If you currently live in a multigenerational house, or plan to transition your current home to a multigen setup, you know there are dozens of intricacies.
“Households that are made up of two or more generations have increased significantly in the last decade,” says Max Rose, owner of Four Seasons Plumbing. “More baby boomers have the means to accommodate additional family members, not only aging parents, but also adult children and grandchildren.”
To help, Four Seasons Plumbing offers the following tips for homeowners who are transitioning their homes to accommodate multiple generations of family members.
Install a toilet lid lock. If there are young children in the home, it’s a good idea to install a toilet lid lock to keep them safe. Toilets can pose a drowning hazard to toddlers. A toilet lock can also protect your plumbing from crafty grandkids who flush toys and other objects down the toilet.
Lower the water heater temperature. Always make sure to test the water temperature before placing a child in the bath. For added protection from scalding, lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Eliminate bathtub slipping. Add anti-skid strips or non-slip bath mats to the tub or shower to keep children and seniors safe from falling accidents.
Add grab bars. Install grab bars by the bath and toilet to provide mobility assistance for elderly relatives and to keep them safe from falling.
Install cabinet locks. It’s a good idea to add cabinet locks to keep children from accessing medication and cleaning products. They are an affordable and discreet way to keep children safe.
Invest in a shower chair. Shower chairs can provide seniors more stability for bathing and allow them to rest when necessary. A transfer bench is also a great option for seniors who struggle getting in and out of the bath area.
Install an ADA height toilet. A standard ADA height toilet is a great option for family members with limited mobility. Family members that suffer from arthritis or have had a knee or hip replacement can benefit from this toilet style.
Source: Four Seasons Plumbing