When it comes to planning a new bathroom there are so many things to consider such as lay out, style, costs, colour scheme, and yet one thing often goes missed – making your bathroom accessible for all. I am sharing my top three reasons to make your bathroom accessible –
Allow easy access for those with mobility difficulties
Although you or your family may not have mobility difficulties, visitors to your home may well have and having an easy accessible bathroom is a real bonus. I would feel dreadful should someone visit our home and be unable to use our facilities, and so having an accessible bathroom offers inclusiveness for all.
Future proof your home
None of us know what the future will hold and in years to come, perhaps in old age, we may be affected with mobility difficulties and be unable to use a regular bathroom. One way to do this, to avoid any necessary drastic changes to your bathroom design, is to install a wet room so that in time grab rails can be added or low level shower seating.
Promote independence amongst those with visual impairments
Although we are fortunate to have full use of our sight, you never know what may happen in time. Many of my relatives have lost their eye sight partially, or fully, in their later years and I think planning ahead is important. Using contrasting colours on the floor and wall to distinguish the shower area can promote independence, whilst some types of flooring can be joined together to define different areas, such as one for the shower area, another for the toilet, and a third for the sink.
There are many more ways to make your bathroom accessible, you can read more here.
** I was commissioned by Bathing Solutions to give my thoughts on accessible bathrooms. All words and opinions are my own **