Carefully thought-through bathrooms for seniors are one of the most essential aspects of living independently. As we age, our needs change and it’s important to make sure that our bathrooms meet our needs as we transition into senior living.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure a bathroom is well-equipped for senior living. From slip-resistant flooring to accessible showers and more, this article will share five top tips for creating a safe and comfortable bathroom for any senior person in your life. So, let’s go ahead and create the perfect bathroom for seniors!

  • Safety first

    There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to safety in the bathroom for seniors.

    1. Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on the floor to prevent falls.

    2. Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower.

    3. Have a friend or family member check on you regularly to make sure you are okay.

    As we age, our balance and coordination often begin to decline, which can make falls more likely. Although we can’t always prevent falls from happening, there are some things we can do to reduce the risk. One of these is to make sure that our bathrooms are as safe as possible.

    One way to do this is to use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on the floor. These mats provide extra traction and can help prevent slips and falls. If you don’t have non-slip mats already, they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to find. You can usually find them at your local hardware store or online. Finally, make sure that there are no loose rugs or carpets that could cause someone to trip and fall.

    Another way to reduce the risk of falls in the bathroom is to install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower. Grab bars can give you something to hold onto if you start to lose your balance, and they can help prevent falls. Many hardware stores sell grab bars that are specifically designed for use in showers and baths.

    Making a few simple changes in your bathroom can go a long way toward keeping you safe from falls.

  • Lighting

    Lighting is one of the most important aspects to consider when designing a bathroom for seniors. Since many seniors struggle with vision, it’s crucial to make sure the area is well-lit. The bathroom should ideally have both natural and artificial lighting. Windows or skylights can provide natural light, while overhead fixtures, wall sconces, or recessed lighting can provide artificial light.

    It is also critical to ensure that the light switches are easily accessible. Install switches near the door, for example, so that seniors can turn on the lights before entering the room. Install dimmer switches so that seniors can adjust the level of lighting to meet their needs.

    Finally, good lighting is essential in any bathroom but especially for seniors who may have vision problems. Install bright light bulbs around the room and consider adding a nightlight so that they can safely use the bathroom at night without having to turn on a bright overhead light.

  • Accessibility

    As we age, many of us begin to experience difficulty with mobility and other physical challenges. The loss of mobility can make it difficult to use the bathroom without assistance. Here are some tips to make your bathroom more accessible for seniors.

    1. Consider installing a raised toilet seat. This will make it easier for a senior person to use the toilet without having to stoop down.
    2. You may also want to install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower or bathtub. These will provide support and stability for seniors who have difficulty standing or balancing.
    3. Add a seat to the shower. Sitting down while showering can provide better stability for seniors who may have balance or mobility issues, or are recovering from an injury or surgery.
    4. Step-in showers: If a senior has trouble stepping over a bathtub wall, consider installing a low-threshold walk-in shower (no lip or ledge to step over). These are especially helpful if you use a wheelchair or walker.
    5. Widen doorways to make it easier to get in and out of the bathroom when using a walking mobility aid.

  • Storage

    Make use of extra storage space to keep your bathroom tidy and uncluttered. For bathrooms for seniors, install waist-level shelves or cupboards to store frequently used items such as toiletries and towels.

    You may want to consider installing a sliding drawer beneath your sink for convenient access to cleaning supplies. A pull-out shelf or drawer is ideal for gaining access to items that are in difficult-to-reach areas or require people to reach deep.
    Install a towel rack within easy reach. Make sure the towel rack is placed at a height that is easy for seniors to reach. Also, you may want to consider using a heated towel rack for added comfort.

    A built-in bench or stool can be a convenient place for seniors to sit while getting ready. This can also double up as additional storage space.
    Finally, over-the-toilet storage is a great space saver, allowing seniors to organize their items and have them within easy reach.

    Geometric shape tiles are especially popular in bathrooms that have a modern or contemporary design because they add an unexpected element of fun and whimsy to otherwise simple spaces. You can choose from a wide range of colors and finishes to create the perfect look for your space.

  • Comfort

    Comfort is essential when it comes to making your bathroom more senior-friendly. Here are a few ideas for making your bathroom more accessible.

    1. Install grab bars in strategic locations. Grab bars can provide seniors with support and stability when getting in and out of the tub or shower, as well as when using the toilet.

    2. Make sure there is ample lighting. A well-lit bathroom can help seniors avoid falls by making it easier for them to see what they’re doing.

    3. Use non-slip flooring. Bathtubs should have a non-slip surface as well as grab bars. In addition, install a hand-held showerhead in the bath to make bathing easier.

    4. Choose a toilet that is at a comfortable height. Seniors may find it difficult to use a standard toilet, so consider installing a raised toilet seat or an adjustable-height toilet.

    5. Keep things close at hand. Keep items like towels, soap, and shampoo within easy reach of seniors so they don’t have to stretch or strain to get them.

  • Conclusion

    Black Walnut Kitchen and Bath Inc. specialize in accessible bathrooms for seniors. If you want to create a bathroom that enables mobility with dignity, contact us for a quote today.