Bathrooms designed for special needs do not have to look any less attractive than any other bathroom if you know some rules and are careful with your selections

1. What is your style preference?

Selecting your style is important in planning your bathroom design.

It’s helpful to gather pictures from magazines to help determine your style.  Look carefully for the common denominator in the pictures.  You may get some ideas by looking atwww.americanstandard.com keyword “inspiration gallery”.

2.  Consider the height of vanities.

The most comfortable height for adults is 35″-36″ but if you need to allow for wheelchair access be sure to leave 29″-30″ clear knee space.

3.  Install toilets which are ADA compliant.

They have 17″ seat heights instead of the conventional 14″ and are comfortable for anyone.

4.  Specify Anti-scald or pressured balanced faucets.

They will avoid potential scalding and lever handles or motion sensor faucets are easier for all ages to use.

5.  Are you are planning to install multiple shower spray sources?

Install a diverter to conserve on water so you can switch between sources.

Multiple shower sprays call for a diverter to conserve water

6. Plan for Grab Bars.

Even if you don’t plan to install them right away be sure to put backer boards in the wall where the grab bars would be placed so they can be added at any time and be strong enough to hold the weight of an adult.

7.  Shower considerations.

Consider a “curbless” shower which can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.  Also put in a bench seat if there is room.

Curbless showers are functional and beautiful

8. What about the tub?

Kohler has a new tub that makes entry and exiting easy.  It’s called the Elevance Rising Wall Bath and even comes with a bubble massage!

ADA compliant Kohler's ELevance Rising Side Bath makes it easy to "Age in Place".

9.  Lighting is critical.

Aging eyes have special considerations in the use of color as well as for marking boundaries and seeing for grooming.  Contrasting colors give visual cues that are needed for safety.

10.  There are specific requirements.

The regulations for accessible bathrooms are very specific so you should be sure you have the pertinent information before you proceed.  Remodeling is an expensive and stressful undertaking so you may want to hire a professional bath designer to be sure you do it correctly.