Bathroom Remodeling for Senior Living Se

Bathroom Remodeling for Senior Living

Several factors need consideration when remodeling for senior living to ensure that the space is safe, as well as attractive. Finish materials, plumbing fixtures and bathroom dimensions may need changing to accommodate disabilities or decreased mobility.

Nonslip Flooring – Select a textured floor finish to prevent slip and falls. If you choose to place rugs in a senior’s bathroom, be sure they are held in place with nonskid, double-sided tape.

Maneuvering Space – Walkers, canes and wheelchairs require more maneuvering space, so it may be necessary to enlarge small bathrooms. Consult the ADA Design Guidelines to ensure there is enough floor space to accommodate the turning radius for a wheelchair. Replace bathroom vanities with pedestal sinks or have the vanities open under the sink to accommodate wheelchairs. Also, bathroom entry ways should be 32 to 36 inches wide.

Grab Bars – Install grab bars on the wall by the toilet and in the bathtub area. Grab bars should be parallel to the floor, not diagonal. It’s also a good idea to add a vertical grab bar inside the bathing area. Be sure to install the bars at the appropriate height. Consult the ADA guidelines for recommendations.

Walk-in Showers and Bathtubs – Even with grab bars, some senior citizens may have trouble using traditional bathtubs. Consider replacing the bathtub with a walk-in shower or a walk-in bathtub. Some models even accommodate wheelchairs. Check the dimensions of the opening to be sure there is plenty of room for the senior to step in and out.

About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.