2. Jack Up the Connections
Most people don’t have a telephone in their bathroom. And if a senior has a cell phone, they often don’t carry it with them wherever they go. But what if Aunt Ethel slips and falls? Without help she could be in trouble. Install a telephone jack and make sure she’s connected.
3. Rollout the Drawers
When the knees and hips get creaky, it’s a challenge to bend over and to search through the dark corners of a cavernous vanity to find roll of toilet paper. Make it easier by installing rollout or pullout storage shelves.
4. Everyday Essentials at Eye Level
Medicine cabinets are so practical for seniors – they can keep all their medications, toothpaste, combs, brushes, make up, razors and shaving cream right at their finger tips. And when it’s at eye level, it’s easy to find.
5. Customized Counters
There’s no rule that says all counters and vanities have to be the same height. If two people share a bathroom, customize the vanity heights to their needs. If Aunt Ethel is in her wheel chair and wants a lower height counter, that’s just what she should have. It doesn’t mean Uncle Ernie has to change his routine too.
6. Power Up the Sink
If there isn’t room for everyone to have their own sink, and Ethel and Ernie just can’t agree on the height, there’s still a solution—the adjustable height sink. You can adjust these sinks to a range of heights suitable for everyone.
7. Backing up the Pipes (in a good way)
Once you got the vanity counter at the right height for Ethel, you don’t want anything to interfere with her comfort – no obtrusive pipes eating up valuable space. So install the pipes toward the back rather than the middle. It can also provide more storage space.
8. Faucets on the Side
The faucet on the side of the bathroom sink is not only easier to reach, it’s also quite stylish.
9. Bathe Under a Heat Lamp
So you’ve considered installing a walk in tub for Ernie and Ethel. One concern is whether they will get cold waiting for the water to drain. Not if you also install a heat lamp. It’ll keep them warm just like the August sun on the beach after a swim.
I hope I gave you some new ideas for keeping seniors safe and happy in the bathroom.
How about you? Any innovative ideas about bathroom remodeling for seniors to share with us? Comment below and, if you like, share a link to your site.
Bye for now …..George Flowers.
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