Bathroom Modifications for the Elderly

Bathroom Modifications for the Elderly

As we age, tasks that were once simple become more complex. Eighty-seven percent of adults age 65+, say they want to stay in their own homes as they age[1]. But, more than a third of seniors over the age of 65 slip and fall each year[2] - eighty percent of those falls occur in the bathroom.

With some smart modifications, elderly residents can be safe and feel secure in every room of their house, and that includes the bathroom.

When thinking about how you can make your bathroom safe and accessible, it is good to incorporate “universal design” concepts which allow for easier accessibility for people of all ages, including aging loved ones.

Here are some things to consider when planning bathroom modifications for the elderly, that will benefit everyone in your home:

  • Rolling or fixed shower seats that allow the bather to sit while taking a shower
  • Curbless showers are a perfect wheelchair accessible shower solution, with an opening that’s level with the floor, ideal for people of all levels of mobility
  • modifications bathroom elderlyGrab bars in all bathing areas should be included in all elderly bathroom modifications
  • All surfaces should have non-slip protections installed
  • Toilets should be 17 to 19 inches high, per ADA guidelines. This is a comfortable height for all users, but also high enough for wheelchair/walker users to comfortably get on and off the toilet. Grab bars should also be installed next to the toilet.
  • A handicap bathroom is a well-lit bathroom, with switches low enough for wheelchair users to reach them.
  • Prevent burns by lowering the maximum heat on your hot water heater.
  • Make sure there is enough space for wheelchairs to get in and out, and to make turns.

At Accessibility Modifications Solutions, we recognize how easily falls can happen in the bathroom. We provide bathroom modifications for the elderly to make this space into a safer, easier-to-use part of your home.

Our aging in place bathroom modifications for the elderly include:

  • Types of bathroom modifications for elderly peopleADA toilets
  • Grab bar installation
  • Custom-built roll-in showers
  • Walk-in showers
  • Wall-mounted sinks and toilets

From grab bar installation to customizing a walk-in shower for the elderly, our universal design experts can make your bathroom a safer, more comfortable space for everyone.


[1] AARP; https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/livable-communities-facts-and-figures.html

[2] News USA; http://www.newsusa.com/articles/article/preventing-senior-falls-starts-in-the-bathroom.aspx