As we age and get older, our needs for a functional, happy life change. That being said, so do our homes as well. One of the most important areas of the home that needs to be adapted for people getting up into their seniors is the bathroom. The bathroom is a space in the home where people spend a lot of time, and it needs to be safe and easy for them to use. Here are some home remodeling tips for a senior-friendly bathroom.
Grab bars are a must for any senior-friendly bathroom. These bars provide support and stability for seniors when getting in and out of the shower, tub or even when using the toilet. Installing grab bars will instantly increase the safety in any senior’s bathroom.
Walk-in tubs were originally designed for seniors and people with other disabilities. These types of tubs have a low threshold for an easy entry and exit. The tubs also come equipped with built-in seats, meaning a seat will not need to be added on after the tub is installed. Walk-in Tubs are a safe and comfortable option for seniors, along with people with other disabilities, who have trouble getting in and out of a traditional bathtub.
Slippery surfaces can be dangerous for seniors, especially in the bathroom and around their shower or bath. Installing a non-slip floor, such as vinyl or even a cork floor, can prevent slips and falls from happening in the bathroom.
As people get older, it becomes more difficult to get up from a low seat, whether that be their seat at the kitchen table or their toilet in the bathroom. Installing a raised toilet seat can make it easier for seniors to use the toilet without straining their knees and hips. This will create a better bathroom experience for them without sacrificing safety.
Curbless and low threshold showers can be another safe and accessible option for seniors as well as people with other types of disabilities and movement issues. The curbless shower has no threshold while the low threshold has a little bit of a threshold, which makes it easy for seniors to get in and out of the shower safely. It is also safer for people with disabilities and other movement issues.
In conclusion, a senior-friendly bathroom should be safe, accessible and comfortable for seniors to use. Installing grab bars, a walk-in tub, non-slip flooring, a raised toilet seat, and a curbless/low threshold shower are all great ways to make your bathroom senior-friendly. With these tips, you can create a bathroom that meets the needs of seniors and provides peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones. We service Greensburg , Latrobe , Irwin, Washington, Belle Vernon, and many other locations in Western Pennsylvania. Contact Mt. Pleasant Window & Remodeling today to get your bathroom estimate started!