Senior Living: What to Remember When Designing Your Bathroom
When designing for Senior living or Aging in Place, the details mean everything. Things we may not think of in our earlier years can make the difference in whether a senior is living comfortably and safely in their own home or in a Senior Community.
In order to assure that the design is focused on safety, comfort and convenience, remember to review the check list below!
- 36-inch-wide door for easy access, or pocket door
- Rocker-style light switches, 42 inches off the floor
- Lever handle, anti-scald faucets on sink, bathtub, and shower
- No threshold walk-in or roll-in shower with minimum dimensions 5 feet by 3 feet (4 feet preferred)
- Hand-held, adjustable-height showerhead with easily operable controls
- Maneuvering space that accommodates a 60-inch turning radius
- Toilet centered 18 inches from any side wall, tub, or cabinet
- Toilet seat 17 to 19 inches off floor for older persons, lower for children
- Grab bars or wall-blocking for future installation in tub, shower and near toilet
- Knee space under sink for seated users
- Easy-glide drawers that close automatically
- Countertops with rounded edges
- Bright, non-glare lighting
- Reduced-slip tile or non-skid floor
- D-shaped or pull-style cabinet and drawer handles
- Full-length and/or tilted mirror that can be used seated or standing
- Towel bars, soap and toothbrush holders 48 inches off floor
- Sink bowl mounted close to front edge of vanity for easier use while seated
- Integral transfer seat in tub and built-in bench or shower chair in shower
- Electrical outlets 18 inches off the floor
These simple design elements can be life changing for our senior community. Giving them the tools to live an independent life, safely and securely, is our number one priority!
* For more tip on Senior Living and Aging in Place Design, check out Design Alternatives Inc. Other blog posts!