How can I make a bathroom senior friendly?
Independent living is a goal we all want, for our aging parents, and for ourselves when the time comes. Creating a senior-friendly bathroom is an important step in that direction. Since the bathroom is one of the most used, and most dangerous, rooms in the home it’s important to address some specific concerns. Here we’ll look at some bathroom adaptations that will make it easier, safer, and more comfortable for seniors to continue living independently.
Bathtub to shower conversions
Getting into and out of a bathtub becomes harder as we age. It increases the chances of slipping and falling. The solution to this is to convert that old, worn out tub to a beautiful, brand new shower. Assistive devices such as handheld shower, shower seat, safety pole and grab bars are installed at appropriate locations.
Custom new vanity
Traditional cabinets can be hard for the elderly to access. These can be replaced with Handi-Glides for easy-access drawer space and to increase functional storage. Handi-Glides can also be adapted to an existing vanity. Switching to a single-handle faucet increases mobility and comfort.
Comfort height toilet
You should be able to sit down on a toilet and stand up without a struggle. If that’s not the case, replacing a standard height toilet with a Comfort Height Toilet should help. Raising the seating area assists those with knee and back pain or those with mobility issues.
Further bathroom adaptations
Wet floors and old or worn carpeting are the primary causes of slips, trips, stumbles and falls. Slip-resistant flooring provides for more secure footing while moving about. Additional LED lighting will improve visibility for old eyes that don’t see as well. You can also back-light electrical wall switches. Swap door knobs for door levers. Levers are much easier to use for those with decreased grip strength, arthritis, or other hands and wrist problems.