Making Your Bathroom Age-Proof: 10 Tips for Renovating for Accessibility
Creating a bathroom that caters to all, including the elderly or disabled, is not just a necessity, but a caring gesture. The bathroom can often be a challenging space for those with mobility issues, which is why it is essential to hire renovators who can make it a comfortable, safe and functional space to be in.
At AAA Build, we are all about responsible renovation, transforming spaces that accommodate to everyone’s unique needs. With more than 35 years of experience in the industry, we’ve time and time again worked on various bathroom renovation projects to know how to make your bathroom elderly and/or disabled-friendly.
In the following article, we’re going to dive into how you can make your bathroom both elegant and age-proof for your home.
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1. Walk-In Showers: A Must-Have
One of the first things you should consider when it comes to accommodating the bathroom for a senior person is installing a walk-in shower. This eliminates the need to step over a bathtub ledge, which can be tricky for those with mobility issues. Consider a no-threshold shower where the bathroom floor and shower floor are combined, making access even easier.
2. Sturdy Grab Bars: Safety Meets Style
Grab bars are not just functional; they can also add an aesthetic touch. Gone are the days when grab bars were plain and industrial-looking. You can now find them in various styles and finishes. Installing grab bars near the shower, bathtub, and toilet is a smart move, to prevent any falls or accidents in the bathroom.
3. Non-Slip Surfaces: Don’t Skid on This
Bathrooms are prone to getting wet, and that’s a slipping hazard. Invest in non-slip tiles for the floor, and consider a textured surface in the shower. Non-slip bathmats are also essential. In this way, you can ensure you and your loved ones are accident-free every time you step into the space, giving you peace of mind.
4. Let’s Sink Into Accessibility
A wheelchair-accessible sink is another fantastic renovation idea. Opt for a wall-mounted or pedestal sink that allows for legroom underneath. Also, ensure that the faucet is easy to operate. Never again will you need to extend yourself. It’s all within your reach.
5. Convenient Shower Seats
Add a sturdy seat in the shower. This is incredibly beneficial for those who find it difficult to stand for extended periods. Fold-up seats are great as they can be tucked away when not in use, keeping the bathroom space clear and free to roam.
6. Toilets That Are Mindful
Consider raising the height of the toilet, making it easier for individuals with mobility issues to use. Install a grab bar near the toilet for added safety, allowing them to feel comfortable throughout the whole process.
7. Thoughtful Storage Solutions
Accessible storage is key. Aim for shelves and cabinets that are easy to reach. Pull-out shelves and lazy Susans are always practical choices, making it convenient for those who aren’t able to move too drastically can have access to everything they absolutely need.
8. Brightening The Space
Good lighting is essential, especially for the elderly. Opt for bright, non-glaring lights that allow you to see everything without damaging your eyes. Motion-sensor lights can be an added advantage for ease and safety, so you can navigate the space with ease and convenience.
9. Ease of Access
Make sure the doorway is wide enough for wheelchair access. A sliding door could be a space-efficient solution, to ensure everyone can enter and leave the room as they please.
10. Emergency Response System
It’s wise to install an emergency response system in the bathroom. This ensures that in case of a fall or emergency, help is just a button away.
Turn Your Bathroom Into a Safe Haven for the Whole Family to Enjoy
Renovating your bathroom to be age-proof is an investment for your comfort and peace of mind. With these tips, you’re not only ensuring safety but also promoting independence and dignity for those who need it the most. It’s all about creating a space that is inclusive, welcoming, and stylish.
After all, a home is where everyone should feel comfortable and secure. AAA Build is dedicated to making this dream a reality for all homeowners.
Get in touch with our team to find out how we can turn your bathroom into a safe haven.
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