How long do you plan to stay in your current home? Is this your forever home? Well, if it is, then you may want to consider making some changes to ensure that you can stay there comfortably for the rest of your life.
Here are 6 steps you should take in your bathroom now to stay home longer:
- Install Grab Bars: Grab bars can be installed next to toilets, sinks, and inside showers to help you stand up and stay steady when in an upright position.
- Roll-in Showers: Roll-in showers are wonderful, because they can be used by people in wheelchairs. They have larger openings, which makes it easier for people to get into them. We also recommend installing a bench inside the shower, so you can sit down if you need to while showering.
- Improved Lighting: Lighting is always needed in a bathroom, and as you get older you may find that you cannot see as well as you used to. By installing more lighting now, you will find that the room will be much brighter and that it is easier to do anything that you need to in this space.
- Accessible Vanity: Lower vanities are helpful as they are easier for everyone to use.
- Wider Doorway: The doorways to bathrooms are always smaller than other doorways, but that isn’t helpful for wheelchairs or walkers. By expanding the doorway to your bathroom, you will be ready if you ever need to fit larger items through it.
- Flooring: Certain bathroom floors can be slippery, which is why we recommend switching out ceramic tiles and replacing it with vinyl. Consider adding heated flooring for those colder winter days.
Making these changes in your bathroom will get it ready for when you are older, but it may also help you now. After all, you never know when you may have an accident and break a bone and be reliant on crutches. These changes can also help you when you are sick and not feeling too well. If you are too weak when showering, you can always sit on the bench in the shower.
The benefits of these changes are endless, and you will notice them many times before you reach the age when you thought you would need them. Call us at 301-948-0100 if you’re in Gaithersburg or the surrounding areas and would like to discuss remodeling your bathroom to include ADA compliant items that will allow you to live at home longer as you age.