Aging in Place, Senior Safety

Guest Post: How to Transform a Traditional Bathroom into an Accessible Haven


Traditional bathrooms are ideal for adding distinction to a home, whether through claw foot tubs, or via brass and cast iron fixtures, offering a more decorative alternative to modern bathrooms. However, accessibility can be an issue for these bathrooms, with elderly and disabled users often having problems in terms of safely using fittings. Difficulties in getting into and out of baths and showers, and more general problems with slipping, faucet control, and dealing with raised units can add up to a health hazard. In this way, it’s worth thinking of some of the ways in which a traditional bathroom can be transformed into an accessible haven.

Shower BenchesPortable Shower seat

A simple solution to problems with getting into a bath or shower, an adjustable bench can be used for avoiding the danger of slipping on wet tiles and surfaces. A fold out shower bench works particularly well in terms of being made to suit different heights, while also being easily folded away when not in use.

Extending Shower Sprays

A shower extension head can be fitted to a hard to reach shower, and can be used as a smaller handheld device. This kind of approach can work well for both baths with raised taps and shower heads, and with more modern shower units.

Lever Handle Faucets

Hard to twist faucets can be a significant problem for accessibility within a traditional bathroom. It’s often easier to switch these over for lever handle faucets, which can still be decorative, but are easier to pull up and down without becoming stuck.

Anti Slip Solutions

Any kind of bathroom can be a hazard if the floor becomes difficult to balance on, or if an excess of water is allowed to build up. Adding floor mat strips and double sided tape to keep mats in place can make it much easier to move around a bathroom without having to take risks.

Adjusting Entrances

Another way to make a traditional bathroom more accessible is to widen the entranceway into a space. While this doesn’t necessarily mean making significant changes to the bathroom itself, doing so can mean that it’s easier for wheelchairs to pass into a room. Doors can also be adjusted to be opened from the other side in an emergency if an internal lock has been set.

Consider Changing the Bath Tubwalkin shower

A freestanding bath tub can represent one of the most serious risks associated with a traditional bathroom if not correctly set up. In this context, it’s better to consider a walk in shower enclosure within a traditionally designed bathroom. This mix of a traditional and modern look can instantly make a room more accessible if other measures, such as a bath or shower bench, are still unsafe.

Riser Seats

A riser seat can be added to a toilet or sink unit as a solution for wheelchairs and users that have difficulties lowering and raising themselves off a seat without assistance.


Rails and bars are one of the most common ways in which a traditional bathroom can be made more accessible. These bars can be fitted near to baths and showers, or next to toilets, and can be adjusted depending on height.

Author Bio
Serena Grant is a home makeover enthusiast, specializing in the perfect theme for your personality and preferences throughout your home. Her preferred part of a house to decorate is the bathroom, and she would recommend Traditional Victorian Bathrooms From Old Fashioned Bathrooms


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