Designing Safe and Accessible Bathrooms

If you’ve been working with your loved ones to plan out their future, you know that one of the most dangerous places in their home is the bathroom. Falls represent the leading cause of emergency room visits for the elderly, and the conditions in a bathroom are unfortunately the perfect storm for falls. However, when seniors can safely and easily use the bathroom on their own, it allows them to age with dignity in their own home. That’s why our team at Virginia Restoration Services believes that designing safe and accessible bathrooms, and making accommodations for wheelchairs, walkers, and unsteady balance will go a long way in helping your loved ones feel independent and safe.

Accessible Bathtub

Add More Space

If you’re able to do a complete bathroom remodel, start by making sure the dimensions of the bathroom accommodate the needs of your loved one. The door should be a minimum of 34 inches wide to accommodate a wheelchair and, instead of doorknobs, install easy-to-reach levers. Then, under the sink, leave 27 inches of clearance to make room for a wheelchair. Keep the top of the sink between 32 and 34 inches from the floor.

Convert to a Walk-In Bathtub

Walk-in bathtubs are an important tool for aging in place, improving bath safety and removing some of the barriers that seniors may face while accessing the bathtub. Instead of having to lift their foot 18 inches, our team can lower the lip of their tub until it’s just six inches high, making it simple for them to step inside. Converting the bathtub is a great option for those that don’t plan to do a full bathroom remodel because our process takes less than a day to complete.

Rails, Seats, and Non-Skid Surfaces

Walk-in showers and bathtubs can be equipped with shower rails to help maintain balance while getting into and out of the shower or tub. If your loved one has trouble staying upright while in the shower, we can also install a shower seat. Finally, even if the bathtub originally had a textured surface, it’s likely to have worn away over time, leaving the surface of the bathtub slippery and unsafe. Instead of using a bathmat, which can collect mold and mildew, apply a non-skid surface. Our non-skid surfaces are integrated into the surface of the bathtub itself, and they are the more sanitary choice.

At Virginia Restoration Services, we believe everyone has the right to age with dignity in their own Richmond home. Contact us at today (804) 569-2197 to learn more about our services and get a free estimate.

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