10 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Accessible For All Ages
Creating a bathroom that’s easy to use for family members of all ages has several important advantages. It improves life for your loved ones, adds value to your property, and may mean that you can stay in your home for longer, looking to the future.
Here are ten tips for creating a bathroom that’s accessible for all ages.
1. Use lever-handle tapware or mixers
As far as bathroom tapware goes, lever-handle tap and mixers don’t require as much strength to turn on and off. This means they’re ideal for little hands getting their first taste of independence, as well as easier and gentler for older loved ones who may struggle with arthritis.
They look stylish, too!
2. Install a walk-in shower
Walk-in showers are easy to get into and out of for anyone of any age. There are no edges to climb over or bathtub to negotiate. This makes them manageable even for those who may have some mobility problems or small children who could be at risk of hurting themselves.
3. Include a bathroom stool
A bathroom stool is an essential accessory in any bathroom. It’s ideal for keeping your products within easy reach while you’re in the bath. But it can be hugely valuable for someone who may need to sit down in the shower or while getting ready in front of the bathroom mirror. It’s also extremely convenient for parents to sit on while bathing babies and toddlers.
It’s important to keep safety in mind when choosing a stool for your bathroom. It needs to be strong, sturdy and non-slip, so it doesn’t rock when you sit on it or cause a risk of an accident.
4. Leave space under the basin
Bathroom vanities are extremely useful, and they look great, but they’re not always the most practical choice in a bathroom that’s used by different generations. Energetic children may stub their toes on the kickboard, or an elderly relative may need to sit down to get ready, and not be able to get close enough to the mirror.
To create a truly accessible bathroom, install a wall-hung basin, as this leaves plenty of room underneath it for knees and toes. If you want to hide your plumbing, you can add a pedestal for a stylish touch.
5. Make the floor non-slip
Wet floors can be highly hazardous, especially for children and older people, who are more at risk of falling. To keep them safe, make your bathroom floor non-slip.
There are plenty of attractive non-slip flooring options available, from textured tiles to vinyl, enabling you to have a bathroom that’s both beautiful and accessible.
6. Install a night-light
Elderly people often need to use the bathroom more than once during the night, and a dark hallway can be intimidating for them, especially if their balance isn’t good and they’re worried about falling.
Equally, young children might be scared of the dark, and it be reluctant to leave their room, without better visibility down the hallway.
Brighten everyone’s nighttime wanderings with a night-light in the hallway between the bedrooms and the bathroom. It needs to be bright enough to see clearly by, but it should also be non-glare, so it’s kind to older eyes.
7. Put common items within easy reach
Kids and older people both want to be independent and not need to trouble you for help. But this can be difficult if they can’t reach the things they need to use in the bathroom.
To solve this problem, make sure the items everyone uses most, such as soap, shampoo and towels, are all within easy reach, without anyone needing to stretch too far.
8. Use digital hot water
Installing digital controls for your water is a must when you’re creating an accessible bathroom. It enables you to keep the water at a safe, known temperature all the time, so the kids and your elderly relatives don’t have to keep adjusting the taps.
This greatly reduces the risk of anyone getting scalded, and makes sure that everyone can enjoy a comfortable and relaxing bath or shower whenever they choose.
9. Make your home adaptable
For your bathroom to continue to work well for you as you get older, you may need to make changes in the future. It’s important to keep this in mind when planning your bathroom design.
The more flexible and easy to adapt your bathroom is, the longer your home will be able to suit your changing needs and lifestyle.
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