4 tips to reduce bathrroom barriers
Are you considering a bathroom remodel that takes into account the special needs of an elderly, disabled or plus-sized person? Here are some ways to create fewer obstacles in your bathroom:
- Consider the "visitability" factor. Will it be accessible to everyone who comes into your home? Incorporating "universal design" concepts can help make your bathroom barrier-free.
- If you're settled in the house of your dreams, think ahead. Install reinforced blocking in your bathroom walls to allow for easy mounting of grab bars even if you don't need them yet.
- Choose fixtures that someone with limited mobility, flexibility and reach could use. Many companies now make toilets and sinks that meet Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Lever bath handles, large drawer pulls and handheld showerheads are easy-to-find alternatives.
- Consider hiring a specialist to help. Find one on Angie's List by doing a keyword search for "Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist" on the My Angie page