Don't make the common mistake of remodeling or designing your home's bathroom with only the present in mind; your family's needs could change, or you may take on a caregiver role for a relative. It makes most sense to design bathrooms that embrace aspects to make your space not only stylish, but accessible and safe, too.
Keep the following elements in mind when designing and remodeling your bathroom:
Try to configure appliances and fixtures to result in the largest floor space possible. This will allow for easier maneuvering of wheelchairs or walkers, and makes it possible for any user a clear path to the various areas of the bathroom. Opening up the floor space allows for bathing children or pets, while also making the space more accessible to anyone with a mobility issue or physical limitation.
Flood the room with light, and use both ambient and task lighting to accommodate all of the things that you do in this space. Shadows and dim lighting can result in accidents or injuries, and this is an instance where more is best. Keep light switches or dimmers in easy-reach and clearly marked.
Wider doorways are a practical option when redesigning or remodeling your bathroom, and this permits people in wheelchairs or with walkers to come and go freely. Keep the saddles and sills around the doorways flush to the floor to avoid anyone tripping or stubbing their toe.
There are some contemporary, stylish fixtures that are adapted to the needs of those with physical limitations or disabilities. These don't have to look bulky or boxy, and manufacturers offer impressive selections of toilets, sinks, and shower enclosures in a wide range of colors and styles. Even something as simple as raising the height of the toilet a couple inches can make a big deal for someone who has issues getting up or down, as will choosing showers that offer grip bars and low thresholds.
For the most convenient faucets and taps, choose larger handled variations that are easier for hands to turn on or off. Some taps offer colored handles that can help younger users or those with limited vision. This could help eliminate the risk of being accidentally burned.
Designing the bathroom with future needs in mind makes sense and could save money in the long-run and save costly modifications or adaptive equipment. Keep your home's bathroom accessible and safe for your family now, and well into the future, too.