Designing a Bathroom for Elderly & Disabled

July 8, 2016

We all age and with age simple tasks like showering can become more difficult than they previously were. Bathroom renovations are often completed by senior couples or family members taking in an elderly relative and there are some important aspects to consider to ensure the new bathroom is suitable. We strongly recommend consulting with an expert.

Safety

A normal bathroom can easily become a potential danger zone for an elderly or disabled person. Studies show 55% of falls experienced by seniors occur within the home and the bathroom is a high  traffic area. Some key points to consider when it comes to safety for a senior or disabled resident include:

  • Slippery wet surfaces
  • Poor lighting
  • Awkward storage
  • Lack of handles and support
  • Narrow spaces (anywhere that cannot fit a wheelchair or walker)

Independence

As we age we like to think we can keep our independence for as long as possible. A carefully designed bathroom with aging in mind can help us, or our family member, hold on to their independence for a little while longer. Some bathroom items that can assist with the independence of elderly or disabled persons includes:

  • Handles & support in appropriate areas
  • No large steps or shower-baths
  • Shower seating
  • Non-slip mats & tiles

Design

Even though this bathroom is being designed with elderly or disabled access in mind, there is no reason it shouldn’t be attractive. Bathrooms are important rooms in the house and should be relaxing, private and nice to look at – let’s be honest you’re going to spend a lot of time in there. The design should be thought out from the start and planned with a bathroom expert (just like us!) so you can be sure to get the most suitable equipment and styles on offer.

Planning 

Planning and research are key to ensuring you create the perfect bathroom to suit all your requirements. We would love to help bring your new bathroom to life and can assist with designs tailored for the elderly and disabled. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on 0417072278.

Sources 

http://www.learnnottofall.com/content/fall-facts/where- seniors-fall.jsp

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