If you’re planning to remain in your home as you age, you might consider modifying the space to accommodate your changing needs. As we grow older, things that have been easy for us can become quite difficult, such as standing in the shower or getting out of the bathtub. 

Prepare for your future lifestyle by redoing your bathroom design to accommodate aging in place. In addition to the tub and shower, you may also need to rethink your floors. The bathroom is the most likely place for an accident — like a slip or fall — to happen. 

It’s natural for our abilities and living requirements to evolve over time. If you’re wondering what renovations you’ll need, keep reading to learn the key features of aging-in-placing bathroom design, including the best modifications for improving safety as well as what’s trending in bathroom accessibility. 

Benefits of Aging-in-Place Renovations

The benefits of aging-in-place include maintaining independence, comfort, and safety, as well as cost savings compared to a senior living environment. If you are concerned about changes in your mobility and how safe and accessible your home will be, it’s a good idea to begin planning your aging-in-place renovation sooner rather than later.

Key Features of Aging-in-Place Bathroom Design 

What does a bathroom need to accommodate someone who’s aging in place? It will depend on the person’s individual needs. As you plan your renovation, remember these six features to make the most of your renovation. 

1. Walk-In Shower

If you need balance support, a walk-in shower with a chair or bench could help you stay safe and comfortable. There are two options for walk-in showers: barrier-free and curbed or low-threshold.

A barrier-free walk-in shower allows you to “wheel in,” making this the best choice for people with mobility limitations who use a device like a walker or scotter. A curbed or low-threshold shower is helpful for people who are comfortable stepping into the space.

2. Tub Cut

As the name suggests, a tub cut is when you remove a section of the bathtub to allow you to enter the shower with just a small step. This is a fully customizable solution. 

3. Grab Bars

Grab bars are a must-have for aging-in-place bathroom design. The benefits include safety and stability when moving around the shower, getting on and off the toiletand more confidence in keeping your balance.

4. Comfort Height Toilet

Standing up and sitting down can be difficult for older adults. Also known as “chair height toilets,” comfort height toilets usually measure between 17 and 21 inches tall, making them easier to use for seniors. 

5. Bidet

This simple bathroom addition has been steadily growing in popularity. A bidet is a convenient and comfortable choice for any homeowner. The benefits include the following: 

  • Enhanced cleanliness
  • Affordability
  • Various options available 
  • Savings on toilet paper expenses

6. Vanity Adjustment

You can modify your existing vanity or replace it with a new one. For people with mobility challenges, a lowered vanity can allow for wheelchair accessibility. A raised vanity can accommodate taller individuals and help them feel more comfortable. 

Omicelo Health Is Here to Help

If you need assistance planning your aging-in-place bathroom design, Omicelo Health is here to help. Our team will guide you through the entire bathroom safety modification process from the first consultation through construction. 

Omicelo Health is with you every step of the way. Speaking of steps, a fall prevention strategy is our focus for bathroom renovations. You use the shower, sink, and toilet every day, so you deserve to feel safe doing so. 

Our team is always here to answer any questions you have about home modifications. We want to help homeowners age in place in their homes and communities. 
Whether you’re thinking about a full bathroom remodel or just a couple of minor changes, we’re here to guide you through the process of making your living space safer and more comfortable. Reach out to Omicelo Health today to learn more about how we can help.