Aging in Place bathrooms don’t have to be institutional and boring. Try these affordable luxuries that will liven up your design, add instant spa-like feel and enhance everyday life for years to come.
We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms every day, so it’s a great place to add a few features for comfort and convenience.
Magnifying mirror with extendable arm
How often do you need to lean over the bathroom vanity to get a better look in the mirror? It’s probably so often that you don’t even realize that you’re doing it. You’ll appreciate a magnifying mirror that is on an extendable arm.
Having a positional mirror with magnification for identifying stray hairs, searching for an irritating eyelash, or putting on makeup makes life just a little easier. The mirror is also handy to see the back of your head and hair without needed to juggle with a handheld mirror.
An extendable arm mirror is just one of several helpful mirror types every bathroom should have.
Who doesn’t like the warm coziness of a towel straight out of the dryer? Some people like warm towels so much that they put a dryer in their bathroom for this purpose. But you can have a similar experience with a towel warmer. They come in a variety of models, both wall-mounted and freestanding. Some are a heated towel rack, while others are a closed container where you keep the towels warm.
Massaging handheld shower head
A necessity for Aging in Place is a handheld shower head so that you can easily aim water where it’s needed, especially when showering from a seated position. Take this one step further and get a massaging or waterfall shower head for an extra luxurious spa-like experience.
Dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush to get a better clean than with a regular toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association, oral health is directly linked to overall health. So making sure to maintain the best oral hygiene is essential.
Using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual brush is more manageable for those with hand or wrist arthritis and decreased arm strength or coordination.
A popular feature in Europe and Asia, bidets are less common in the US. Traditional bidets are usually freestanding, but today’s bidets are mostly built into or are attached to the toilet. They provide jets of water to cleanse you after using the toilet.
Bidets come in a wide array of models with various features such as heated seats, adjustable water pressure and temperature, self-closing lids, night lights, and remote controls.
Because a bidet can help you to maintain your independence with toilet hygiene, it is an affordable luxury that everyone who is Aging in Place should have. A bidet could replace the need for a caregiver to help with toilet hygiene so it could pay for itself many times over. Learn more about the benefits of bidets.
Treat yourself to Aging in Place bathroom details
It’s the little things that make your day better. Any of these five features will yield both Aging in Place functionality as well as add comfort to your everyday life.
Each of these items is available at a variety of price points, so there is a version that will fit your budget. Go ahead….treat yourself and make your bathroom the spa-like sanctuary you’ve dreamed about!