Dickson-662-EditUniversal Design with Universal Appeal.

Today’s accessible bathroom designs can be both beautiful and provide for universal accessibility. Sleek grab bars and other modern bathroom fixtures transform routine functional products into elegant design elements. They make it possible for more people to live at home safely and independently, regardless of age and physical limitations.

The bathroom has traditionally been a potential danger zone for older adults, seniors and those with other special needs. Bathroom falls remain one of the number one reasons for visits to the ER.

Here are 5 things to consider when remodeling your bathroom to meet your changing lifestyle:

1. Choose unique fixtures. Look for grab bars and rails in beautiful shapes and finishes, faucets with lever handles, and a sprayer attachment for your showerhead.

2. Light it right. Make sure the light switches are easy to access. Consider the use of motion detectors as well. Good lighting is essential to bathroom safety.

3. Size up your space. Transform your accessible bathroom design by adding wider doorways for easier access, proper support bars and accessible height toilets. 

4. Keep it clean with a curbless shower. Curbless showers complement universal design principles and are easy to install when remodeling a bathroom.

5. Don’t fall for the wrong floor. There are many attractive nonslip and textured floors available. A nonslip shower floor is one of the best ways to prevent falls.