Those who plan to continue living in their current home during their retirement years often want to make changes that will improve their comfort or safety level during that period of life. Because of this, many soon-to-be retirees choose to put bathroom remodeling at the top of their list of desired changes to make in their home. In most homes, these changes will need to include more than just updated fixtures and upgraded surfaces.
If you are currently planning a bathroom remodeling project and would like it to address your future needs during retirement, here are some tips you may wish to incorporate into your design.
Adding safety and comfort to the shower
If the current shower in your bathroom is small or one of those one-piece units that combine a tub and shower into one enclosure, a redesigned shower should be a priority for your remodeling project. In bathrooms that have a tub but no shower, homeowners may want to consider removing the tub and replacing it with a large shower stall.
When making upgrades to an existing shower or adding one when none currently exists, these suggestions can make bathing safer and more comfortable during the retirement years:
- installing a barrier-free shower entrance that will not interfere with the use of walkers, wheelchairs, or mobility devices
- adding a bench and grab bars inside the shower for added comfort and safety
- using faucet control levers, instead of difficult-to-grasp knobs, and installing them near the entry of the shower so that the water temperature can be adjusted before entering
- adding lighting to eliminate shadows and a call button to summon assistance if needed
Non-slip flooring should also be considered to improve traction for both the shower area and the entire bathroom.
Adding comfort features throughout the room
Growing older often means experiencing poor circulation and other health issues that can make the tile and hard surfaces of the average bathroom feel cold and uncomfortable. A good way to offset these problems is to incorporate some features that will add warmth and comfort to the area, including:
- in-floor radiant heat to add warmth to hard surface floors
- heated bars to warm bath towels
- a soft-surface, padded bench or seat to use when dressing and undressing
To learn more about changes and features that will improve your current bathroom and make it safer and more comfortable in your retirement years, contact a bathroom remodeling contractor in your area.