Although you may not need a wheelchair, living with limited range of motion or being prone to falls can make your bathroom a dangerous place. If you are considering a bathroom renovation, there are upgrades that can remove potential hazards and make your bathroom less scary.
Minimize Slippery Floors
The floor is a common culprit when considering the safety of your bathroom. If you are in the market to replace your entire floor, you have several options. Ceramic tile floors can provide adequate traction, if they have the right finish. For a glazed ceramic tile floor, you will want to choose tiles that are treated with a textured or matte glaze. Any glossy coating will only increase the likelihood of slipping, especially with wet, bare feet. Unglazed ceramic tiles, with a simple sealant to prevent staining or water damage, are another option. Unglazed ceramic tiles may give you more traction than their glazed counterpart.
If you are not replacing your floor, consider using treatments that can add traction to your existing floor, without damaging the flooring. Anti-slip coatings can be used on a variety of surfaces in the bathroom or thorough your home. Consider purchasing an anti-slip coating for use inside the bath or shower, which can be more helpful than rubber grips.
Toss The Tub
Many people with limited mobility find that it is difficult getting in and out of the tub. They may only use the tub for showering, since it can be difficult to sit inside the tub. Changing your old tub to a walk-in shower has several benefits. Glass shower enclosures are much easier to use when you have limited range of motion in your legs. Since you only need to step up a few inches or less, you decrease your risk of tripping when trying to get in or out of the shower. When choosing your walk-in shower door, consider a sliding glass door, which can be easier to open and will take up less space if you have a smaller bathroom.
Modify Your Sink
The opportunity to sit at your bathroom sink can be useful if you tire easily. Swap your conventional bathroom sink for a wall-mounted version. This can leave enough space under the sink to store a small chair or stool, which can serve as a resting place after showering or for personal care. If space allows, installing a vanity that is capable of accommodating a wall-mounted sink is also ideal. This can allow you to keep personal care items within easy reach, either on top of the vanity or in attached storage space.
Elevate The Toilet
No renovated bathroom would be complete without a comfortable toilet. When problems occur with the toilet, the most common reason is the toilet seat is too low, especially when you have limited range of motion or pain in your knees. If a new toilet is in your budget, choose a toilet that is at least 17 inches high, which is slightly taller than conventional toilets. Only elevating the toilet seat is another option if you are working with a smaller budget.
A plastic toilet seat can sit on top of your existing toilet seat, which is more versatile if multiple people use the same bathroom. If you need extra security, consider installing an elevated toilet seat with small hand railings. The hand railings can be useful when attempting to sit down, or as a way to stabilize yourself, if you are concerned about falling when standing up.
Simple modifications to your bathroom can prevent accidents and make your daily routine easier. Many of the modifications that benefit people with limited mobility also easily accommodate other people in the household.Share