What bathroom design is best for seniors?
The dimensions of the bathroom must suit the needs (and potential requirements) of seniors in your life. Start with the door. It should be at least 34 inches wide for a wheelchair to pass. Install levers instead of doorknobs, and a sliding door can also be a chic and convenient alternative to a conventional door. If possible, follow the Americans with Disabilities Act terms of 5-foot turning space. Electric wheelchairs turn easier, so you can sometimes work with less than a 5-foot turning space.
A zero-threshold shower has no curb meaning that a wheelchair or walker can slide into the space. A zero-threshold shower doesn’t always need a door. You can also have trench drains placed around the shower borders to hold water inside the shower area. You can also install a built-in seat for easier showering or get a portable bath chair.
Consider installing a detachable hand-held showerhead to make things easier. Install it at a height that can be easily reached sitting in a wheelchair. It’s an excellent idea to protect your beloved from burns by installing a thermostatic mixing valve. This will blend hot water with cold to ensure constant, safe shower and bath outlet temperatures, preventing scalding. It is also safe to limit the temperature to 120 degrees.
A walk-in tub enables seniors to bathe safely. They can easily step into the tub and then fill and empty it before quickly stepping out. There’s no need to climb over the edge of the tub.