A bathroom remodel is one of the most basic adjustments to make when preparing a home for aging homeowners.
As more seniors choose to remain living in their homes instead of an assisted living facility or nursing home, more accessibility is a primary need. For many, a bathroom remodel such as this helps people maintain their independence and dignity.
Changes allowing freedom of movement without the risk of slips and falls is paramount. To achieve this goal, options such as walk-in bathtubs or showers, grab bars, specific use lighting and more should be part of the bathroom remodel plan.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says about 235,000 annually people seek medical attention for bathroom-related injuries. The result is safety should be the most important quality when developing an accessible bathroom remodel.
Walk In Showers
In recent years, a bathroom remodel in older homes often included a conversion of a bath tub area into a spacious walk in shower. Many people prefer the shower option. They use less water and lend themselves to easier access for an aging population. Whether walking in or rolling in a wheelchair, a walk-in shower is very accessible. Depending on need it can have additional hand rails added, special task lighting and a hand held shower head. They can also be outfitted with special chairs and benches.
Walk In Bath Tub
Walk-in tubs are a great option for seniors. They are more reliable than ever before in terms of leaking. They also have multiple safety features, including safety bars/railings, seating, and non-slip floors. Walk-in bathtubs are also lower to the ground, making getting in and out safer.
Keep in mind, many walk-in tubs do not include some features such as a fixed shower head, a handheld shower head, or whirlpool jets. Be sure the option important to you are offered with the walk-in tub model you prefer.
Installing a senior-friendly toilet is increasingly important for seniors. Chair height toilets
allow seniors to raise and lower their body weight with minimum effort. Special lift chairs are also available for assisting with lifting and lowering individuals.
Carpeted bath rugs or bath mats with non-skid features can work well for preventing slips. They are great options for those on budgets. The reality is the flooring choices in a bath remodel are almost limitless. Be sure to ask your remodeling contractor to review the options for you if you want a new floor.
Small adjustments can make a substantial difference in a senior’s comfort level within their bathroom. Lowering the sink or toilet will make a huge impact. In cases where a wheelchair is used or may be used, knee clearance to comfortably get to and from a sink is significant.
Hand Rails For Balance
Grab bars throughout the bathroom are significant. A handrail next to the toilet, bathtub and shower will increase safety greatly. Wherever a senior would need additional leverage to pull themselves up, plan on installing a grab bar or hand rail. An important bathroom remodel option to consider for a senior is a telephone line or alert system in the bathroom. It is a great feature to have just in case of a fall.
Having specially installed task lighting can help seniors with impaired or failing vision. Part of a bathroom remodel can include added task lighting in the shower or bath area, increased lighting capability near a vanity mirror or a larger and brighter fixture in general.
A Bathroom Remodel To Keep Your Home Longer
When planning your bath remodel for future use, consider hand grabs, walk in showers and other easily accessible features with handles, and other fixtures and hardware
Schoenwalder Plumbing has a bathroom remodeling ideas checklists designed to help organize a bath remodel project. Having done hundreds of remodeling projects, we can help your bath remodel fit your present and future needs.
Schoenwalder Plumbing provides bath remodel services to Waukesha WI and Lake Country, including Hartland, Delafield, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Elm Grove, New Berlin, Oconomowoc and Dousman.
Please call us at (262) 542-7908 or email us and our professional team will help you plan and finish your bathroom remodel in Waukesha WI.