Seniorizing a Bathroom

Attention baby boomers! So what if you’re growing older (they’re going to be twice as many of you over 65 by the year 2030)? You’re also growing wiser and so should your home. It’s time to create a smart-aging home that is safer and more accessible to you or an aging parent. Start with some simple modifications where most accidents happen -- the bathroom:

A SAFER SHOWER

  • Install a hand-held showerhead with non-slip handle from bedbathandbeyond.com for easy bathing.
  • Forget about "hospital white" grab bars, install stylish ones in every color, including brass, inside and outside the shower from lifehome.com.
  • Don’t slip in the tub. Make sure to use a rubber mat inside and outside the shower from crateandbarrel.com.
  • Take a shower sitting down in style and safety with a shower bench from goldviolin.com in peacock blue.
  • For soap and shampoo at your fingertips, hang an automatic soap dispenser from stacksandstacks.com right above the faucet.

TENDING TO THE TOILET

  • Buy a plastic seat that adds up to five inches in height and can be easily attached to your existing toilet seat. Lifehome.com has an elevated seat with grab handles for easy lifting.
  • Install a grab bar from lifehome.com near the toilet for extra support.

Go to page 2 for more bathroom tips.



OTHER BATHROOM TIPS

  • Forget about leaning down to read the scale, maxiaids.com has one that actually talks to you…and it doesn’t lie.
  • Keep a vanity mirror near by that magnifies and illuminates from bedbathandbeyond.com. Keep your pills organized and tidy in a stylish Trigere Red European Pillcase or Crimson Bee Pillcase both from goldviolin.com.
  • Keep a phone in the bathroom for any emergency.
  • Re-hinge the bathroom door to open out toward the hall, rather than into the bathroom. If anyone should fall against the door, an easy rescue is possible.
  • Replace older two-handle faucets with easy-to-use single-lever faucets.
  • Use large rocker light switches that turn on with a simple push.
  • Install warm, white florescent lighting, which are better for aging eyes.
  • Keep towels and accessories bright and colorful for easier visibility and contrast.
  • Hang a magnifying glass (ours is from goldviolin.com) near the medicine cabinet to read prescriptions.
  • Keep a night light on in the bathroom. Goldviolin.com has one that does double duty as a flashlight.
  • Install easy-to-open single-lever doorknobs on bathroom doors or use a doorknob extension lever from goldviolin.com.

For more safety tips, go to aarp.org or elderdesign.com.

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