November 5, 2019
Aging in Place with Thoughtful Bathroom Remodeling
August 15, 2018
If you plan on spending the rest of your life in your current home, then you should start planning for the future. After all, our capabilities change as we age and what works for you now, may not work as well in ten or twenty years.
Let’s take a look at some thoughtful bathroom remodeling that will help you age in place successfully.
What is Aging in Place?
Aging in place is a concept that focuses on older adults being able to remain in their homes with a positive quality of life for as long as possible. This can include everything from home remodeling to investing in care services which improve quality of life. Even if you’re not at the age of enjoying senior discounts, we will all be there one day.
What Are Dangers for Seniors in the Bathroom?
There are many dangers to be faced within the bathroom, for seniors and younger folk alike. If you were to slip and fall in the bathtub, there is a strong chance of serious injury including head trauma. In fact, head trauma is one of the most likely forms of injury sustained in the bathroom according to a study done by the CDC in 2008. This danger can be multiplied if you have a glass shower-door as they can shatter upon impact if you were to fall.
Not only that, but our vision changes as we age and bright lights reflected off of white surfaces has the potential to be quite disorienting.
Thankfully, there are a lot of ways you can make your bathroom safer.
Thoughtful Bathroom Remodeling for Aging in Place
Tub to Shower Conversions
Stepping over the side of the bathtub can cause issues for older adults who struggle with balance. We offer a wide variety of customization with many safe to enter shower options in a variety of colors and styles.
These showers are very easy to enter and exit because of their very low or non-existent barrier at their base. We can also design these to include ramps, beveled edges, or other helpful characteristics for seniors who struggle with mobility issues.
Grab bars are easy-to-install bars you can use throughout your home to help support yourself. They can aid in getting up or sitting down on toilets, staying steady in the shower, or maneuvering throughout your home. They’re a highly effective, inexpensive addition to any plan to age in place within your current residence.
For those of you who plan to take baths into their golden years, we recommend the walk-in tub. These tubs are specifically designed with an entry door for safe, stress-free access.
Slippery floors can be a big problem for anyone, but we have plentiful options for durable, safe, no-slip flooring for your bathroom.
Aging in Place with Bath Doctor
If you’re interested in aging in place, then call on Bath Doctor. Our design/build process makes your future simple. When you’re ready to take the first step with a bathroom remodeling company in Maryland, give us a call at (410) 444-4133 or fill out the contact form on our website.