For most individuals, a house is more than just a home—it’s their family’s gathering place, the center of the memories, and where they’re most comfortable. As we age, it’s often a goal to live at home and to live independently so long as it is safe and comfortable.
At Daniels Design & Remodeling, we strive to help seniors, the aging, and those with disabilities to maintain their independence through home renovations. One of the most important tasks? Finding an aging-in-place bathroom design that is functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Bathroom Remodels for the Elderly in Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia mirrors the nation in terms of its population. By 2030, 15% of the region’s population will be over the age of 65. Alexandria and Fairfax Counties have the highest percentages of their population over the age of 65% at 9.1% and 9.5%, respectively.
The elderly population in northern Virginia will grow by 76% between 2010 and 2030. Residents need to plan for structural and design changes to their homes so they can maintain their independence.
Bathroom Remodeling Ideas for Seniors
Considered one of the most dangerous places for the elderly, a bathroom remodel is the best investment in extending a senior’s independence and adapting a home for changing needs.
Here are some important considerations to plan a bathroom remodel for seniors:
- Safety and Convenience: For seniors, convenience is a safety issue. Designing to create space to move freely, providing places to find support, and reducing sharp edges are just some of the priorities. From there, it’s possible to begin making more specific decisions about how the bathroom remodel will take shape.
- Location: For multi-story homes, location is often the most important factor. For seniors or anyone with mobility challenges, having access to a bathroom on the floor where they spend most of their time can reduce the risk of a fall. Creating the first-floor bathroom may require more work and could mean losing square footage from an existing room, but it’s not something to dismiss out of hand. Schedule a conversation with us and we can determine if there’s an ideal space on your ground floor to create a more accessible bathroom.
- Bathtub and Shower Accessibility: Depending on space and preference, installing a more accessible shower or tub will allow for easy access while reducing the risk of falls. Step-in tubs allow for baths, a requirement for some seniors and a beloved indulgence for others. Curbless showers provide ample space and can include a bench or seat to provide a place to sit, but they take the option to soak in a bath out of the equation.All senior bathrooms should include removable and adjustable shower heads that match the overall aesthetic of the space.
- Vanities and Countertops: When it comes to accessibility, even the vanity can provide opportunities to use design to enhance function. Plan ahead with your vanity design and countertop dimensions. For example, those who use a wheelchair require a recessed cupboard space below the countertop to allow space for them to access the sinks and cabinets. That may require lowering the countertop or making it narrower so that users can easily reach items against the wall.The mirror and backsplash, too, should be lowered so that occupants can see their reflection while standing or when using a wheelchair. Design elements should consider all possibilities for a senior’s mobility in the years ahead.
Senior Independence Comes Built into Every Project
The best way to ensure more enjoyable time at home is to reshape your space to suit your changing needs. Let the expert designers from Daniels Design & Remodeling bring our years of expertise and insight to create the right space. We can bring the safety-oriented details of your bathroom remodel ideas to other parts of your home, too, as a part of our complete home remodel and renovation services. Even for younger families, incorporating age-in-place design elements now can reduce expenses and inconvenience in the years ahead.
Reimagining Your Home with Daniels Design & Remodeling
We’ve developed a three-step remodeling process designed to understand your needs, your tastes, and what makes each project unique. We start with a feasibility study to learn more about your space and your goals, as well as develop a number of concepts for your consideration. We work with you to choose a design that you’ll love, and then we bring that design to life. Daniels Design and Remodeling includes a team of expert craftsmen who have learned to take sketches on paper and create simply stunning spaces.
We’ve been serving our neighbors in Chantilly, Virginia and surrounding communities since 1997. We are proud of the relationships we’ve built and home renovations we’ve created in partnership with the homeowners themselves. That strong connection is just one reason to work with Daniels Design & Remodeling on your next project.
From thought to finesse, let us bring luxury and elegance to your golden years. We hope you’ll start the conversation with us today!