Renovating for the elderly is an exciting and challenging experience.
It often involves bringing wet-areas back into a safe, beautiful, functional room. But, doing so requires a special understanding of creating spaces for seniors that can accommodate a range of unique needs. At Principal Renovations, we’re finding that more and more of our elderly clients want to stay in the family home longer and have developed a speciality in renovating for the elderly. Here’s what we consider when creating a comfortable renovated space — a space we hope they can enjoy for years to come.
Design is paramount. When renovating a bathroom for the elderly, it is important to consider slipping hazards, such as bulky shower hobs, Roman baths, or shower-baths. It’s also vital to create enough open space for chairs and frames, as well as space for two people (should the elderly person have a Carer). The right layout will maximise the space available and integrate plenty of natural light. At Principal Renovations, we work with clients to understand their needs and provide the best layout for them.
Grab rails help provide an area that is functional, practical, and safe. Commonly recognised as an eyesore, we’re intentional in our grab rail implementation and are able to seamlessly integrate them with the rest of the bathroom. They are woven into the space to fit with the overall design. At Principal Renovations, we use them in showers, above baths and toilets, and even as towel rails. We’re very strategic in placement and carefully consider height, length, and even whether our client is left or right handed.
Aside from grab rails, there are often other niche requirements that come with renovating for the elderly. We’re able to make accommodations for wheelchair access, as well as modified showers, baths, and toilets, and create custom cabinetry. You can learn more about the benefits of custom cabinetry here.
One of the biggest wet-area safety considerations is selecting a non-slip tile. These tiles are typically textured or matte to help stop an aqua planing effect. The finish also helps a foot or shoe better-grip the surface. There is a large call for non-slip tiles in today’s market, which means you have a greater selection than you might think. We also recommended non-slip mats as an extra precaution.
When renovating a room, we also bring homes up to the latest building codes. This ensures our clients are not only covered by their home insurance, but that there are no hidden costs associated with the sale of the family home. So, as well as presenting a beautiful room that complies with the latest building codes, we will provide a perfectly functioning wet-area. This allows the client to live comfortably in their own home for longer and adds value to the house.
We understand that for many people, renovating can be a stressful experience. Renovating for the elderly can be even more daunting. It is important you select a renovator who is understanding, patient, can explain things in a jargon-free way, and able to work within strict time frames. Principal Renovations ensure you and your home are treated with respect throughout the renovation process.