Making Bathrooms More Accessible and Comfortable
As we age, we often need to make changes to our home to ensure that we are able to maintain safety and comfort. Thankfully there are many solutions for making our bathrooms safer and more accessible. Here are a few examples of accessible bathroom design.
1. Space - If the shower must be large or accommodate a disability, it should be big enough to safely maneuver around with room to spare. If the bathroom is too small for a large shower, consider creating an open bathroom without walls between the shower, sink and toilet. Instead the bathroom can have a central floor drain and use waterproof materials.
2. Curb-less Shower Stalls - To allow ease of entry and prevent tripping, compressible plastic strips can be installed on the floor to contain water. The strips can be rolled over but won't create a tripping hazard.
3. Non-Slip Surfaces - Tile with a matte finish and wider grout can provide a better gripping surface. Consider adding contrasting accents to tile floors and shower walls, which can help visually impaired occupants.
4. Lighting - Waterproof, compact LED light fixtures are perfect for providing bright light inside shower enclosures.
5. Seating - Consider adding built-in or a fold down seating inside the shower.
6. Storage - Wall niches provide a safe, convenient place to store shower accessories. Having niches at different heights will make them accessible to children and adults.
7. Shower Heads - When it comes to shower heads there is no one-size-fits-all installation height. For the most flexibility consider a rail mounted shower head that can be moved up and down to accommodate everyone from children to tall adults.
8. Grab Bars - Installing grab bars at an angle will make them easier to use at a range of heights.
9. Comfort Height Toilets - Taller toilets involve less knee movement to stand.
Need help making your bathroom more accessible? Give us a MR Plumbing a call, we can help make life safer and more comfortable for everyone in your family.