A new bathroom or change the old?
The first thing you need to decide is whether the bathroom installation that is needed is an entirely new bathroom, or an update of an existing one. Many homes that were built in the 70s and 80s included rough-in plumbing in areas that could be potentially developed as expanded live-in quarters. A careful review of the blueprints of your home will reveal if this is so. Rough in plumbing will save you a great deal of expense if you need a new bathroom installation. If you don’t have the plumbing roughed in, asking a professional for where the least expensive area of the plumbing to connect to for a new bathroom installation is the next best thing to do. If you are planning to upgrade an existing bathroom installation, this won’t be a consideration. Once you have the location of your bathroom selected it is time to look at what needs to be included in the plan.
What features do you need?
There is more to planning a bathroom installation for aging parents than just adding in some hand rails. You need to consider whether the tub or shower unit can be upgraded to make it more accessible. There are now affordable walk in tub designs that can really be a benefit to someone with mobility or balance issues. Installing a toilet with a bidet is a must, as are warming lights. You also want to think through the type of floor and rugs installed to make sure they do not present a fall hazard too.
Planning for the expense
Lastly, you need to take your list of what you need and where you need it to a professional and have them create an estimate for the cost and time needed to do the bathroom installation. The best way to do this is to present your ideas as a starting point and see what a professional will recommend. Very often they will know of ways to save you some money in the overall project. It is important that you pick someone who also will be able to come and do any service or maintenance on the bathroom as well. It is always better to stick with someone who knows your plumbing, rather than always be calling someone who has to learn it.