Bathrooms can be very complicated and expensive rooms to renovate, which is why we are often hesitant to make any major changes at home. Yet, when elderly or disabled people are involved, changes are often inevitable, making affording them a vital concern.
Accessible Washing Facilities
The name sake of the bathroom is the bath, so you should utilise a more accessible bath or shower when adapting your bathroom for the elderly. Walk in bath and shower facilities are readily available with prices far from extortionate.
There are a wide range of sizes and designs available, ensuring you can find something that suits your specific needs and tastes. A smaller bath will allow you to make use of the space you have (remember that you need plenty of open floorspace outside the bath to get in and out of it) and is also likely to be cheaper than a larger model.
For those wondering why you need these baths over standard models, there are a few basic differences you should be aware of. A lower tray in the case of showers and a wide door in the case of baths may not seem like big differences but can have a profound impact on the comfort and safety of elderly individuals using the facilities.
This makes them an important investment and, as you generally won’t need any specific training or knowledge to install them, adding them to your home shouldn’t cost a fortune.
Of course, once you have your new bath and shower, you’ll need to maintain it and keep it clean. Fortunately, these facilities are made of easy to clean materials so you won’t have to waste money on expensive cleaning supplies. Remember to stick to a regular cleaning regime to ensure your investment lasts as long as possible.
If you have any fixtures, such as cabinets and mirrors, in your bathroom them it may be necessary to make them more accessible for elderly users. Thankfully, this is another change which is relatively cheap to implement as most accessories and units can be repositioned yourself.
Simply mark where you need to move accessories and units to and then carefully remove them from their current position. Fill any holes they have left in the wall to give yourself a clean surface to work on and then mark where the new position for your accessories.
Fixing the item in their new position can then be completed with the use of common house tools, so you shouldn’t need to spend money on any expensive gadgets. Make sure you research the correct way to affix items to the wall and ensure items are secure and unlikely to fall.