Whether you live with limited mobility or you’re looking for ways to help an aging loved one remain in their home safely, accessibility in your bathroom is an important factor to consider. Fortunately, there are several ways to increase the accessibility of your bathroom without major remodeling services, and if you’re looking for a big change, remodeling for accessibility can be affordable and convenient. Below, find three ways you can improve accessibility in your bathroom without spending a fortune.
Choose Good Lighting
Every homeowner knows that good lighting in a bathroom is important, but this becomes even more important in a handicapped bathroom. Without proper lighting, the risk of slip and fall injuries may increase, so you need to make sure there is adequate lighting and that the controls can be operated by someone in a wheelchair. Consider switching out fixtures that require pinching for toggles or push buttons, as these are easier on aching joints.
Update Your Shower
Unless you’ve been considering a complete shower remodel and you’re ready to make the commitment, you don’t have to overhaul your shower to make it more accessible. Install grab bars near the entrance to add stability and consider finding a plastic seat or small stool to allow for seated bathing. If you plan on bathing while seated, it’s also a good idea to invest in a handheld showerhead with a hose length of at least 60 inches.
If you are ready to renovate your shower, ask your contractor about built-in seating and benches to make showering more comfortable. You may also want to consider walk-in showers to make your bathroom even more accessible.
Add a Walk-In Tub
Walk-in tubs are an ideal way to add not only accessibility, but also luxury to your bathroom. With slip-resistant flooring,convenient grab bars, and comfortable seating, a walk-in tub allows people with any physical impairment to bathe in a safe, relaxing atmosphere.
Interested in learning more about making your bathroom more accessible? Choose one of the leading bathroom remodeling companies, Dream Baths by Bee, and let our professionals help you enjoy an affordable and convenient bathroom makeover. Call today to learn more about our accessibility options and to get started on your remodel.