An age-in-place bathroom is a term used to describe a bathroom designed specifically for those who plan to continue living in their home as they age. As we age, our mobility and balance tend to diminish, so planning out your bathroom to accommodate these changes can help ensure a safe bathing environment for the entire household.
Bathroom Features to Consider for Aging in Place
Traditional bathroom designs can pose many hazards for elderly individuals. From the tight spaces to wet, slippery surfaces, the risk of slips and falls is greater in the bathroom than just about anywhere else in the house. An aging-in-place bathroom design takes this into consideration to help minimize these risks. In particular, you may want to focus on:
- The doorway and floor clearance – An extra-wide doorway and wider floor areas within the bathroom can be more accommodating for those using a wheelchair, walker, or similar device.
- Safety grab bars – Adding grab bars in strategic locations around the bathroom can help provide points of stability to assist with balance. These are especially helpful in areas where you may be shifting from sitting to standing up and vice versa.
- The bath or shower area – Lots of water and slippery surfaces can make the bath or shower a particularly treacherous area to navigate for those with limited mobility. In addition to being a prime spot for adding grab bars, consider a barrier-free shower enclosure that does not require climbing over a high threshold. You can further choose to customize your walk-in shower with built-in seating, an adjustable showerhead, and non-slip surfacing to make the space as safe and accessible as possible. Or choose a walk-in bathtub that features a swinging door, comfortable seat, and easy-to-reach controls.
At Jacuzzi Bath Remodel of Twin Cities, we specialize in bath and shower remodels. You can rely on our professionals to help you find the products and features that are most suitable for an aging-in-place bathroom design. If you have questions or would like to explore your age-in-place bathroom remodeling options, contact Jacuzzi Bath Remodel of Twin Cities today.