3 Essentials to Make Your Bathroom Safe for Seniors

Think universal designs features are just for grandma in the nursing home? Think again! Universal design features offer comfort and safety that you can enjoy for years to come. 

 

Essential Universal Design Features

  • Wide Doorways – Standard doorways are 30- to 32-inches wide. Wider doorways allow you and another individual to move easily in and out of the bathroom. The recommended width for universal design is a 36-inch-wide doorway.
  • Grab Bars – With all that water, the bathroom is a slippery place. It is the most dangerous room in your home! Grab bars allow you to stabilize yourself. And, they give you a secure point at which to hoist yourself from a seated position.
  • Slip-Resistant Floor – As we said, the bathroom’s a slippery place. If you have a slick, single-surface floor it can be easy to loose your footing. Instead, install a floor that has plenty of texture. This will help you maintain your stability. Additionally, you might use a few bathmats outfitted with a traction backing. If you put them down when your floor is dry, they’ll provide additional grip, even when your floor gets wet.
  • Handheld Showerhead – A handheld showerhead gives you the ultimate in flexibility to get clean without having to do any acrobatic moves while bathing. Want to wash your feet. Just point the showerhead. Want to wash your back, without turning around? You can do that too!
  • Curbless Shower – Whether you had a hard day at the gym or the years are catching up with you, sometimes even a small lip to a shower floor can be cumbersome. Rather, look to a curbless shower to provide a barrier-free entry. This will allow you to easily enter and exit without any obstacles.

Want help selecting the perfect curbless shower or handheld showerhead for your bathroom? Talk to one of our design professionals today.