Are you nearing the end of your working life? For many years, you’ve most likely been planning your money for retirement. But have you given any thought to how you might prepare your home for retirement and old age?
With a little planning ahead of time, you can make improvements to your house that will help you age in place and make it more likely that you will be able to stay in your own home even if your health or mobility deteriorates in the future.
Your bathroom is one area where you should take extra care to upgrade for aging in place. Senior adults, after all, are particularly prone to falls, and the toilet may be a dangerous location in this regard. Here are some essential features to consider while remodeling your aging-in-place bathroom. Contact Mission West Kitchen & Bath at (626) 799-3503 for help finding the right options.
A curbless shower not only adds a contemporary aesthetic element to your bathroom, but it also eliminates a potentially deadly trip and fall hazard by allowing you to enter and exit the shower without stepping over a raised edge.
Comfort height toilet
Most toilets are low, making it difficult for elderly individuals to sit or stand on them. A toilet with a comfort height of 17 to 19 inches tall feels more like sitting on a regular chair and is a more accessible alternative. Choose a comfort height toilet with an extended bowl for optimal comfort.
As you become older, standing up while shaving or doing cosmetics at the bathroom vanity might be difficult. A floating vanity allows you to sit while getting ready. It also appears quite trendy and modern, which contributes to the long-term attractiveness of your bathroom renovation.
Because your eyesight may deteriorate as you get older, it’s critical to have good lighting in the bathroom. For overall visibility, you’ll need overhead lighting, as well as task lighting for your mirror and vanity.
Handholds and grab bars
Handholds and grab bars don’t have to be unsightly! With a little thought, you can include these safety elements into your bathroom design in an almost natural way. If you install a rail shower, for example, you may be able to add a bespoke reinforced grasp bar to match the linear form of the shower fixture.
Visit us to see what’s new
Many of the components you’ll need to create a bathroom design that’s both functional and appealing are available at Mission West Kitchen & Bath, including plumbing fixtures, bathroom cabinets, and accessories. Come see our showroom now to receive ideas for your project and to design a bathroom renovation that you will enjoy for years.