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Bathroom Design Tips for Aging-In-Place

June 23, 2015

As homeowners approach their retirement years, Aging In Place is bound to become a topic of conversation. If you are looking at remodeling your bathroom, you may want to consider the longevity of the design. The designers at Hatchett Design Remodel have a few tips on how to create a universally friendly bathroom that will accommodate your ever-changing needs and allow you to Age In Place.

Universal Shower

A universal shower should have no threshold which prevents accidental tripping and allows easy wheelchair access if needed. If space permits, make the entrance to the shower at least 36 inches wide and doorless. You should install a bench seat and grab bars inside the shower for added convenience and safety. Grab bars are functional by design, but they are getting notably more attractive as the demand increases.

There are non-slip tile alternatives for additional safety. We also recommend multiple shower heads, including a handheld shower head.

Hamilton Master Bathroom - After - Shower head, small window, shower seat, and brushed nickel accents
Hunting Bathroom
This universally designed bathroom is accessible and user-friendly regardless of age or physical capabilities.
Hamilton Master Bathroom - After - Shower head, small window, shower seat, and brushed nickel accents
Hunting Bathroom
Hamilton Master Bathroom - After - View of Vanity and toilet from inside the shower
CALLAHAN HALF BATH COMPLETE wall paper wall hung sink Duravit WE moen voss single lever faucet chrome client supplied wall paper oval mirror gray paint
ZIZZO HALF BATH COMPLETE kohler highline toilet comfort height elongate bowl 2 piece toilet

Universal Sink

The best options for a universal sink include a floating wall-mounted vanity that allows a wheelchair to roll underneath, custom cabinetry designed for wheelchair access, or a pedestal sink.

When installing the sink into a vanity, be sure to position it as close to the front edge of the countertop as possible in order to make it easy to reach the faucet. Choose faucets with lever handles that are easier to grip, a SmartTouch faucet that turns on and off by simply tapping any part of the fixture, or go touchless with a motion sensor that activates the faucet.

Universal Toilet

Comfort-height seats are about 18 to 19 inches from the floor which makes them easier for an older person to use. Be sure to leave at least 18 inches on either side of the toilet from walls, doors, showers, or vanities to allow ample room for accessibility.

 

Universal Doorways

The entrance to your bathroom and even your walk-in closets should be at least 36 inches wide. Be sure to change round doorknobs to lever designs. And for overall maneuverability, the bathroom should be designed with a minimum of 60-inch turning radius.

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Hunting Bathroom

There are countless options in creating a universal bathroom that is as beautiful as it is functional. For advice on how to create your ideal space for Aging In Place, contact the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists at Hatchett Design Remodel.

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