Doing a Bathroom Remodel for SeniorsPosted on August 6, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Caregiver Education, Mobility / Wheelchair
Every senior is different and has different capabilities. If you are designing a bathroom remodel for your senior, you need to take her height and weight into account. For example, it is important that the fixtures are not set too high for her if she is very short, but in any case she might need a raised toilet.
If you are designing the bathroom remodel yourself, you might be thinking of what your senior’s needs are now. If she has trouble getting up and down from a regular toilet or getting in and out of the bath or shower, you might think to accommodate for those problems. What an expert remodeler can help you do is consider the future in your designs and plan for possible changes. He can make sure there is enough space allowed in the floor plan for a wheelchair, and set up the sink so that it will not be difficult to lower it if the time comes.
Taking Preferences into Account
Your senior is not a cookie-cutter model of an elderly adult. He has his own ideas of what he wants in his bathroom. If you are not skilled at doing a bathroom remodel for seniors, you might make the choice that is easiest for you. For example, your senior might want an accessible bathtub. If it is easiest to put in a walk-in shower, you might do that instead of what the senior really wants. An expert installer will not have to make a decision on that basis, and can allow you and your senior to decide based on preference.
Your senior will need grab bars, an accessible toilet, and possibly an accessible sink. He will need enough room to maneuver in the bathroom easily, especially if he is in a wheelchair. He will need non-slip surfaces as well. It is possible to do this yourself, but a professional remodeler will do the bathroom remodel much better, faster, and you can sit back and watch it being completed.