Living until 80 or even 90 years old has stopped being anecdotal thanks to advances in medicine. And when we are lucky enough to get there, everyone’s desire is to live in a house that we can call “home.” As time goes by, the rooms of our house must adapt to our vital moment: when we live alone, as a couple, when we become parents and even when we are older.
Precisely at that moment when our movements begin to become imprecise, we need to wake up in a house where the arrangement of the elements and the design of the spaces is designed to give us peace of mind and security, providing us with the same quality of life that we have always enjoyed. And in that adaptation we must pay special attention to the bathroom because it is where there is more risk of falling, slipping or the occasional scratch.
So that the bathroom becomes that safe and reliable room that we want when we get older, the solution involves eliminating elements that can be critical such as the bathtub or bidet, since they take up space, hinder movement and increase the risk of falls.
Goodbye to the dangerous architectural barriers in the bathroom
And it is that the bathtub can become a real architectural barrier, which turns personal hygiene into a risk activity, instead of a relaxing and pleasant activity. The solution, therefore, is to change the bathtub for a shower. If, in addition, we install it at ground level, we will make the entrance easier and safer, thus allowing a continuous design that, in addition to avoiding falls and trips, provides a huge sense of spaciousness and facilitates a quick drain and cleaning.
Other elements that can help us adapt the bathroom
Taking advantage of the useful space of our bathroom, facilitating movement and accessibility, is also the objective of other elements such as built-in cisterns and toilets and suspended furniture. Also recommended are sinks with ample support surfaces, siphons built under the sink or racks for built-in cisterns that allow secure grab bars to be installed on the sides of the toilet.
In this way, the elderly will have effective solutions, adapted to their needs and that, in addition, are installed in a very simple and reliable way. The idea is to gain quality of life and make the bathroom a pleasant and safe place for them in which, more than obstacles, they only find facilities.