As I’ve told you in my latest life update, we’ve been thinking about bathrooms a lot recently because my grandparents are moving house and into a property that’s a little more suitable for older people – think fewer stairs, more accessible and most importantly, closer to us! What got me thinking when researching bathtubs, showers and all the other things, though, was that the needs of older people and young children are quite similar, so can you create something like a 3 generation bathroom? A bathroom that works for everyone from baby to grandparent or even great-grandparent.
I think you can and I thought I’d share three ideas with you that will ensure that everyone, no matter their age, will find your bathroom functional and easily accessible
Add a step to your sink unit
Elderly family members or guests might struggle to bend down if your sink is fixed at a height suitable for children, whereas younger children might struggle to reach the sink if it’s hip-high, which is perfect for older people. If you want to fix the issue and add storage to your bathroom at the same time, add a storage unit with a built-in step underneath your sink. They’re widely accessible and a great way to hide away all those toiletries, bath toys and cleaning products while giving your little ones a boost and more independence.
Get a walk-in bath
Another feature that will turn every bathroom into a 3 generation bathroom is a walk-in bath. While they are commonly known as a fixture to assist disabled and elderly people to bathe safely, walk-in baths can be used by the entire family. They’re safer than conventional bathtubs as you don’t have to worry about stepping over the edge of the bath and slipping and allow children to be more independent at bathtime. Certain models are also considerably deeper than a traditional bath meaning that you can lower more of your body into the water and relax. What’s not to like?
Fit temperature controlled taps
Temperature controlled taps might seem a little gimmicky but did you know that the water in water storage tanks usually has a temperature of 60°C and only needs 6 seconds to scald an adult or 1 second to scald a child? By installing temperature controlled taps directly onto the piping of your hot water system, you can regulate the heat of the water coming out of your taps and minimise the risk of injury not only for younger children but also the elderly, who might find it equally difficult to regulate the temperature of the water on the tab. On top of the safety benefit, having a set temperature also prevents waste when running a bath or having a shower.
Do you have a 3 generation bathroom / a bathroom suitable for children and the elderly? Tell me more about it in the comments below!
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