A bathroom remodel is an exciting project that will, almost immediately, add value to your home. But, if you are hoping to design a genuinely valuable bathroom, you will want to ensure that it is accessible to all. This means making your bathroom accessible to people of different levels of mobility, and to people who may suffer from some sort of physical disability. To follow are some of the many safety devices you may want to consider and install during your bathroom remodel. In doing so, you create an inviting and functional space that is bound to be widely appreciated whether you have a family member with mobility issues, or you have mobility issues yourself:
In any public bathroom, you are bound to see grab bars. These grab bars help people with limited mobility, or who require a wheelchair to get around, use the toilet. In private bathrooms, grab bars are also beneficial when placed within showers and above bathtubs. These grab bars ensure that persons do not need to strain their bodies to sit up and down. In addition, grab bars significantly reduce the chance of slippage.
You will want a contractor to help you with the installation of the grab bars in your bathroom. After all, the last thing you want is for a poorly installed grab bar to become the cause of an accident. In terms of installation heights, grab bars located next to the toilet ought to be mounted at an approximate height of thirty inches. With respect to the shower, you will want your grab bar at a height of 25 inches from the floor. On the back wall behind your bathroom, a grab bar ought to be situated at a height of eight inches above your bathtub’s rim. The nice aspect about grab bars is that they tend to be made of stainless steel and have a sleek aesthetic. This means that they blend in well with a contemporary bathroom, while also promoting optimal safety.
Installing a Safe Shower
The shower is one of your bathroom’s features that you will use the most. As such, you will want to make sure that your shower is a space that you and others can thoroughly enjoy without fear of slipping.
A safe shower will be spa-inspired in nature. This means that it will be coated with substantial tiles that blend in seamlessly with the rest of your bathroom décor. These walk in showers are larger than average and can accommodate more than one person. Alternatively, they can also accommodate someone who uses a mobility advice to get around.
To make your shower as safe as possible, you will want to install several different showerheads at varying heights. These shower heads should be attached to flexible hose features that can be grabbed and moved around at will. A fold-down shower bench is a wonderful feature for elderly people, or for others with difficulty moving around. Moreover, a shower seat is also a wonderful feature for people who wish to sit and relax while bathing. These simple safety features go a long way at rendering your bathroom as accessible as possible.
Just as you will want to make your shower as safe and accessible as possible, so too will you want to make your bathtub both safe and secure. First and foremost, you will want to take pains to ensure that your bathtub has a certified non-slip surface. In addition to installing a grab bar behind your bathtub, you will also want to select a model with a flat bottom. This flat bottom will improve the bather’s capacity for stability and balance.
If you are planning your remodel specifically around the needs of seniors, you will want to install a tub equipped with an outward-opening door. This allows bathers to enter the bathtub without having to lift their legs uncomfortably. Walk-in bathtubs tend to have doors with a locking feature that is simple to activate. This ensures that bathers feel secure when bathing, but can also exit seamlessly at the appropriate time. This locking mechanism will be attached to a lever. Walk-in bathtubs are an excellent option for elderly persons who still appreciate how baths allow for a deep and enduring sense of relaxation.
When remodeling your bathroom, you will want to do so with optimal safety and security in mind. This will involve planning the layout of your bathroom in a relatively open and unrestricted manner. In addition, you will also want to install grab bars in and around all of your bathroom’s main features. Finally, you will want to pay particular attention to your toilet, your shower and your bathtub. All of these elements pose challenges to persons with limited mobility. Fortunately, there are a number of safety devices and options that you can install in order to render your bathroom as accessible as possible.