We focus on product spotlights so often I thought I’d take a left turn and go into a less specific field.
A while back I wrote a feature article about walk-in bathtubs here: http://ezinearticles.com/?Step-in-Tubs—Allowing-Bathing-For-Seniors-and-the-Disabled&id=2424362
This blog post is along similar lines, but with a wider view. What does it take to make your bathroom design friendly for seniors (or for yourself if you intend to live in your house for another several decades)?
If you’re a lover of baths- read the article above I linked and check out Meditubs. These allow easy submersion in water without the danger of falling due to slippery surfaces, or feet catching on the lip of a bathtub
If you don’t have a space for a walk in tub, or prefer a shower, the easiest, simplest add-on to do is handrails. Putting rails by your tub and in your shower help add a sense of security; freedom from falling down.
This isn’t necessarily a senior concern, though circulation can lessen with age. Personally I feel like I want this product during the cold season anyway. Whatever your need, Myson has designed towel racks that use either heated water or electricity to warm the bars that hold your towels.
Knobs and handles are a contentious issue, as a small rosette pull is more standard than any sort of knob, and tend to be the most attractive. However, with arthritis being a concern, there is the “closed fist” method of opening doors and cabinets. This design philosophy is so that you can open any door with a closed fist just as easily as with dexterous fingers.
Speaking of the closed fist method, this can also apply to faucets. Motion sensitive faucets are a big easy helper, though they can get pricey. Lever faucets are a cheaper alternative, but you have to make sure they have a smooth, easy action. Some lower quality lever faucets can be too stiff to warrant replacing faucets with separate hot/cold levers.