By : Marlena Stoddard
Advancing age can present obstacles to carrying out personal grooming routines and make simple tasks more difficult. If you are building a new home or remodeling an existing one, modern materials and fixtures make it easy to create a bathroom that is not only senior-friendly but also beautiful. Here are five tips for designing a bathroom that is not only well-suited to the needs of seniors but will also adapt to your household’s changing needs.
Your first concern must be safety. Begin with skid-resistant flooring that is also easy to maintain. Tile is a natural choice for a senior-friendly bathroom because it is a versatile, beautiful, easily cleaned material that can be applied to all bathroom surfaces that require frequent cleaning. However, don’t feel that you are limited to an institutional look. Specialty suppliers such as Tile Mega Mart offer a wide variety of non-slip choices, along with coordinating wall tiles. Ask your plumber to install an anti-scald device to prevent accidental burns, and don’t forget the grab bars. These should always be located in the bathtub or shower as well as around the toilet.