Looking for ways to age in place?
Interested in adding value to your home, or security to your spaces?
Whether you or a loved one is getting up in years, it’s imperative to ensure that you have ways to make sure that they’re safe when taking care of themselves. The good news is that accessibility bathroom updates don’t have to look bad. With today’s modern, stylish options for bathroom remodeling, your bathtub replacement or shower to tub conversion can add value and beauty to your bathroom (as well as safety).
Interested in ways to make your bathroom more accessible? We’ve got five great ideas that we’re ready to share with you!
Place Your Fixtures Strategically
Think about it: When you’re allocating room for a walker or a wheelchair, you need to make sure that your sink, tub, toilet or shower doesn’t get in the way of wheelchair maneuverability. Make sure that these parts of your bathroom are placed so that there is lots of available space between them.
Consider Smart Shower Builds
When you’re considering a replacement shower, think about building one without a lip or a curb, so no-one has to step over anything in order to get themselves clean (or, if necessary, the shower stall even has wheelchair access). In the shower itself, you should think about adding a shower bench for easy, comfortable support.
Shower Accessories for Ultimate Safety
You can’t go wrong by adding a grab bar for stability in your shower. It’ll help with getting in and out of the shower without any fear of slipping. In addition, you should consider purchasing a hand-held shower head; this allows for easy control of the water quality and temperature without having to reach a set place in the shower stall.
When preparing a bathroom for wheelchair access, you need to think about having adequate clearance under your sink so that your loved one can access the facilities properly. A good rule of thumb is to look for at least 27” of unobstructed space - but measuring your loved one’s wheelchair can also provide good information.
Spring for Slip-Resistant Flooring
This is probably a good idea for any bathroom, no matter whether accessibility is a goal! If you select textured flooring options, you’ll be far more able to get a grip on the flooring - reducing the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls for more safety.
If you’re looking for a partner to help you make your bathroom more accessible, Genie Bath Systems is ready to help. We offer replacement showers and more for affordable prices, always with high-quality products. Call our team today to learn more about what we can offer you!
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