Aging in Place with Grace: The Best Bathroom Updates to Make for Seniors

Understanding Aging in Place

Whether a senior resident is hoping to stay in their current home or move in with family, it’s important they feel secure when they enter the bathroom.

Ideally, remodeling so the master bedroom and bathroom are on the main floor will reduce the need to walk up and down stairs. While planning, use this checklist for universal design elements in bathrooms across the home:

  • Wheelchair-accessible doorways
  • Reinforced walls to support grab bars
  • Zero-threshold showers with fold-down seats and comfort-height toilets

Before beginning the remodel, consider American Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant options. Glacier Bay offers an excellent lineup including grab bars and bathroom faucets, creating greater independence and satisfaction in every home, from condos to houses.

Safer Showers by Design

DreamlineTeakSeatSafer showers don’t need to compromise design, adding a natural-look folding seat in the shower offers a style benefit too. Include a water-saving showerhead that is easy to install without tools and will save residents on water bills long-term. Look for models that feature an adjustable showerhead to accommodate different needs.

Versatile Vanities + Helpful Hardware

Vanities act as a focal point to store toiletries and increase counter space. Glacier Bay vanities, which come fully assembled for a quick install, make this upgrade a breeze.

For aging residents, install higher-seated toilet models for easier access. Glacier Bay’s SuperClean toilet options feature an antimicrobial glaze, keeping the bowl cleaner over time. The Home Depot’s merchants worked with Glacier Bay to include the exclusive QuickConnect Easy Installation System that expedites toilet setup. 

Functional Faucets

FaucetWaterSenseThe Home Depot works directly with manufacturers to create every faucet on store shelves, and most models are exclusive. Consider faucets with lever handles that are easier to operate as residents age or WaterSense-certified faucets, which use less water and perform as well as or better than regular models.

Aside from end-user benefits, remodelers will enjoy innovations that simplify installation including the ClickInstall® drain assembly system as a simple solution for contractors installing bath faucets, which The Home Depot also worked with Glacier Bay to create. It features joints that click into place, installing the drain in seconds with no placement errors.

As Boomer homeowners age, remodelers can help meet their needs with special features in the bathroom to ensure the space is safe, accessible and comfortable.

 

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