You are going to get older, despite the fact that you may not want to. As you get older, you may find yourself clumsier, or you may find that you cannot do things the same ways that you used to. Therefore, we recommend that you make some small changes as you are remodeling your bathroom now, so that you will not need to worry about it in the future.
Here are 6 ideas for your bathroom that may be helpful in the future:
Install a Curbless Shower
Those tub and shower combinations can be a nuisance when you get older, as you may have difficulty getting over that large step as you are entering or exiting your shower. Therefore, we recommend installing a curbless shower during your bathroom remodel. Since there is no step to get over in these showers, they are perfect for older people or anyone who is on crutches or in a wheelchair.
Install a Shower Seat
A shower seat can be a lifesaver when you are not feeling well, but still need to take a shower. You may find that you use this seat often, even before you get older. Another item that works well with this option is a handheld showerhead, as you can take it down to use in the area where you are sitting. Install Grab Bars
Grab bars are different from those towel bars that you have in your bathroom now. These grab bars are much sturdier and can support your weight if you need assistance getting up from a seated position. We recommend installing them near your toilet, the entrance to your shower and tub, and even inside your shower.
Install a Raised Toilet Seat
A raised toilet seat can raise the seat of your toilet up approximately three to four inches. This will make it easier for you to sit and stand while using the bathroom. You can even purchase these with built-in grab bars.
Add Accessible Storage
Vanities can offer a lot of storage, but they will not be very helpful if you cannot bend down to reach anything. You may want to consider creating storage up higher, so that it is easily accessible in the future.
Install a Help Button or Telephone
The room in a house where the most accidents happen is the bathroom. While you could simply take your phone in there with you each time you go in, you know that the one time you forget it will be the time that you need it. We recommend installing a telephone or help button in your bathroom, and have it in a place where you can reach it easily. That way, you will be prepared if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.
Bathroom Remodeling in North Metro Atlanta
We understand that you don’t need these items in your bathroom now, but if you install them all now, you won’t have to worry about doing it when the time comes. Plus, no one knows when they will find themselves injured and in need of assistance. Most of the time people with new lifestyle limitations are not allowed to leave the hospital for their home until certain adjustments have been made. Therefore, it you do it ahead of time, you will not be hanging out in the hospital waiting for your contractor to make the necessary changes. Instead, you can go home and use the items that you had the foresight to include in advance.
Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in need of an ADA-compliant designer and builder in north metro Atlanta. We’ll discuss your options and help you create a safe atmosphere for your loved one.