As you grow older, your home is going to become less and less accessible. You may still crave the ability to live, safely and independently, in your own space—especially when it comes to your bathroom. Some may say this is impossible, especially if you or a family member finds themselves with a disability, but with the right home remodeling contractor, you can do it!
Make Sure There Is a First-Floor Bathroom
The first step to remodeling your bathroom for aging in place is to make sure there is a bathroom on the first floor. Having a first-floor full bathroom is crucial to the livability and functionality of your home. If a bathroom, with a toilet and shower, is not located on the first floor, it is in your best interest to consider a bathroom addition. An alternative to having a bathroom on the first floor is to install an elevator or chairlift in your home for easier second-floor access.
Add Grab Bars Near Toilets & in Showers
Safety is the number one priority when remodeling for aging in place. Adding grab bars in your bathroom, especially near toilets and in the shower, can dramatically increase safety. Near toilets, they can help you sit or stand with ease. In the shower, they can help you stand with ease or get in and out of the shower safely. And, the best part? Grab bars come in many styles and designs, so you can find some that match the décor of your bathroom!
Having a toilet that is a proper height is especially important as you age. Replacing your toilet with one that is tall enough for easy sitting and standing can make a world of difference in terms of your bathroom’s accessibility. When choosing a new toilet, make sure it is selected with the homeowner in mind—not every accessible toilet will be the right fit for every type of person.
Redesign All Showers
Most showers are not built with accessibility in mind—and this presents a big safety issue for homeowners who wish to age in place. Installing grab bars, shower seats, adjustable shower heads, and applying an anti-slip coating to the tub floor are just the first steps. Showers and bathtubs can be remodeled to include a safer entryway or more space to maneuver.
Give Yourself Space to Move
As you get older, space is going to become incredibly important. As you transition from mid-life to senior to elderly, planning for the use of canes, wheelchairs, walkers or similar assistive devices is a good idea. Ideally, you should create a bathroom that is spacious enough to accommodate someone in a wheelchair, even around the toilet or in the shower stall.
Remodel Your Maryland Bathroom with Design Build Remodeling Group
Remodeling your Maryland home for aging in place is important if you plan to live independently in your current home. Your bathroom is the number one space that should be easily accessible. We understand that remodeling for disability or age is a unique process to every individual customer, which is why we listen to your needs and implement designs you need and want. Give us a call today at 410-970-4452 or contact us online. Let’s begin your bathroom remodel for aging in place today!