bathroom safety for seniors

24 Jan 5 Design Tips for Creating Bathroom Safety for Seniors

Bathroom safety for seniors is an utmost concern for many caring for an aging member of our society. Falls are one of the main cause of fatal injury for older individuals.

The bathroom has all the characteristics of an accident waiting to happen.

This article shares bathroom renovation tips to accommodate handicap accessibility. A task done without sacrificing style and comfort.

Stylish Accessibility: 5 Handicapable Tips

Bathroom safety for seniors begins from the ground, up. Here are actionable tips to remember when redesigning a bathroom for handicap access.

1. Flooring

Start by redoing slippery, tile floors with new, non-slip materials. Else, apply non-slip sprays like Stone Grip. Avoid flooring with dips and/or chips as these can pool moisture and increase slippage.

Choose dark, plain patterns to prevent reflecting. Also, consider its layout to avoid dizziness from lay lines.

2. Focus on the fixtures

Shrink bathroom fixtures to add extra space needed for wheelchairs or mobility items.

Lower fixture height for access and consider:

  • A floating vanity to allow knee space
  • Applying heat strips to the floor
  • Installing a tilting mirror for better visibility
  • Adding railing alongside the toilet and shower/tub

Study the universal design principles. These principles help add accommodation for all age, size, and disability.

3. Widen the access points

Widen both bathroom doorway and shower/tub access for easier entry and exit.

Consider:

  • Proximity of toilet and vanity to entry points
  • Using sliding doors for more room and movement

Try walking through the bathroom with arms stretched wide. Then, rearrange the main features with this personal space in mind.

4. From tub to shower

The siding and lip are a troublesome challenge for seniors as they enter and exit the tub. Remove the danger completely by replacing it with a walk-in shower.

Focus on the fine details:

  • Add non-slip rubber mats on the shower floor
  • Remove the thresholds from the edges
  • Install guide railings to help maintain stability

Also, use heavy shower curtains to stop water spillage outside the shower.

5. Illuminate the space

Install bright light fixtures to provide the best visual clarity. This may include nightlights along walkways leading into the bathroom.

Improve bathroom safety for seniors with sensor lights. This will help them locate the main switch without the struggle of darkness.

Bathroom Safety for Seniors is a Part of the Whole

Renovating for handicap accessibility extends beyond the bathroom walls. Quality of life is improved through accessible home modifications.

Modifications include:

  • Easy access appliances
  • Ceiling track lifts
  • Wide doorways
  • Ramps and elevators

…and other comforts taken for granted by able-bodied persons.

Make the renovation a starting point for improving the overall safety of the home. Seniors have many, golden years ahead — do your part to remove the challenges found in their homes.

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We’re proud National Association of Home Builders members with certifications for handicap accessibility. Our experience and personal touch helped many improve quality of life and independence.

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