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Age offers us the copious benefits of internal growth: wisdom and experience, sophistication and poise, serenity and stability. However, age also presents new challenges, such as limited vision and mobility. You may be facing these challenges currently or anticipating them in the future. No matter your changing needs, there is a way to for you to maintain control and independence—by aging in place.
The practice of “aging in place” means you can remain in your home for as long as possible. This can be achieved by making some modifications to your living spaces, such as creating wider hallways, improving lighting, and building easily accessible cabinets.
Thinking about adding aging in place home modifications? It’s typically recommended that you start with the bathroom—the most dangerous room in the house. Read on for our needs-based guide to aging in place bathroom adaptations.
As we age, our vision changes. Our ability to focus on nearby objects decreases, and our vision takes on a yellow tint. Depth perception is made more challenging. Additionally, it becomes more difficult to see in dim lighting. Fortunately, there are a variety of bathroom solutions for visual challenges related to aging.
Reduced mobility can occur due to illness, injury or lack of physical exercise. Maintaining open floor space in the bathroom makes it easier to move around with a wheelchair or walker. Additionally, there are a variety of bathroom fixtures and accessories than can help solve mobility challenges.
Joint stiffness and decreased vision can affect your ability to grip handles or hold everyday items. For improved comfort, choose items with handles that can be easily opened with low physical effort. Bathroom accessories that can help with fine motor challenges include:
Absentmindedness and memory loss may occur with aging, so it’s important to turn your bathroom into a safe space. Use memory reminders and try to automate tasks as much as possible to help those with memory loss. Helpful bathroom tips for this condition include:
Crawford Supply Group is committed to providing Bath & Kitchen products that are universally accessible for our customers. Visit a Crawford Supply Group showroom, located in Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, to view our wide aging in place product selection. You can also set up a free Showroom Consultation with one of our knowledgeable team members.