The 3 Things Every Bathroom For Seniors Must Have
Sometimes Remodeling Your Bathroom Is
More Than A Luxury… It’s A Necessity.
Many people decide that they want a safer bathroom as they get older.
A National Institute on Aging study found that more than one-third of seniors over the age of 65 slip and fall each year.
Researchers cited slippery surfaces as the #1 reason seniors experience falls. So it’s no surprise that 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. 80 Percent!
It’s clear that water and slippery surfaces just aren’t a good combination.
To top it all off, as we age, our bones get more brittle and fragile so the risk of injury is real.
The majority of falls result in minor injuries, like cuts, deep bruises, and painful abrasions. Who needs that?
But the really scary part is that an estimated 10% of all falls by seniors can cause major injuries – including broken hips and other serious fractures.
This makes having a more accessible bathroom – one that reduces the dangers and inconveniences for people with disabilities or people who are aging – not just a smart decision…but a critical one.
Plus, many seniors just want to stay in the home they love!
At America’s Bath, we’re experts at giving you a safer, more accessible bathroom.
There are many important safety options we can offer you, but here are three we consider critical.
#1 – Grab Bars
It seems like a simple concept. Having a grab bar to hold onto makes it easier and safer to get in and out of your shower or bath. That’s a good thing.
But you want to make sure you have the right grab bars positioned in the right places.
After all, we all come in different shapes and sizes. Some of us are taller. Some of us are shorter. Some of us have bigger hands than others. That’s why you need a customized grab bar solution.
Other bathroom remodeling companies will offer you a flimsy acrylic liner with pre-cut holes for a “one-size-fits-all” grab bar.
At America’s Bath, we’ll help you find a Grab Bar solution that delivers the strength and stability you need – the size you want – positioned in the exact spot that works for you.
Do not underestimate the power of grab bars and their impact on bathing safety. After all, our family members aren’t always there to lend a helping hand.
That’s why the right set of grab bars can make all the difference.
You’ll maintain your independence longer, avoid nasty falls and enjoy the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing your beautiful new bathroom is there to help you, not hurt you.
#2 – “No-Barrier” Shower/Or Walk-In Tub
Bathrooms are harder to navigate than typical home spaces. They usually have a lot less space to maneuver and tub edges can be tall. Floors can be slippery. That combination means you can easily lose your balance as you step over tub walls.
Why risk a dangerous fall?
Let the experts at America’s Bath install a beautiful new “no barrier” shower or walk-in tub in your home.
For showers, our standard size shower pans are just 1.5″ tall! They are great at reducing the risk of tripping as you transition in and out of your shower. For baths, we can install a tub featuring a waterproof door that you can open and close. No more stepping over the tub edges for you!
Combining either one of these safety features with a sturdy grab bar greatly reduces the risk of ever experiencing a nasty fall.
#3 – Shower Seats
Standing in the shower is another area of risk because of the combination of water, steam and slippery surfaces.
Sometimes the simple act of washing your hair can be disorienting and risky for many folks with mobility issues.
Closing your eyes and letting go of the grab bar just to wash the soap out of your hair can leave many people feeling like they are standing on shaky ground.
That’s where a sturdy and slip-resistant shower seat comes in handy. Now you sit back and relax as you take a shower. It’s just a little extra peace-of-mind in a place where slips and falls are most commonplace.
You can even add a hand shower featuring long hoses to make it much easier to wash and rinse while seated.
Combined with grab bars and a low-profile shower or walk-in tub, a shower seat with hand-held shower hose can be the final pieces to the puzzle when it comes to creating a beautiful, safe and accessible new bathroom.
There are even more options to explore like roll-in showers which are a great solution for wheelchair users.
Beauty. Affordability. And Safety. (Yes, You CAN Have All Three).
Just because your new bathroom is designed to be safe and accessible doesn’t mean it has to be ugly.
At America’s Bath, we use beautiful, gorgeous Cultured Stone for our bathroom remodels.
Cultured Stone is the best choice for a bathroom remodel because it is much less expensive than a traditional ‘gut-the-whole-bathroom’ approach. And it’s far more beautiful that the 1-day solutions like flimsy acrylic liners so many remodeling companies are pushing these days.
For a safer bathroom as you age, reach out to America’s Bath today to schedule an appointment and receive your free and fair quote with no obligation.