Home Bathroom Accessibility

It is never too late to upgrade a senior’s bathroom to help them age in their homes safely! Remodeling effectively can make aging-in-place simpler and more comfortable. However, when considering accessible bathrooms most people think of sterile, cold fixtures. Luckily, bathroom accessibility can be beautiful when universal design is applied. Space can also be a concern when renovating, but many features can be installed without expanding square footage.

Here are ten design ideas to upgrading a senior’s bathroom accessibility:

Good lighting

Lighting can help depth perception and aid those with weakened eyesight. Consider contrasting colors for key areas like the countertop, shower, and toilet zone. Sconces on either side of a vanity mirror will diminish shadows and glare. Also, make the most of natural lighting.

Hand Showers

A flexible-hose hand shower paired with a standard shower head provides key accessibility. Make sure to install it low enough to accommodate a seated user.

Barrier-free shower

A shower with a low or no threshold makes entering easy for everyone. Some attractive designs include decorative drains and shower edging.

Accessible sinks

Sinks that are wall-mounted or pedestals are easier to use. Installing side-by-side sinks at different heights is also possible. The design choices are endless!

Adjustable and customizable cabinets

Vanity cabinets with removable bases or pocket doors are a great solution for accessibility. Counters can also be made height adjustable or removable for mobility in the bathroom.

Lever and pull handles

Opt for lever style faucets that are easier on arthritic or weaker hands. Levers are also easier for children. Choose pull-type hardware for drawers and doors, avoiding twist nobs.

Nonslip floors

Matte tile and textured stone are a good choice for flooring, offering better traction and simple maintenance.

Grab bars

Grab bars can be made to look like towel bars, compared to obvious support rails. Side bars are a good choice for shower safety during exiting and entering.

Built-in shower seats

Design-friendly seats can be seamless in a shower, opposed to a plastic shower chair. Built-in seats offer comfort, security, and save space.

Chair-height toilets

A taller toilet seat than standard can help people with knee or back limitations. They also facilitate transfers from a wheelchair. Make sure to first test heights in store to make sure it’s right for the situation.

Designing bathrooms with an eye toward the future is a growing trend, it’s never too early to invest in accessibility. Renovating a senior’s bathroom for accessibility is essential for comfort, safety, and could be the next move towards improving quality of life!