What makes a bathroom accessible for seniors?
1. Install lever faucets.
By installing a single-handle faucet, you get rid of the twisting and turning that can be hard for the elderly. There are hundreds of different faucets to choose from, and some of them are foot-operated. Installing a new faucet isn’t as challenging as before, but it’s good to talk with a professional anytime you’re dealing with plumbing before making the change yourself.
2. Arrange a sprayer attachment for your shower head.
A detachable shower head that you can hold in your hand makes bathing easier. You no longer need to stand while showering, which is a bonus for those who have difficulties standing for long periods. Sitting while taking a shower also brings more independence for the seniors.
3. Install grab bars and rails.
This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make your bathroom elderly-friendly. Installing grab bars and rails in the shower, bathtub, and toilet makes things easier for older adults and caregivers. You can install these, or you can hire someone to do the work.
4. Raise the height of the toilet.
Raising the toilet’s height to only three inches can make a big difference for elders. There are a lot of options to achieve this. You can quickly raise the size of your current toilet with a thick toilet seat, or you can replace it with a “Comfort Height” toilet. You can also call a plumber.
5. Thick rugs for cushioning.
This simple addition to the bathroom is for caregivers who spend time bathing someone on their knees. Putting a well-padded rug or pillow under your knees can keep them from hurting, making the bathing process less of a burden.