Home safety and accessibility are key to enjoying long-term quality of life and comfort. Whether you’re caring for aging parents or thinking ahead to your own senior years, the right kind of bathroom remodeling projects will help prevent injuries and make daily tasks easier. Here are some tips for making your bathroom more accommodating for older people.
Top Senior-Friendly Bathroom Features
1. Walk-In Shower With Seat
For people who have trouble lifting their legs to get into a traditional shower or tub, walk-in showers will make a major difference. A walk-in shower is a standalone unit with no tub underneath, no curb to step over, and no curtain or door to get in the way. A built-in shower seat allows the user to bathe safely.
2. Comfort-Height Toilet
Raising the profile of your toilet allows seniors to stand up from the toilet more easily. There are several options for adding height. You can replace your existing toilet with a higher one, change out the seat for a taller option made of molded plastic, or install an adjustable unit that offers anywhere from 3 to 7 extra inches of height.
3. Grab Bars & Handrails
Bathroom falls are some of the most common causes of injuries for seniors. Installing grab bars in the shower and next to the toilet is one of the simplest and most effective changes you can make to improve the safety and accessibility of your bathroom. These smart remodeling choices add stability and support for anyone with mobility issues.
4. Accessible Sink
Seniors who have difficulty bending over can benefit from higher bathroom sinks. Ask your bathroom remodeling contractor about replacing your sink with a taller model, or one that has adjustable height options. For a person who uses a wheelchair, the sink should be 30 to 34 inches high and should be open beneath the basin to allow the user to roll their chair under it.
5. Upgraded Fixtures
Turning water on and off can be challenging for seniors or anyone who has difficulty gripping objects. To make plumbing fixtures easier to maneuver, install automatic faucet sensors or faucets with levers that don’t have to be grasped. For people with adequate strength, a handheld spray attachment for the shower head makes showering easier.
Rapid Plumbing Service Inc. has been providing reliable plumbing services throughout the West Haven, CT, area for over 45 years. From drain cleaning to water heater installation and faucet repair to bathroom remodeling, their friendly crew has the skills to get the job done efficiently and affordably. Call (203) 934-8628 to request an appointment, or visit their website to learn more about their services.