The bathroom is one of the most frequently used, and most dangerous rooms in every home. And while making bathroom renovations are highly desired, but many homeowners put it off due to the perceived cost. Fortunately, updating the bathroom for safety and comfort can be easy and affordable.
Try these ideas for updating a bathroom for an elderly family member to make them feel secure:
1. Add More Lights
Dark corners and shadows can lead to falls and make a bathroom feel small. Replace incandescent bulbs with brighter LED lights, and add task lighting to specific areas where someone will be spending time getting ready in the bathroom.
Replacing a faucet is one of the most affordable ways to refresh the look of the bathroom. Make sure knobs are easily turned or use accommodating knobs for arthritic hands. Scald guards are a good idea in the shower or bath to prevent burns.
It's amazing how a splash of color can transform a room. Choose a Mold- and mildew-resistant paint appropriate for the bathroom environment. And remember to look up and tackle the ceiling, too. A freshly painted ceiling can transform a dingy bathroom overnight!
Consider adaptive handles, or a taller toilet to make it easier to get up and down. Check the inner workings of the tank to reduce leaks, water waste, and increase efficiency. Make sure the handle is easy to use and the seat system provides a secure fit. New toilet seats have a slow moving hinge to prevent the “slam” of dropping the lid too quickly
5. Towel Bars and Other Hardware
Update the hardware to freshen up the look and increase safety. Replace the knobs and handles on the vanity. Get a new shower rod and curtain. Replace the towel rack with a sturdy grab bar mounted directly into the studs of the wall.
Install grab bars in the shower, place non-slip mats on the floor, and install a handheld shower head. Shower-seats are also an affordable safety item that can make the shower more enjoyable and safe to use.
7. Install an emergency button
Medical Care Alert provides wall mounted emergency response buttons that allow you to get help if you should fall in the shower and need help. Place one in the shower, and one by the toilet for complete coverage.
Preventing falls in the bathroom is critical – see our infographic for all the “hot spots” in your bathroom and how to fix them.
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