Your Brooklyn home is your castle, your place of comfort and security, and there’s no reason to give it up as you get older. You can make your home safer and more comfortable by making changes to your bathroom to accommodate some of the physical setbacks that are inevitable as we get older.
There’s no need to move to senior citizens housing. You can remodel your bathroom to make it more livable no matter how old you are. If you experience an illness or disability, you get to stay in your own home, with your family and loved ones close by. The bathroom, the room where too many accidents happen, is the best place to start to make your home safe for aging in place, and your Brooklyn bathroom plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating can show you how.
Your bathroom door may need to be 36-inches wide, big enough for a wheelchair to get through. A carpenter will take care of reframing your doorway and installing a larger door.
We can adjust the plumbing to make the bathroom safer and more comfortable. You can have lavatory sinks at two different heights for either standing or seated access. There are even sinks available these days that move up and down. It’s also a good idea to have a portable seat in your bathroom in case you need to sit down. Ergonomic lever handles on the faucet make it easier to turn on and off, and there are hands-free sensor faucets too. It’s sometimes hard to get up off of the toilet but newer comfort-height toilets are as many as 5-inches higher than regular toilets, easing the strain on achy knees.
Whether you need them to get off the toilet or for safety in the tub or shower, grab bars don’t have to look like they should be in a hospital. Many are decorative and match the color and style of faucets and shower hardware. There are walk-in bathtubs available from several manufacturers that minimize the worry about falling when you get in and out. These tubs have seats and fill and drain quickly. If you prefer a shower, we can install a curbless roll-in shower that you can get into while seated in a wheelchair. Any safe bathroom needs to have a pressure-balanced or pressure-and-temperature balanced shower valve behind the wall to prevent scalding.
If you want to remain in your home for as long as possible, call your Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing and we’ll explain all of the ways we can modify your bathroom to help keep you safe and comfortable.