The bathroom is a very important component of any house. It symbolises the cleanliness of the family living in it so having a well-maintained bathroom should be on top of the list of any homeowners’ priorities. In addition to that, bathrooms should also be age-appropriate. What do I mean by this? It means that the bathroom should be accessible and comfortable for anyone in the household. If you have an older family member or you yourself are entering older age and have no plans to move to a nursing home, your bathroom should also be designed based on what you can do now and in the future.
Bathroom remodeling is a difficult task to do so nowadays, plumbing companies are starting to add this service to their lists especially in Australia where the aging population is getting higher each year. If you are planning to have one of your bathrooms remodeled, here are 5 things you have to look out for and consider.
- Proper Piping
The first thing you should look out for is if the plumber used the right pipes, the right accessories, and of course the proper placement of the pipes. This is very important to avoid immediate repairs in the near future or the replacement of different parts of the plumbing system. Aside from that, it will also provide you with better water flow and pressure. For instance, if you choose to have a bath spa that has jets built-in already, you will need to have good water pressure to make it work.
- Non-slip floorings
It is common for older people to lose some of their strength and balance from their youth which can potentially increase the likelihood of falls and accidents as they age. Many of these accidents happen in the bathroom where there is a constant presence of water so by having non-slip floorings, these accidents can be avoided or at least be minimised.
As the body ages, day-to-day activities, such as using the toilet, can become increasingly difficult. To help elderly people maintain their independence in the bathroom, there are a number of technologies designed to make using the toilet a simple and effortless experience. Smart toilet seats not only include features such as automated lifting and closing of the lid but can offer bidet-like features as well. Paired with other accessibility features such as grab rails, this can make a world of difference for our older relatives.
- Walk-in Bathtub
A Walk-in bathtub will be a great addition to a bathroom dedicated to older people. By having this in their bathroom, they will not have to take huge steps just to get in the tub. Mobility is a big issue for the elders so this kind of bathing equipment will surely help ease their lives. In addition to its walk-in feature, since it is designed for elders, most of its designs have a built-in sitting area so it will be easier for them to go up and get out of the tub.
- Thermostatic Mixing Valve
The climate in Australia, specifically in the suburban areas of Sydney such as Hornsby, Thornleigh, Killara, and Wahroonga is fairly humid but during the winter season, the temperature drops a few degrees so it is important to have a Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV) in the plumbing system. The TMV will help in achieving the desired and appropriate temperature for both young and old household members. It is temperature-focused technology that mixes the water from the water heating system and the running water from a supplier or from the rainwater tank.
Now that you know the top things you have to consider when remodeling your bathroom to become more age-appropriate, call a Hornsby plumber and work on that renovation before it’s too late.