No matter how or when you decide to renovate your restroom, having a first-floor accessible space that doesn’t require assistance is one of the most important aspects of staying in your home. As we age, the main concern is being able to use seating throughout your bathroom in order to use it without assistance.
Seats, stools, benches and elevators can make a huge difference in your ability to use the restroom on your own. Here are some things you should consider when looking into adapting your restroom as you age. Click the image of any of the products to shop:
When it comes to shower benches, there are many different options to choose from depending on the specific level of assistance you require. Medical-grade devices provide maximum support, but if you don’t require as much assistance, there are some more stylish options for bathroom seating.
Moen Fold-Down Shower Seat
Unfortunately, many of the more aesthetically appealing seating options for showers are only available for already-curbless showers. Shower benches and seating can be bulky, and if you don’t require maximum assistance the devices can be quite cumbersome. The Moen fold-down shower seat is a great solution for seniors who require shower assistance. Many shower benches that are available currently are far too low (18″-20″). A shower bench that screws into the wall has the benefit of being customizable to the users’ height. Use this in conjunction with grab bars for maximum safety.
DMI Sliding Transfer Bench
A great option for those with a curved shower, this bench has a seat that moves horizontally, making it much easier to transfer in and out of the tub without slipping. The bench features a grab bar and non-slip textured plastic to reduce slipping.
Dr. MJ Wood Bath Shower Seat
This shower seat is a great option. It’s adjustable height, handles, and rubber bottom make it the perfect solution for seniors looking for minimal support with their seating. It’s also made of wood, as opposed to hard white plastic.
Changing the toilet in your restroom is a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing way to improve the accessibility of your space without sacrificing aesthetics. When shopping, look for toilets with seats that are 30″ high. Here are our top picks:
American Standard Sonoma Chair-Height Elongated Bowl Toilet
The sleek and compact seat will leave enough room on either side for additional support items if necessary, and at 31.5″, is one of the higher seating options on the market.
St. Tropez Dual Flush Elongated One-Piece Toilet
Aesthetically pleasing and contemporary, this 31″ seat is a great option for an architectural home, and is still narrow enough to permit for other assistance devices.
Highline Comfort Height Two-Piece Elongated 1.6 GPF Toilet
The Highline comfort seat has an elongated bowl, giving this option its 31.5″ height. With its slim base, this toilet is ideal for smaller spaces or for seniors that require additional assistance mechanisms.
If you’re looking to do a more intensive renovation in your home, click here for the full IA Checklist.