Ageing at home is the idea of being to live in your own home and community no matter your age or income in a safe, independent and comfortable manner. When achieving this lifestyle, your bathroom area is one of the most important rooms in the house to adapt for your age requirements.
Remodelling the bathroom is more than just changing the aesthetics of tiles, it is also thinking about your future. Nerang Tiles has come up with a few handy tips to help you make the right changes to your bathroom to assist you live in your own home for longer.
Step treads are a handy way to improve the slip resistance of your bathroom floor. Place them on the border areas around your bathroom or where you expect your feet to be when stepping out of the shower. Even place the step tread tile in the shower for increased grip between your feet and the shower floor.
Level access shower
Most showers were made with a raised step into them and this can cause some issues for those individuals with mobility issues. It is also more aesthetically pleasing to have a seamless floor with no raised shower border. By using a tileable wet room shower tray, you will remove any steps into the shower which will give you the option to use a wheelchair into the shower or just stroll right in without having to focus on stepping over an obstacle.
Non slip tiles
Do not forget to tile your bathroom floor with non slip tiles, or at least a ceramic tile with some sort of increased grip. This applies both for aged individuals and people with children. Bathroom tiles can become a slip hazard for anyone, no matter your age. By installing non slip tiles you will be giving yourself that little bit of extra grip and safety. When buying non slip tiles make sure they are suitable for indoors because some ceramic tiles are very difficult to clean with your residential cleaning products and may not be suitable for your bathroom floor.
Electric underfloor heating
In Australia we are not so worried about underfloor heating to raise the temperature but we can use underfloor heating to help evaporate water off the floor. Underfloor heating under the tiles can help prevent slips or falls but getting rid of excess water.
Adjusting the height of your toilet is another option, although not always necessary. This can be done by replacing your toilet, or simply using a thicker toilet seat.
There are plenty of other upgrades you can make to your bathroom that will help improve its ageing liveability. These include changing the lighting, hand rails and introducing technology. For more information on how Nerang Tiles can help improve the ageing liveability of your bathroom visit the multi award winning Nerang Tiles showroom on the Gold Coast.