ARTICLE Patricia Moore
Given that the body we have at fifty may well be showing signs of wear and tear by the time we’re seventy, future-proofing during a renovation project is the smart way to ensure your home will adapt to any changes along the way.
The bathroom is an area that’s often overlooked, says Geoff Penrose, general manager at Lifetime Design Ltd, the organisation set up by the government to advocate for design standards that improve the state of our housing. Lifetime Design’s particular focus is on our aging population.
“They key aspects are ensuring there is enough space and that the plumbing is in the right place. Getting these right means if you have to change a shower hub for a level entry shower then the infrastructure is already there.”
Geoff also advises putting “a few pieces of wood into the framing”, to enable the easy attachment of grab rails. “And locating a bathroom on the primary living area means, should circumstances change, it’s easily accessible and adaptable for your needs.”
According to an experienced caregiver, bathrooms can be a huge problem, with issues including showers that are too small or require stepping over a ‘barrier’ to get in and out.
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