If you live in a multi-generational household or wish to design a home that ages with you, accessibility is essential. Accessibility in bathrooms can be challenging, as showers and tubs can be difficult for people with disabilities or limited mobility to use. Fortunately, many design innovations exist which can easily improve accessibility in your bathroom. In fact, you don’t even need a complete remodel to implement some of these designs. By focusing on the following three improvements, you can find ways to make your bathroom accessible and safe for every person in your family.
Small Changes That Make a Difference
Sometimes it’s the small things that can make a big difference. One way to improve accessibility in your bathroom is to update the lighting. Without proper lighting, it can be hard to navigate the space and the potential for injury increases. You can improve this room’s safety by ensuring that the lighting illuminates all important features and that the controls are easy to operate and can be used by someone in a wheelchair.
Another minor update that makes an impact is the installation of safety bars. Adding grab bars around the toilet, shower, and tub can provide additional stability and support to your existing features without requiring significant changes.
Update Your Shower
There are a few changes that can be made to your shower to make this feature more comfortable and safe. Adding a small seat can make your shower more accessible and doesn’t require a complete shower replacement. If you are installing shower seating, you will want to ensure that you also have a handheld showerhead with a hose of 60 inches or more for maximum flexibility.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a significant change, you can completely renovate your shower and make a “roll-in shower.” These showers have virtually no threshold, which makes maneuvering wheelchairs or walkers in and out of the shower significantly easier.
Install a Walk-In Tub
If you or your older family members prefer bathing to showering, you can design an accessible bathtub as well. An elegant option to improve accessibility in your bathroom is a high-quality walk-in tub. These tubs have no-slip flooring, comfortable seating, and easy-open doors. These bathtubs are designed to foster bathing independence without sacrificing safety or style.
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