There are several advantages to making your bathroom universally accessible or “aging-in-place ready.” This is especially true if you have family members with disabilities, or if you simply want to make gradual modifications that will accommodate your changing needs as the years go on. Regardless of your reason, a universally accessible bathroom is definitely a worthwhile investment.
In this post, bathroom remodeling expert DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Tyler lists a few features that you definitely need to create a universally accessible bathroom.
This choice is wise even in standard bathrooms. However, it is especially crucial if there are kids or adults over 65 living in your home because these two age groups are prone to slips and falls. To avoid accidents, you might want to opt for smaller tiles since they usually offer a better grip. Smaller tiles, however, can be a bit more difficult to clean. If that is a concern, you might want to choose rubber flooring instead. Although a bit more expensive, it does not get slick when wet and has a softer surface, which can help cushion a fall.
Make doorways wider so that people using wheelchairs, canes or walkers can easily access the bathroom. To widen a doorway, your bathroom remodeler might rehang the door using swing-clear hinges. This will allow the door to swing behind the frame instead of in the frame. With this modification, you can easily get two extra inches of clearance.
Grab bars are best installed by shower entrances and near the toilet. Make sure that they are slip-resistant and properly secured to the wall for strong and stable support.
Try to have as much natural light as possible in the bathroom. Consider installing skylights and use recessed lighting in shower enclosures. Adequate lighting is extremely important for those whose vision is starting to weaken.
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