Age-oriented living means holistic, independent living in your own four walls. Often instead of a conversion of the own flat, in which one has lived for years, however, either a move to an already senior citizens right, usually smaller domicile or even to a nursing home struggled. If you still want to stay in your own four walls, you are often satisfied with steep stairs, small showers or non-wheelchair accessible entrance areas – too high the cost of a conversion. However, one does not have to think of a complete restoration. Often, the renovation of the bath is sufficient for the preservation of one’s own independence. These things matter.
A senior bathroom needs space and sufficient free spaces. We recommend a turning circle of 1.50 m according to DIN 18040-2 around all sanitary installations such as bathtub, shower, WC and washbasin. Between the toilet and shower seat is also a distance of nearly 90 cm. If you are sitting in a wheelchair or need a walker, you can easily access the bathroom. It is also important that there are no tripping cases such as steps or platforms on the ground. In some cases the bathroom is too small for an age-appropriate renovation. Here, however, you can ask the owner if a tear of the walls is allowed.
Senior health care facilities
A barrier-free bath allows easy and independent entry and exit without risking injury from slipping. Nowadays, for example, there are special bathtubs with a door through which you can easily enter and exit. Additional protection is provided by halves or knobs to avoid any possible slipping in the wet.
Many prefer showering instead of bathing. A barrier-free, approximately 128 x 128 cm large bath tub of bath room is installed particularly flat in the floor, so that the entrance is also possible without problems. In addition, a vertical and a horizontal stop rod for the hose sprayer should not be missing. Since wheelchair users also have to sit in the shower, a stool with a seating area of 50 × 50 cm in width is of great importance.
A barrier-free toilet has a seat height of 48 cm and is free for better cleaning possibilities. Here, too, a certain distance from other sanitary facilities should be maintained and halide compartments attached to the sides. It is also recommended to set up a bidet next to the toilet. A bidet maintains hygiene after toilets and saves time and effort.
Financing the conversion
The conversion of a bath can be very costly depending on the initial situation – especially if sanitary installations have to be completely removed and installed. Then a demand can not be hurt by the health insurance fund, local sponsors or the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). KfW, among other things, grants loans of up to EUR 50,000 for conversions relating to barrier refinancing.