Bathroom Renovations: Safe, Secure and
(ARA) – From slippery surfaces to
cluttered collections of products, it's not a
surprise that bathrooms are notorious for being the
most accident-prone room in a house. For aging
adults, using the bathroom shouldn't be a hazard.
With the right renovations and some simple changes,
you can create a bathroom that is safe and
comfortable for everyone.
Get the Right Rugs
Bath mats help collect dripping water near
the tub or shower and provide comfort and
safety from slippery, cold floors. But
unless you have a mat with a nonskid
bottom, you're only adding to the danger.
Tripping on rugs is just as bad as slipping
on water, so make sure you have a mat next
to the shower and toilet that has a secure
backing so it doesn't slip.
Cut the Clutter
Shampoo, soap, lotion, makeup -- the list
of products we use daily in the bathroom is
tremendous, but that doesn't mean it needs
to be cluttered. Use easy-to-access shelves
to hold things like toothpaste, deodorant,
combs and other items you use each day. In
the shower, there are many options that can
be quickly installed to hold soap and
shampoo. This organization will eliminate
the chance that these items will be knocked
down and cause someone to trip and fall.
Plus it's a lot more sanitary.
An Accessible Commode
Accessing the toilet can be more difficult
with age. If there is a problem for you or
someone you live with, a simple handrail by
the toilet can be used to hold and pull on
if assistance is required. If that isn't
enough, consider getting a handicap
accessible toilet. The seat on these is
often higher and easier to use.
Get a Safer Tub
Aging adults might find it difficult to get
in and out of their bathtub due to its
design, but they still desire the
independence of bathing along with the
relaxing health benefits it provides. A
popular renovation is to replace the old
tub with a new walk-in tub.
Premier Bathrooms, the world leader in
walk-in bathtubs, offers a variety of models from
the conventional bathtub to deeper versions that are
more like hot tubs. Walk-in tubs feature a door so
that you don't have to lower yourself in and out
while bathing. Simply walk in, shut the water-tight
door, sit in the contoured seat, fill up and enjoy.
When you're done, drain the tub and exit in
Mrs. Rugby decided to install a walk-in
bath for her husband. Her story is similar to many
seniors whose spouses require additional assistance.
"Having to give my husband 24 hour care, I was
finding it difficult to bathe him. We have had a
walk-in bath installed, what a difference it has
made. I enjoy more freedom; my husband loves his new
bath. He was asked 'if you had to leave your house
and only take one item what would it be?' He
answered straight away his bath."
Whether you and your spouse are aging and
you want to remain independent in your home, or you
have parents that are living with you and you'd like
to help them live more comfortably and safely,
consider these bathroom renovations and changes.
For more information on walk-in tubs or to
schedule a complimentary consultation, visit
www.Premier-Bathrooms.com or call (800)
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