3 Easy Bathroom Updates for Aging in PlaceBy
When you’ve got family members from different generations living in your home, it’s important to be sensitive to everyone’s changing needs. Sometimes you must walk a fine line with seniors because they highly value their independence, but their aging bodies can betray them in their physical abilities. As the years go by, seniors can experience reduced hearing and vision and decreased muscle strength and mobility, which can increase the risk of falls.
One of the most dangerous rooms in your home for fall risks is the bathroom. When you combine slippery tile on the shower and floor along with small, hard-to-maneuver spaces, the result can be disastrous. Fortunately, there are a number of modifications you can make to this room to make it safer and more secure for your entire family.
Today’s scalable bathing solutions offer optimal comfort and convenience while still retaining their aesthetically pleasing qualities. One example is American Standard’s Ovation Bathtub. This modern, sleek, extremely durable tub comes in easy retrofit sizes for existing bathtub alcoves while allowing its occupant more bathing space and elbow room. It also has textured anti-slip floors that drastically increase bathtub safety.
Another great option for a comfortable and safe bathing experience is a walk-in bathtub. These models, also available from American Standard, are complete with a generous seating area, multiple grab bars, and simple lever handles that are easy for arthritic hands to use.
Maximizing floor space for easy navigation is another way to make your bathroom safer for seniors. Installing space-saving fixtures like toilets with compact elongated bowls and pedestal sinks allow for more room to maneuver in the bathroom. Once you’ve created more floor space, make sure that it is free of any trip hazards such as loose rugs, toys and clothes.
Grab bars, especially those strategically placed near the toilet and in the shower, do wonders for fall prevention in bathrooms. Standing on one leg for a senior can be difficult enough, but when lifting the other leg over a tub wall at the same time, things can get downright precarious. If you or anyone in your home has mobility or balance problems, installing grab bars can do just the trick for aging in place and bathroom safety.
How do you plan on making your bathroom safer?
Sarah Kellner is a writer for The Home Depot who frequently writes on safety tips and home design topics. See the full array of bathroom safety products available at homedepot.com