Bathrooms for Elderly
While most people take the bathroom area for granted, it can be the most uncomfortable space for the elderly if not designed properly. A good bathroom designer and contractor would be one who understands how to use the widely available accessories for the comfort of the elderly and disabled while still manage to not make anything look out of place. LJT Bathrooms use their expertise to create bathrooms for the elderly in both a functional and aesthetic manner. Some of the common ways to get the job done are a good investment to help the elderly reside in their own homes:
- Older shower/baths take away the independence and convenience that older Australians desire in their bathroom facilities. A walk-in shower with a hand held shower is seen as the safest addition to bathrooms designed for the elderly and disabled. Adding a frameless shower screen panel with safety glass would add a modern look to your private retreat. If you have the luxury of space, it is also possible that you could retain your old bath and have a walk in shower in another area of the bathroom.
- Some of the most important safety features and a must-have for aged care are non-slip tiles, hand rails for shower and toilet, easy access cabinets, shower seats and easy turning taps. With an aging population, many of whom find it difficult to co-ordinate their movements, taps that can be turned on easily are essential. Can you turn your taps on and off easily and do you have trouble with arthritis? Reaching for towels and toiletries in hard-to-reach places can cause discomfort to the aged. Balancing in this critical area for the elderly and having grab rails while walking back from the shower and after using the toilet are not are a viable option. Having seats for shower will help bring down the common danger of slipping in the shower.
- Often our design consultants are questioned about creating safety when there is limited space. If you are short of space, wall hung basins are a great tool. Space for storage can be created with overhead cupboards.
- This is just a small part of what our experience and expertise brings to the design table. Having created many award winning bathrooms, we understand what our elderly and disabled clients need. Call us to discuss you needs.