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4 Bathroom Home Modifications For Aging In Place Seniors


What Is Aging-In-Place?

By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65. A recent survey put out by the AARP shows that 87% of people over 65 would like to stay at home or in their communities as they age.

You’ve lived in your home for 40 plus years. What can you do to make sure you remain in your home? Older adults are remodeling their home, especially their bathrooms, so they can remain in their homes longer.

This is the concept referred to as “aging in place.” This allows them to create more comfortable and convenient living spaces for everyone.

Implementing a few home modifications for aging in place seniors make is possible for them to retain independence. The right modifications can assist seniors who find themselves in need of more help at home.

Here are 4 aging in place bathroom designs that you should consider if you plan on doing any aging in place bathroom remodeling.

Traffic Patterns

One of the first things to do when doing modifications to accommodate aging in place is to make sure that all traffic patterns are wheelchair accessible. The traffic area should be wide enough so that moving in and out of the bathroom is not an issue.

Walk-In Tubs

walk in tubs for seniors

Seniors fall and injure themselves every 15 seconds in the United States. As seniors age and become less stable they use fixtures and features around the bathroom that are not intended to help them transition in and out of a bathtub or shower and this can be extremely dangerous.

The great thing about walk-in tubs for seniors is that they usually have an extra-wide door and a very low threshold. It allows them to easily step in, sit down and then close the door when they’re safely seated.

The tub’s floor and seat are slip-resistant. Many of these tubs are the same height as a regular chair so it’s much easier for an elderly person to sit down and get back up again.

Faucet’s are generally ADA compliant and designed for all hand strengths. Grab bars positioned inside the tub makes getting up and down easier.

These tubs are able to bring back dignity, safety, and independence into a senior’s life.

Seated Showers

seated showers

Maybe you don’t have the money to invest in a walk-in bathtub. Seated showers are designed to replace the bathtub. Getting in and out of the bathtub is where most accidents happen for seniors.

So you get rid of that high tub to step in and out of and replace it with a lower threshold shower. This makes it much easier to get in and out of safely and you can add grab bars for increased safety.

This is a great option for seniors if they don’t want to use their tub anymore. You don’t have to sacrifice style for function, there are some great looking seated showers that you can have installed.

Grab Bars

toilet grab bars

Grab bars installed in and around the tub makes it easier for seniors to get in and out of the tub. These bars are especially helpful for seniors who have mobility and balance problems. Grab bars make for a much sturdier environment.

Also, grab bars that are placed strategically around the toilet allow seniors to pull with confidence as they get up.

Done For You Bathroom Home Modifications For Aging In Place

bathroom lighting for seniors

Remodelers trained in the art of aging in place are called Certified Aging In Place Specialists (CAPS).

They were developed in partnership with the AARP. They can provide an aging in place solution for your bathroom remodel. Their purpose is to make the transition easier, allowing seniors to remain age at home while still maintaining most of their independence.

The bathroom is a critical place to make accessible. The sleek lines of the bathroom designs are also becoming popular with the able-bodied people as well who see it as a luxury upgrade.

Other features include higher toilets, better lighting, and contrasting colors. It’s also smart and relatively inexpensive to reinforce the bathroom walls with extra blocking for the grab bars that we mentioned earlier.

We don’t tend to think about lighting much but it’s really simple to add some lights or get brighter lights. As we age our vision tends to yellow and we lose a little bit of our depth perception.

Using materials that have a high contrast with each other like a light wall and dark floor helps seniors to better distinguish the difference between spaces so as not to bumping and stumbling over things.

Remodeling a bathroom for aging in place seniors is a lot less expensive than going to a long-term care facility.

So the longer you can stay in your home you’re going to pay this project off in no time when you compare it to moving. This also can help the resale value of your home as well.

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