Bathroom Remodeling for Aging Adults

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It’s one of the unfortunate realities of life—we age. And as we age, our needs change and sometimes we become more restricted in our movements and actions. If you intend to stay living in your home for as long as you can, or perhaps you have an aging parent living with you, your Colorado bathroom may need some specific remodeling to accommodate.

Why Remodel?

Older adults sometimes struggle with mobility and sometimes balance. It’s important to create a situation where it’s easier to stay stable and avoid falls. There are also things you can do to reduce overall discomfort.

Faucets

Think about making the switch from turn handles to lever handles. For individuals with arthritis or a weaker grip, a turn handle can be more uncomfortable. A lever is generally easier to use.

Bathroom Design

Shower

There are a couple of things to consider with regards to a shower. Getting in and out of a tub can be increasingly difficult, so a shower with a low curb or no curb is easier for adults with mobility issues to use.

Having a showerhead with a removable nozzle will help people stay independent for longer. The showerhead can still be used from a seated position, allowing you to bathe without fear of falling. Add a gripping element to the shower floor.

If you do want a tub, there are more options these days for walk-in tubs. Walk-in bathtubs also have a seat installed, which helps make an easy transition from a wheelchair to a seated position in the tub.

Grab Bars

Installing grab bars is a great idea for individuals choosing to age in place. The individual can use it personally, and caretakers can also take advantage of it.

Rugs and Mats

Falls are one of the top causes of injury among the elderly. To prevent falls, it’s important to use non-slip mats and rugs. In addition, you also need to add grips to the shower or tub floor.

When you’re ready to change things up in your bathroom, contact Niron Depot and visit our showrooms to get inspired. We have shower, tub, and sink fixtures, as well as cabinets, sinks, and lighting fixtures.