Bathroom Renovation

When it comes to Aging-in-Place, Focus on the Bathroom

bathroom Image 8-30-16 at 11.07 AMOne extremely important room in the home when it comes to accessibility is the bathroom. Here are some things to consider incorporating into your bathroom as you age-in-place.

• Wall support and provision for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets

• At least one wheelchair maneuverable bath on main level with 60-inch turning radius or acceptable t-turn space and 36-inch by 36-inch or 30-inch by 48-inch clear space

• Bracing in walls around tub, shower, shower seat, and toilet for installation of grab bars to support 250-300 pounds

• Curbless shower, minimum of 36-inches wide, with fold-down seat

• Lower bathtub for easier access

• Adjustable/handheld showerheads with 6-foot hose

• Tub/shower controls offset from center

• Toilet two and a half inches higher than standard toilet (17-19 inches) or height-adjustable

• Wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect user from pipes

• Slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower