Making modifications to a bathroom to accommodate the needs of the elderly or disabled can be much simpler than you think. There are a great many benefits to modifying your bathroom, whether you are simply downsizing and preparing to make your home more accessible for the future, or you require an immediate renovation. In particular, a bathroom can be a dangerous environment for an elderly or disabled person; there are many slippery surfaces, and most normal bathtubs or showers require you to step in or out of them, often causing slips and falls. Some simple modifications include grab bars for getting in and out of the bath/shower, and anti-slip flooring and rugs.
If more serious modifications are needed, roll-in showers and walk-in tubs provide access for the wheelchair-bound and those who need more assistance. A roll-in shower is a shower with a flexible low threshold that allows a wheelchair to roll in and out of the shower with ease. It may be equipped with grab bars or shower seats, and a flexible rubber stopper will keep the water contained in the shower. A walk-in tub is a bathtub with a door that allows the user to walk rather than step into a bathtub, eliminating many potential falls. Like a roll-in shower, it may also be equipped with grab bars and non-slip surfaces. Here are just 5 of the many benefits provided by bathroom modifications for the elderly or disabled: