Accessible bathroom remodels will save you time and in the long run, money. They solve a number of complications presented by limited mobility and age constraints.
Wheelchair and walker users face unique challenges in the bathroom. Hanging sinks from the wall creates the space needed for a wheelchair user to comfortably use the sink. Wide pathways, doorways, and shower openings reduce difficulty with moving throughout the bathroom. Another challenge is traditionally high and deep bathroom cabinets that make things hard to reach, to solve this issue, we recommend low open shelving for storing bathroom supplies.
In the U.S.A., at age 60+ slip and fall accidents increase in the U.S. To combat this statistic Metropolitan Bath & Tile recommends accessible living modifications during most bathroom remodeling consultations. Walk-in Tubs are a safe alternative to the traditional tub and reduce the chance of falls. Other accessible bathroom remodeling suggestions include grab bars for extra support to assist with standing up and balance, slip-resistant flooring, and barrier-free showers with no sill or obstruction.
The materials and finishes used for an ADA compatible bathroom make all the difference. Easy maintenance surfaces can make a huge difference in the time and effort it takes to clean a bathroom; this is important for hard to clean bathroom appliances like a tub. Additional aging in place modifications include easy on/off sinks, raised toilets, and shower benches.