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Remodeling a Handicapped Bathroom

Remodeling a handicapped bathroom will help you to age in place. Plan the bathroom to be on the main level of your home. The money that you spend on remodeling will be saved by not having to go into an assisted living or a nursing home.
A remodeled handicapped bathroom will help you achieve aging in place. Many people are now choosing to age in place so that they can be close to friends and family. Their homes are filled with cherished memories and comfortable surroundings. There are a number of ways that you can start planning and remodeling to age in place with a handicap accessible bathroom.


Walls: Reinforce the walls for extra support around the toilet, shower, and tub. This will allow you to install grab bars and shower bars where needed in the bathroom.

Cabinetry: Install cabinetry under a sink that is removable to allow for wheelchair access. Place the counter at a height that is accessible from a sitting position. Select drawers that are easy to pull out.

Floors: Create enough clear floor space in the bathroom. Allow a 60-inch turning area of clear space in the bathroom. Use a slip resistant flooring material in the bathroom. Avoid using throw rugs.

Showers: Install a shower with no threshold. Some showers come with a removable threshold that makes it easy to adapt to a roll in shower. Plan to use a shower chair in the shower. Place a light in the shower. Mount the faucet controls offset from center. Install a hand-held shower head.

Walk In Tub: Install a walk-in tub. This allows a safe transfer in and out of the tub.

Plumbing: Select lever-style faucets that are easy to use. Install an anti-scald valve in the shower, tub and vanity faucet.

Sink Vanity: Plan to install the sink so that a wheelchair can roll under it without having your knees hit a pipe.

Toilet: Select a comfort height toilet that is about 17 to 19 inches from the floor. Install a toilet paper holder that allows toilet paper to be changed with one hand.

Doors: Widen the doors to allow wheelchair access. Allow 36 inches for the door width.

Electrical: Allow a clear space in front of the light switches and electrical outlets.  Use a rocker style or touch sensor light switch. Place the electrical outlets 15 inches above the floor.

Windows: Install a motorized window shade. Allow plenty of light in the bathroom.

Remodeling a handicapped bathroom will help you to age in place. Plan the bathroom to be on the main level of your home. The money that you spend on remodeling will be saved by not having to go into an assisted living or a nursing home.

Video: A remodeled handicapped bathroom can make a world of difference to a person who wants to stay independent.