Whenever I am asked to re-design a bathroom for clients, my first question is “Do you take baths or showers?” Without question, most of the people I talk with take showers. In my opinion, bathtubs are dangerous for any age, but especially the elderly. Typical bathtubs are a standard size, 30″ wide by 60″ long and can easily be converted to a functional shower.
If you are planning to remodel your bath this year, plan for the future. You may not need everything on the list now, but unforeseen ailments, i.e., back problems, broken bones, or just plain “age” hinders moving around easily. Staying in their home as long as possible and feeling independent is #1 on the most people’s wish list.
Here are a few important items to think about:
- Built-in seat or folding seat, depending on your space and needs
- Hand held shower on a slide bar
- Walk-in shower without a curb
- Soap niche placed accessible from bench
- Shower door wide enough for walker or wheel chair
- Grab bars in several key places
- Non-skid tile
If you have any questions or need help with your project, please do not hesitate to email me at Nancy@NancyHugo.com