your home for aging in place is the bathroom. Designing a bathroom with the elderly in mind requires thoughtful planning and modifications to create a space that promotes independence and reduces the risk of accidents. Whether you’re taking care of your aging parents or you’re planning for your own future, your friends at Booher Remodeling Company want to help with practical tips to help you create a senior-friendly bathroom.
Install Non-Slip Flooring
The bathroom floor can become slippery when wet, posing a significant hazard. Replace slippery tiles with non-slip flooring materials like textured tiles, rubber, or vinyl. Consider using a seamless, slip-resistant material for the entire bathroom floor, including the shower area.
Upgrade to a Curbless Shower
A curbless shower eliminates the need to step over a barrier, making it easier for seniors to enter and exit safely. Install a zero-threshold shower with a gently sloping floor that directs water toward the drain. Add grab bars and a shower bench for stability and comfort.
Raise the Toilet
A raised toilet with armrests provides additional support and stability for seniors to sit down or stand up. You can install a raised toilet seat or replace your existing toilet with a taller one.
Replace Faucet Handles
Instead of traditional faucet handles, install lever-style faucet handles. Lever faucets are easier to grip and operate, especially for individuals with limited dexterity or arthritis.
Ensure that bathroom doorways are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or walker if needed. A minimum width of 36 inches is recommended for accessibility.
Ensure Adequate Lighting
Good lighting is essential for seniors to see clearly and prevent accidents. Install bright, even lighting throughout the bathroom, including over the mirror, in the shower, and on the ceiling. Consider motion-activated lights for nighttime visits.
Designing a bathroom with the elderly in mind is a crucial step in creating a safe and comfortable home for aging in place. If you’re ready to begin your bathroom remodel, contact the design experts at Booher Remodeling Company today at (317) 852-5546.