As baby boomers near the golden age of retirement, many homeowners are deciding to remain in their homes longer. Thus, homes need to have features that are accessible and adaptable, with effective storage solutions. At Weinstein Bath and Kitchen Showroom in Collegeville, we offer many ADA-compliant products from Kohler and other manufacturers. Look for products displaying the ADA logo.
Universal design is the concept of using design elements to add function to the space that is easily used across all age and ability groups. Using universal design elements throughout the home provides many benefits, including:
- Reduced need for additional remodeling to accommodate limited mobility
- Greater independence for the elderly and children
- Wider buyer appeal when selling the home
- Increased home value
Consider the following five things to help ensure continued independence in your home.
Anticipate Your Future Needs
When designing your bathroom project, you should include features or accessories that will fulfill a current need and an anticipated need. Grab bars, for example, can double as tub towel or wash cloth storage while providing that little extra assistance when mobility decreases with age.
Adaptability is Key
Bathroom features that can be adapted for easier use without a lot of effort will save you time, money, and frustration. Depending on your anticipated needs, some adaptable options include:
- A curbless handheld shower stall with built in bench/shelves
- Floating sinks or customized vanities for clear wheelchair access
- Adjustable height mirror and cabinets
Accessibility As You Age
A common concern amongst aging boomers is accessibility throughout the home. However, a walk-in tub provides a complete bathing experience without the risk of injury from slipping.
Even small bathroom storage solutions should be designed with accessibility in mind. Vertical shelving is a popular option for small spaces; however, older homeowners may find reaching upper shelves difficult.
Styled with Purpose
Nearly every aspect of the bathroom, from vanity colors to flooring material, can affect the space’s universal appeal. To remain comfortable in your bathroom as you age consider a textured floor to reduce slipping, and contrasting colors around key areas for clear visibility. Kohler offers bathroom faucets, sinks, toilets, shower stalls, and shower accessories that will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act when installed per the requirements of the Accessibility Guidelines.
For more ideas regarding bathroom designs to age with, please contact the experts at Weinstein Bath & Kitchen Showroom today or stop by their showroom in the Collegeville, PA area to see great small bathroom storage solutions for your needs.