The most important factor of doing small bathroom renovations for the elderly is to create a space that is safe, comfortable and meets the needs of the person who will be using the space. If the person is in a wheelchair, you may need to widen the doors and clear the floor space. If the toilet is too low, replace it with a higher, more comfortable one that has easy access from the wheelchair. Small bathrooms that do not have to meet wheelchair needs can be easily renovated to suit the needs of an elderly person by adding safetybars for the bathtub and installing non-slip flooring.
Safety bars and flooring are a fairly easy small bathroom renovation, but both features will create a safer, more comfortable space. Safety bars are perhaps one of the most important features of a bathroom designed for the elderly. Safety bars are available in either permanent or portable styles and should be installed at a comfortable level on the shower wall. Flooring should be replaced with non-slip tiles or a low nap carpet. If replacing the flooring is not in the budget, there are products you can buy that are applied directly over the existing tile to create a non-slip floor. If floor mats are used, make sure the mat is non-slip.
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