Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to update your home. And when you are remodeling your bathroom, you should plan for the future, especially when it comes to small bathroom improvements for aging in place.
Small Bathroom Improvements for Aging in Place
Custom shower bench seats are fantastic. They, as well as grab bars, are often the two most frequent requests that our company gets from the majority of our clients. That is usually because they are getting rid of old jet tubs and installing more extensive showers.
No matter what your age is, everybody can use a shower seat bench to relax on. It is also great to have a seat bench installed in your shower anytime you have an injury or may need immediate surgery because not everyone is comfortable or secure on the plastic medical seats, which you can purchase at Walgreens.
While bench seats work great, they can sometimes be a little rickety or temporary. And while the constant movement isn’t a safety issue, they can add to the discomfort of you or a loved one. So try a built-in one instead. Some built-in seat benches are made to fold down as needed and take up less space. And they are made from durable plastic, while others can get pretty fancy with being made from teak wood. Some companies offer a molded bench that you can fit into the shower space as well. It is easy to tile around them, and the seats come in different heights since everyone is built differently.
Since we are talking about comfort and since ceramic and porcelain shower seats can get kind of cold. Another great option is doing a heated seat. By installing a heater in your shower, it will make the bench seat a lot warmer when you sit down on it.
How to Design a Bathroom for Aging in Place
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Grab or safety bars. When it comes to grab bars, people often think that only older people need them. And that when grab bars are installed in your bathroom that you are aging. But what they don’t realize is that security inside the shower is a must for any generation. Grab bars are only necessary to help you get a solid hold and prevent you from losing your footing around the slippery areas.
They are convenient to have and can make getting up off of things a lot easier. Especially if you have a bad hip or knee, grab bars can also be used due to age, a medical situation, or from too much relaxing in the shower. While they don’t bring up visions of style, there are a lot of options to choose from and prove that safety and style can go hand-in-hand. They can go from your standard grab bars to a more fancy and classy style. The fancy/chic style is made of chrome, brushed nickel, or burnished bronze so that it can match the rest of your bathroom fixtures.
No matter what your age, adding grab bars to your shower is a great idea. And you won’t have to worry about sacrificing your style over substance because we can all use something to hold onto at times in the shower.
Aging in Place Bathroom Renovation
Small bathroom improvements for aging in place also include shower wands. Shower wands come in handy because most bench seats are further back in the shower. And the shower want is a great companion for it. That way, you can sit down on the bench and have the wand reach across the shower so that you can still use it. Since adjusting the main showerhead isn’t always an option for some people, then having a hand-held shower wand comes in handy.
While some showerheads come with an additional wand attached, often, the hose isn’t long enough across the shower. You need to make sure that you install one that has a hose long enough to reach the back of the shower. Especially since the point of a bench seat is so that you can sit down while showering. When you have a shower wand that has a long enough hose, you won’t have to worry about standing up and possibly slipping in the soapy mess on the floor of the shower.
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When it comes to planning your bathroom remodel, make sure you take some extra time to add in some of the above ideas. Especially if you are a senior and you want to make some small bathroom improvements for aging in place. And even if you and your family don’t need them, you will find yourself using them quite often without realizing it. Because life can be crazy and you don’t know what it will throw at you. So you will want to be prepared. Taking the extra time and labor to add in the extra convenience to your master or other bathrooms will prove to be a great benefit to you and your family.
Grab/safety bars, bench seats, and shower wands are all significant improvements to have installed in your shower. Make sure that you check out your local home improvement store for these items. There will be many options in stock, as well as an array of options for special orders. Although these add-ons can add to the cost of the remodel, the convenience of it all will make every penny worth it. Not only are they useful if you plan to stay in your home for a while. They can also increase the value of your home if you want to sell it. And it is easy to donate items you no longer need to places like Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on small bathroom renovations, give me a call. My team and I have been serving South Barrington, Barrington, North Barrington, Inverness, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg, Elgin, Long Grove, South Elgin, Palatine, Wayne, Deerfield, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.