Although some of these can really only be implemented when designing a new bathroom from scratch or during a major remodel, others are simple changes that anyone can do to create a safer bathroom environment. All of these measures together will give you the peace of mind to live in your own home safely for as long as you can.
🔲 Is the room arranged safely and conveniently?
Is it easy to maneuver around the room, or are you squeezing between the toilet and the vanity to brush your teeth?
🔲 Do cupboard doors open easily?
Make sure you have the right vanity for your bathroom. If there is not a lot of room for doors, consider a vanity with open shelving for easy access.
🔲 Is the countertop the right height?
Protect your back from strain with a taller bathroom vanity.
🔲 Is there a place for you to sit down in the shower?
Lightheadedness in a slippery shower can be incredibly dangerous. Having a place to sit down is very important.
🔲 Is your toilet rated ADA Compliant?
A tall “comfort height” toilet (17″ or taller) is much easier to get on and off. It also puts less stress on your knees and back.
🔲 Are the faucets easy to use?
Single handle post-mount faucets are the most ergonomically designed. Instead of adjusting both the hot and cold valves, one handle does it all. There is also no need to twist the handle – simply adjust and lift the lever from your wrist if needed.
🔲 Do you have a thermostatic valve in your shower to prevent burns?
Thermostatic shower valves are the best way to regulate your shower temperature. Simply set the temperature valve to your desired temperature and use the other handle to turn on the water. This way, the temperature will be the same each time you get in the shower.
🔲 Do you have a handheld shower head?
Reduce strain from bending to rinse soap suds from your body. A handheld shower head can help you reach all the places you need with ease. Plus, it makes cleaning the shower a breeze!
🔲 Can you easily get in and out of the tub or shower?
Stepping into a tall bathtub can be treacherous for even the most able-bodied people. With a walk-in shower, it is much safer to get in and out.
🔲 Are there grab bars installed?
Strategically install grab bars throughout the bathroom. Some great places are horizontally in the shower, vertically just outside of the shower, and near the toilet.
🔲 Do you have a functional bath fan?
Excess moisture can lead to slippery floors as well as mold and mildew.
🔲 Do you have a night light for midnight bathroom visits?
Your eyes take time to adjust to bright overhead lights. A simple night light will do the trick to allow you to venture to the bathroom in safety.
🔲 Are your bathroom rugs secure?
80 percent of falls occur in the bathroom. Tripping on bathroom rugs is incredibly dangerous and contributes to a large number of these falls. Make sure your rugs have a no-slip grip to the bottom of them or find a sturdy mat that won’t easily move.
🔲 Could the bathroom accommodate a walker or a wheelchair?
It’s never too early to plan for the future. If you are designing a new bathroom, why wouldn’t you make sure all abilities can use it equally? Even for short-term injuries that may require assistance, you will be grateful for a spacious layout.