A Bathroom That Will Grow With You as You Age

January 15, 2015 Updated: January 15, 2015

When planning a major bathroom renovation, it is important to consider functionality both for today and for the future. Be it from natural aging, an unexpected accident, or taking in an elderly relative, at some point most individuals find themselves in the position where an accessible bathroom is necessary. Often, this requires last-minute bathroom redesigns that can be both costly and unattractive.

Today, homeowners are learning to plan ahead and are looking for ways to plan their bathroom renovations so that the bathroom is currently functional but can easily be updated to become wheelchair-accessible without sacrificing style. With a little planning and forethought, we can create a bathroom that is ready to change with us as our seasons of life change—one that will leave us comfortable even in the event we get a curveball thrown at us. Beautiful today and remaining so, all ready for tomorrow.

One of the biggest things to consider when planning a bathroom with accessibility in mind is the shower base. An Accessible Design shower base from Fleurco gives you plenty of options.

An overhead shower with a handheld option and glass shower doors make a beautiful bathroom. In the future, simply remove the glass doors, install a shower seat and handrails, and you have an accessible shower stall that still looks lovely. Fleurco’s shower bases are level with the bathroom floor for easy entry and feature a textured shower floor that helps prevent slipping. High-quality, single-piece construction with a fibreglass reinforced bottom ensures your bathroom will remain functional for many years.

Layout is also another important aspect to consider. Ensure that your layout is designed to provide adequate room to move between the sink, toilet, and shower areas. A design that offers enough space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre not only offers future accessibility but also provides a clean, open space for today.

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