A lot of homeowners fail to take into account their future needs while planning their remodeling project. Your needs change as you age and eventually, you might have trouble accessing certain parts of your house, most notably the bathroom. Gaspard Construction, one of the top deck contractors in the state, recommends you consider installing the following to prepare for this eventuality.
Essential Fixtures for Easily Accessible Bathrooms
The elderly often suffer from joint pain, making it hard for them to turn around or reach for certain items. They also aren’t able to stand for long periods. To make it easier for homeowners to use the shower or bathtub, install the following accessories and fixtures:
Handheld Showerhead – This accessory can save the elderly from the trouble of having to twist their body into unnatural positions to adjust the shower.
Shower Bench – Having something to sit on in the shower can ease the burden on the elderly who can’t stand up for a long time due to their joint pain.
Grab Bar – Having something to hold on to will make it easier to get out of the tub or shower.
If you decide to do some more extensive bathroom remodeling, we suggest you consider some of the following design ideas.
Slips and trips on the bathroom floor can be deadly for the elderly. To lessen the risk of slips, install textured flooring to create more friction. The flooring tiles and materials also need to have the same thickness to avoid creating any elevation that may cause someone to trip over.
It’ll be easier for the elderly, especially those who need wheelchairs, to use the bathroom if they have enough space to move around in. However, creating more space in the bathroom will be a challenge, as they’re often the smallest room in the entire house. That means you’ll have to maximize the use of what space you have by doing away with shower stalls and combining the remaining space into a wet room with waterproof flooring.
If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom in anticipation of your future needs, hire an experienced and reputable contractor, like Gaspard Construction. We have over 40 years of experience in the industry and offer bathroom and kitchen remodeling services. To get a free estimate, you can call (281) 532-5283 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Galveston, TX.