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BEST BABY BOOMER BATHROOM TIPS

BEST BABY BOOMER BATHROOM TIPS

Safety, Simplicity & Style

Baby boomers are a smart and savvy group who are redefining the idea of aging and retiring. More and more people are opting to stay in their own homes as they age yet they realize that a few adjustments may be needed to make their homes more accessible and easier to live in. The bathroom is an obvious potential danger area, what with slippery floors or shower curbs to trip on. Pasadena contractors report an increasing number of bathroom makeovers for an older demographic.

Comfort and safety become more important as we get older, yet there is no need to sacrifice style and elegance. With good interior design and some careful bathroom planning, home improvements can be made that are practical yet discreet. Let’s face it, none of us want to advertise that we may not be as fit and able as we used to be.

A total bath remodel will give you an opportunity to consider future needs and see how they can be accommodated and blended seamlessly into the bathroom design.

LIGHT IT UP & MAGNIFY IT

It doesn’t matter how much we fight against it, eyesight deteriorates with age. You may want to consider improving the lighting in your bathroom. Ideally you need bright lights at the flick of a switch for function and task lighting to see clearly for daily grooming. Consider installing a magnifying mirror in addition to the main vanity mirror. You can still install dimmers so you can choose softer lighting when you want.  And always use a nightlight.

CHOOSE CONTRASTING COLORS

Contrasting colors for countertops and different areas of the bathroom are a great way to help with diminished depth perception, while adding personality to the room.

NO SLIP UPS

A little water on a shiny, polished surface can turn your floor into a skating rink. Choose the most slip resistant flooring you can find. Look for matte finishes or honed stone. It’ll be safer for little grandchildren as well.

LOVE THE LEVERS

Try and imagine turning smooth, round taps or doorknobs with hands that suffer from arthritis. A simple task can become frustrating if one loses dexterity. Levers are so much simpler to use and there is a vast array of traditional and contemporary styles to choose from.

ABANDON THE TUB

There is always a lot of  discussion as to whether to replace one or all the tubs in a household.  You can read my ideas on the subject in WHO NEEDS A TUB?  The potential for an old person having an accident getting in and out of the bathtub is high. There are tubs on the market that have doors that open on the side, but to me, they really do scream “old people live here”.

You want to make your daily cleansing rituals as simple and enjoyable as possible. Avoid anything that can be tripped on. A large, walk in shower provides easy access even for someone who may be wheelchair bound. The larger the shower, the easier it is to move around. One of the latest bathroom trends is to go doorless. This makes a lot of sense as it makes access very easy and there is one less surface to keep clean.

ADD A SHOWER SEAT

Seats in showers are sensible and safe. Add a handheld shower in addition to the overhead showerhead so you can sit down to wash your hair. The handheld shower can be installed on a slidebar enabling it to be adjusted to any height.

By Jane  Noble