You’ll quickly notice a trend as we run through these various senior-friendly bathrooms remodels – and that’s accommodating for the proper dimensions and space needed for safe navigation via a wheelchair or walker. Even the doorway into the bathroom itself needs to be wide enough. The shower is no different.
Unfortunately, most showers are designed to be more compact with a curb at the bottom of the entryway. This curb creates a very dangerous falling risk for seniors. If your elderly loved one cannot lift their leg high enough, their foot will catch on that curb and cause them to fall. Falls for seniors can be medically devastating.
Additionally, if your elderly loved one utilizes a wheelchair or walker to move around, they will be entirely unable to enter the shower safely without direct assistance. This is an unnecessary difficulty that can be easily fixed.
This is why you should consider a curbless walk-in shower for your senior-friendly bathroom remodel. Curbless showers offer accessibility for seniors of any mobility level – whether they are in wheelchairs, walkers, or still walking. Curbless showers remove one of the greatest falling risks in your home.
Our specialists at the USA Cabinet Store will help you find the perfect curbless shower to accommodate your senior loved ones. We even offer free design quotes for senior-friendly bathroom remodels – so contact us today to get a better understanding of the costs associated with moving to a curbless shower.
One last consideration must be made before deciding on which shower to implement in your senior-friendly remodel: the size and dimensions. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires certain dimensions for a safe home. The requirement is a 5-foot turning radius for wheelchair users.
To create a senior-friendly shower, you will want to ensure that the entryway door is at least 5-feet wide. Additionally, it is a good idea to implement those dimensions inside the shower as well. In fact, we would even recommend getting a wider shower than that to make room for supporting shower accessories.
Let’s look at some of the shower accessories that can help create a more senior-friendly shower.
WALL SUPPORTS FOR SENIORS
When you begin planning for your senior-friendly bathroom remodel, you’ll want to make sure that a wall support is included in the shower. Grab bars offer superior support for elderly people with unsteady balance.
We recommend implementing several grab bars throughout the bathroom – with at least one inside the shower itself. However, to provide the safest showering experience, we fully recommend installing grab bars on all three shower walls, if possible.
SHOWER SEATS FOR SENIORS
A shower seat is an absolute necessity for a senior-friendly bathroom remodel. Traditional showers are usually designed for stand-up washing. However, we know that elderly people are notoriously unsteady on their feet. When you include running water, slippery surfaces, and steam, you have a recipe for disaster.
Include a shower seat to provide your elderly loved one with a stable resting place to wash without the fear of slipping and falling.
ADJUSTABLE SHOWER HEADS FOR SENIORS
You’ll also want to include an adjustable shower head in your senior-friendly shower remodel. Stationary shower heads only expel water in a particular direction from above. This makes washing your body very difficult when you are sitting down.
To accommodate for this difficulty, an adjustable shower head is a necessity. It will allow your elderly loved one to sit securely on their shower seat and wash their body thoroughly without having to move around.
NON-SLIP SHOWER MATS FOR SENIORS
Lastly, we recommend including a non-slip mat made for the shower. This will provide a sturdy, grippable foundation for your elderly loved one to navigate on while inside the shower. This is a very cheap DIY accessibility addition to any senior-friendly bathroom remodel.