More Americans than ever before are opting to age in their own homes. Choosing to age in place is a wonderful way to stay close to family and friends, but often requires minor modifications to ensure the home remains safe and accessible over time. Falls are a serious health concern for older adults, who may have balance issues or other mobility challenges. A fall is also more likely to cause fractures and other injuries in older individuals than any other age group. The bathroom is one of the most likely places in the home for a fall to occur; fortunately, there are several simple and seamless changes you can make during a bathroom remodel to increase the safety, functionality, and accessibility of a basic or master bathroom to ensure you can age in place comfortably in the future.
Grab bars provide an added handhold to prevent slips and falls in the bathroom. These fixtures should be installed near the toilet and in the shower or tub in a configuration parallel to the ground for the easiest and most secure grip. Today, grab bars are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes, allowing you to integrate these features into the larger look of your bathroom for a more finished and appealing result. Choosing grab bars that blend with the other materials and colors of your bathroom will ensure that these fixtures become an aesthetic part of the whole, rather than appear as an afterthought.
As the body ages, moving from a standing to a sitting position and vice versa can become more difficult. Comfort toilets offer a bowl that is placed higher than standard toilet height, minimizing the amount of vertical change required to use them. This can make sitting on and getting up from the toilet much easier and safer, especially when coupled with grab bars. Furthermore, comfort toilets are often considered a beneficial feature by homebuyers because they are more convenient and comfortable, meaning you’ll be able to leave these features in place if you ever do decide to sell your home.
Curbless showers are not only one of the most popular bathroom remodeling design trends, they’re also a great feature to include in your bathroom if you plan to age in place. Because curbless showers have no lip or curb, they are easy to enter and exit, even if you require a wheelchair or other mobility assistance device. Curbless showers can be installed in larger and oddly-shaped spaces because they don’t require a prefabricated shower cabinet, allowing you to add features such as benches, storage niches, and grab bars more easily. Including a handheld showerhead in your curbless shower can make bathing as you age easier as well by allowing you to wash off in either a seated or standing position.
Turning your Pompano Beach bathroom into a room where you can age in place comfortably is easy with the right selection of top-quality products. We can help you create a bathroom that is safer, more convenient, and more elegant with our selection of bathroom accessories, sinks, and showers in an endless array of styles and designs. You can take a look at some of our most popular products when you visit our website, where you can also check out our project gallery, inspiration pages, and other online resources. Our blog also features additional articles on improving the aesthetics and usability of any bathroom in your home.