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Universal Design Ideas for Bathroom Updates

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

As we age, the importance of living in a safe and comfortable home becomes increasingly evident. For many seniors, the bathroom can be a challenging and potentially hazardous place. However, with the right design features, a bathroom can be a space that promotes independence and safety. Universal design, which aims to create spaces that are accessible to people of all ages and abilities, offers numerous benefits for aging in place. Here are some universal design ideas to keep in mind if you're thinking about remodeling your bathroom. These choices can help make your home a more comfortable and secure place to live as you age.

  1. Install grab bars in the bathroom: Installing grab bars in the shower, bathtub, and near the toilet can help prevent falls and provide support when getting up or down.

  2. Improve lighting: Adequate lighting can help prevent falls and make it easier to see. Consider adding more lighting fixtures or increasing the wattage of existing bulbs.

  3. Install non-slip flooring: Slip-resistant flooring can help prevent falls and make it easier to navigate around the house. There are many options available, including slip-resistant tiles and rubber flooring.

  4. Replace doorknobs with lever handles: Lever handles are easier to operate than traditional doorknobs, especially for those with arthritis or other mobility issues.

  5. Consider a stepless entry: If possible, consider eliminating steps or adding a ramp to the entryway to make it easier to enter and exit the house.

  6. Install a stair lift: If you have stairs in your home, consider installing a stair lift to make it easier to navigate between floors.

  7. Create a bedroom and full bathroom on the main floor: This will allow you to avoid using stairs if you have mobility issues in the future.

  8. Install a walk-in bathtub or shower: A walk-in bathtub or shower with a seat can make bathing safer and easier.

  9. Consider widening doorways: Widening doorways can make it easier to navigate through the home with mobility aids, such as a walker or wheelchair.

  10. Install a home security system: A home security system with emergency response features can provide peace of mind and ensure help is available quickly in case of an emergency.

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Are you ready to update your bathroom for aging in place but don't know where to start? I'm here to help! Contact me today and I'll connect you with a reliable handyman or contractor who specializes in universal design and accessibility. Don't wait any longer to make your bathroom safer and more functional for years to come. Let's get started today!


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