Bathroom Remodeling Tips For Seniors
Seniors these days are choosing to remain in their homes instead of moving into homes for the elderly. The first thing to consider is remodeling their homes to make them comfortable for them. The bathroom is the most important and most used room and has to be remodeled to make it conveniently accessible and easy to clean. The main goal when remodeling a bathroom is safety while allowing seniors move around freely with reduced risks of slipping or falling.
Seven main areas to consider
- Non- slippery floor
Remodeling can be very expensive especially considering the new amenities which need to be installed. With a tight budget you can consider the use of carpeted bath mats and rugs to prevent slips. The carpets should be non-skid; this is a less expensive alternative to replacing the floor. The bath mats and rugs are easy to clean.
- Shower or bathtub
The recommended tubs for seniors are walk –in tubs because of their many safety features. Walk in tubs with non-slip floors, seating and safety railings or bars should be ideal for seniors. The walk –in bathtub is considered because it is lower to the ground making the entry and exit easy with little effort. Get a walk in tub with most features such as adjustable showerhead hand –held and fixed and whirlpool jets ideal for relaxation.
- The toilet
Yes, there is a special toilet for seniors. These toilets have a special lift chair which is essential in lowering and lifting of the individual using it. Giving a senior the freedom to lower and raise their body with little effort can be achieved by installing a chair height toilet which is senior-friendly.
- Adjust sink and toilet heights
Consider a comfortable level of the sink, toilet and bathtub for a senior. To achieve this minor adjustments to these amenities consider low installation. Most seniors use wheelchairs so consider making enough room for the chair and knee clearance when using the bathroom features.
- Put in extra safety measures.
Ensure handrails are put next to the shower, toilet and bathtub. The whole bathroom needs to be well equipped with grab bars all round especially here a senior would need to pull themselves up. Also, for extra safety ensure you install a telephone or alert system. This is essential if a senior would have problems in the bathroom and might need some extra hand to help.
- Good lighting
Improved lighting is necessary because most seniors have impaired vision. A vanity mirror would be of much help in brightening the bathroom. The bathroom should be well lit to avoid bumps due to shadows or poor lighting. Also, ensure that the switch to the light fixtures are not small, this could be hard for seniors to operate.
- Door knobs and handles
Seniors might have problems grasping small door knobs and handles, consider replacing them with large ones which will be easy to grasp and turn.