Designing and Remodelling Your Bathroom For Aging In Place - Consider Toilets and Sinks

One of the major challenges that seniors face within their own homes is that many of the vital amenities aren’t positioned in a way that makes them easy to use. Many toilet seats, for instance, are placed lower than 17 inches from the floor, making it difficult for the elderly to stand up or sit down. If this sounds like your toilet, consider installing a new toilet that is between 17 and 19 inches in height or use a height-adjustable toilet seat.

When it comes to the bathroom sink, there are several things that you can do to make them more accommodating as you get older.

  • Install a wall-mounted sink rather than a traditional sink dropped into a vanity. This will give you space underneath the sink for someone who is seated or in a wheelchair.

  • Don’t hesitate to create split-level countertops. Lower countertops are perfect for seated people and people in wheelchairs, while higher countertops are easier to use if you are standing.