From the Experts

A Clear Vision: Bathroom Remodeling Tips to Help with Low Vision

When it comes to remodeling the bathroom for a homeowner who has low vision, there are many aspects to look at to maximize safety. The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house for someone with a visual impairment and needs to be accessible, slip-free, and simple. Here are different components to look at to achieve all of these goals. Photo courtesy of Fire & Ice by Kohler.


Choosing the right lighting in a bathroom can make it a safer and more functional area. Task lights, rope lights, shower lights, and dimmers can be strategically placed in a bathroom to enhance its use. There is also the option of motion-sensor lights so someone with a severe visual impairment does not have to search for a light switch. Light-emitting diode bulbs (LED) are the most recommended in bathrooms for their high contrast, minimal glare and crisp, white brightness.

Grab bars

Having grab bars in the bathroom and around the toilet can be extremely useful for someone with visual impairment. This minimizes the common dangers and creates easy maneuverability. Having brightly colored grab bars also makes moving around easier and can brighten up the bathroom’s design. It will be easy to recognize different areas and find your path of where you want to go.

Height adjustments

Having a raised toilet and a lowered sink can make a big difference in the bathroom. When they are at the right level, they are easier to access and it reduces the possibility of falling or knocking items in the bathroom over. Some toilets also have the technology to raise or lower the person sitting on it to make it easier to get on and off.


A dangerous aspect for anyone in the bathroom is how slippery it can be. The shower and bathtub should have anti-slip mats placed in them. The bathroom floor should also be made slip-free to prevent falling. A good material to use is carpet or linoleum instead of tile flooring.

Walk-in bathtub

Walk-in bathtubs are extremely accessibly with their low clearance. Getting into the tub does not require climbing over anything and makes for a safe entrance. They also typically come with safety handlebars, seating, and non-slip floors.

Simplify items

It often goes unrecognized how many items can be made simpler very quickly. Instead of having the soap dispenser on the sink, put it on the wall. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash can also be put into wall dispensers in the shower. This makes it so someone doesn’t have to reach around trying to find the product they need. A sink with a one-handle design can also make the bathroom less complicated. They can be preset to a certain temperature for added simplicity. One item that can also make a huge difference in the bathroom is having a phone or alert line. This way if there was an emergency, someone could be contacted easily and quickly to come help.

For more tips see:  Our Vision and Light.


By: Barry Fennell, Director of Remodeling Services, Wardell Builders. Inc.



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