As we age, our needs when it comes to our homes can change. One of the most critical areas this happens in is the bathroom – and specifically the wet area. A tub-to-shower conversion is key for the long-term usability of the space. A well-designed shower can dramatically upgrade an elderly person’s standard of living. That said, we have put together a few tips in order to design a fantastic walk-in shower for a senior citizen looking to age in place.
Consider Your Timeline
Hopefully, this is a project you are considering for some time in the future so there is plenty of time to plan. However, often a change in life circumstances can force your hand when it comes to how long you can wait to do this update. That said if you need to install a walk-in shower for a senior as soon as possible, consider an acrylic shower system rather than tile.
An acrylic shower system is the most durable material currently in production. Acrylic is easy to clean, and mold-proof. No grout means there is no mildew, and the wall behind is well protected. Furthermore, acrylic is scratch and stain-resistant. In addition, many acrylic systems come with a lifetime warranty. The walls and base of a four-piece acrylic system are joined with a waterproof silicone adhesive. However, be aware that acrylic is not the same as fiberglass, which looks cheap and flimsy in comparison.
Think About the Threshold
The threshold is how high the step up into the shower is. The standard size for most walk-in showers is 4.5 inches. While that may not seem like much of a step up, it can be difficult for a person with limited mobility to scale. Although it is pricer, a barrier-free shower is also an option. The threshold is non-existent so that a wheelchair or walker can go inside. The shower base is sloped so that water doesn’t slosh out into the rest of the bathroom.
Added Safety Features
Aside from making it easier to get in, there are multiple other safety features you can consider adding to the tub-to-shower conversion. In addition, grab bars are essential. Anti-slip surfaces and a bench are also nice to have features if space allows. Choose a hand-held shower head to make washing up even easier.
Designing a walk-in shower for a senior is a great way to make the future easier for you or your loved one. Swapping out the tub for a shower will help make personal care easier for a longer time and encourage some independence. For an affordable option, consider a four-piece acrylic system. Acrylic will cut down on cleaning and are very durable. Consider the threshold, and if you can get away with a standard shower remodel or need a barrier-free option. Take a look at key safety features, such as grab bars and anti-slip surfaces.
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