Tips for Bathroom Renovation for the Elderly or Disabled

8th November 2012

•Designing walk in showers and baths can enable people with mobility issues to gain independent access to the shower. Additionally, installing walk in baths with available seating and/or wheelchair access are essential design points.
•Handheld shower tools are essential
•Toilet seats should be raised, and grab bars should be readily accessible around the toilet.
•Look into replacing taps with handles to levers that are easier to turn for people with arthritic or mobility issues.
•Install toggle light switches in the bathroom, at a lower height than normal to make turning on lights and electronic accessories easier. Additionally, for elderly people that may not have proficient eyesight – using ‘light up’ electric switches can make it easier to see at night.
•For wheelchair accessible bathroom renovations, look into purchasing specifically designed plumbing items such as lower sinks. Additionally, reworking entry doors into the bathroom (possibly with pocket doors when possible), and into the showers and baths is important. Make sure that the internal space of the bathroom is wide enough to allow a wheelchair to turn a full 360 degrees.

•Choose floor coverings that are both durable and safe for people who may utilize wheelchairs or be prone to falls.