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The bathroom is the most used room in the house. It is also considered one of the most dangerous spaces, especially for the elderly and the physically challenged. As of December 2014, it has been recorded by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) that around one out of three seniors aged 65 and older have reasons for visiting emergency rooms due to injuries related to bathroom accidents. Since the bathrooms are private spaces, hence, giving help in the event of an accident will be delayed.
Therefore, it is beneficial to make sure that one of your bathrooms will be transformed into a senior-friendly space.
This article is intended to help you learn more about some of the tips for remodeling elderly bathrooms.
Tip # 1: Proper Lighting
If you are expecting guests that aren’t familiar with where your bathroom is located, it will be a struggle for them to navigate it in the middle of the night. With a well-lit hallway and bathroom, it will provide your guests, especially seniors so they have a clear path to the bathroom.
Aside from making sure that your bathroom is properly lit, it is important to note the type of light you will install for your senior safety bathroom remodeling project. It is recommended to avoid overhead lighting as it creates a shadow that will cover certain spaces in the bathroom. Further, it is important to add uniform lights that give better illumination that allows the elderly to see things around them.
Use those light bulbs with high lumens to give sufficient lighting in your senior bathrooms. Also, make sure those light switches are visible and within their reach. You need to consider the height of those seniors who are wheelchair-bound.
Tip #2 Use of Non-Slip Bathroom Mats
Bathroom accidents take place mainly from the entry point where the person gets in and out of the bathroom or a bathtub. To avoid unforeseen accidents, it is best to use non-slip mats. You may place the mats under your sink, next to the bathtubs or showers, and in front of your toilets. These are the areas where soap and water are likely to splash, which means they can be slippery.
Also, take note that bath mats can also be considered an obstacle if it gets in the way. Consequently, make sure to use the right type of bath mat as one of the important remodeling tips for elderly access. Use a rubber, slip-resistant back, or fasten the bathroom mats to the floor using anti-slip rug tape.
Non Slip Bathroom Floor Tiles for Senior Bathrooms
Besides having the mat, it’s also worth noting to install non-slip floor tiles for your bathroom flooring. That way, it’ll be safe for everyone, not just for the elderly. So, here are some floor tiles options for you:
- Textured stone tiles
- Anti-slip ceramic or porcelain tiles
- Vinyl tiles. You can choose different thicknesses for your vinyl tiles.
- Linoleum floor tiles
- Cork tiles
- Rubber tiles
Tip #3 Raising the Height of a Toilet Seat
When it comes to bathroom remodeling for seniors, it is important to note that most elderly have trouble sitting and standing. For this reason, it will be a challenge for them to sit and stand on the toilet. Remember that there isn’t one height that fits everyone.
The proper toilet seat height that’s ADA-compliant is between 17 to 19 inches. Now, if the seat height will let their feet hang and numb, then you can place a footrest. This is just a small block where your seniors can place their feet freely while sitting on the toilet.
Install a toilet seat with a bracket or a secured lock that will be used to attach the seat to the toilet rim. But, if replacing the toilet won’t fit your budget, you can add toilet extensions instead. The main goal is to make sure you include in your bathroom remodeling the height of your toilet seat.
Tip #4 Install a shower bench and touchless faucet
Part of bathroom remodeling tips is to install a shower bench and touchless faucet. This might increase your cost a bit, but it’ll give convenience and safety to your senior parents.
It could be that your shower bench can be built customized and mounted to the shower wall. Otherwise, you can buy them online or from stores, and then you’ll just have to place them inside the shower area.
Here are some design ideas for your bathroom remodeling for seniors with shower benches:
- Match its color and material with your vanity top
- Choose a contrasting color for the bench so that it would be more visible
- Wooden shower bench
In terms of touchless faucets, this is an advanced feature you can have for your senior-friendly bathrooms. It’s less stressful for your elderly to twist a knob or pull a lever to open or close the faucet. There are many affordable faucets like this we can help you choose and install. We also have a network of suppliers where we can get a good price for that.
Tip #5 Walk-in tubs and grab bars
Remodeling a bathroom for the elderly is challenging. You’d have to think of their safety and convenience since they have limitations with movement, hearing, and sight. So, if you want to have a tub for your elderly parents, then installing a walk-in tub is your best choice.
Here are some things to keep in mind for your walk-in tub:
- Water temperature control to avoid scalding your seniors.
- Water purification system so the tub is self-cleaning
- Easy to lock and the water sealants are good to avoid flooding the floor
- Grab bars on the sides to assist them from getting up.
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