Bathroom Updates for Safety

February 16, 2017

The ability to age in the comfort of ones own home requires the easy access and use of the bathroom. There are a wide variety of bathroom updates for safety which can make a home more easy to use, and safer. Here at The Bath Doctor, we specialize in Maryland bathroom remodeling for seniors so we know all the different types of bathroom updates for safety in the industry.

Here are some of the more common bathroom updates for safety.

Replace the Tub with a Shower

A traditional bathtub is harder to get in and out of compared to a standing or seated shower. A simple bathroom update to improve the safety of the home is to replace the existing bathtub with a walk-in shower. A new shower can be built to incorporate a small barrier wall, a ramp, or a beveled edge to keep the water in the shower. Another shower option is to incorporate a seat for those who struggle with standing for long periods of time.

barrier-free standing shower with ramp

Tub Cut Out

Sometimes, replacing a dual-purpose shower/tub isn’t an option for various reasons. A simple solution would be to update the bathtub with a tub cut out that essentially adds a door to the wall of the bathtub. Having a bathroom remodeling company install these tub cut-outs not only ensures easier access to the shower but also makes it so the door doesn’t leak when the tub is full of water.

Walk-in Tubs

Another bathroom update for safety would be to have a walk-in tub installed in your bathroom. A walk-in tub is a great option for those looking to provide comfort and accessibility in their bathroom but with smaller space requirements. For help with installing a walk-in tub, get in touch with your Maryland bathroom remodeling company today to ensure it is installed correct and to code.

High Comfort Toilet

Most standard toilets are at 14 inches from the floor, which can be a bit difficult to stand up from for most adults. One way to improve the safety and comfort of your home is to install a taller, high comfort toilet. High comfort toilets are typically 17 inches tall, which is about the same height as a dining-room chair. At this height, it’s easier and safer to sit down and get up from a seated position.

Grab Bars and Accessories

A lot of in-home slips and falls happen in the bathroom. By installing grab bars in strategic areas of the bathroom, a homeowner can reduce the amount of falls by having more areas to hold on to while showering, walking, or standing up.

For more help with updating your bathroom for safety, get in touch with The Bath Doctor today. We can meet with you to discuss all the options available for your specific bathroom, and then install whatever options fit your lifestyle. For a free estimate, call The Bath Doctor at 410-444-4133 or fill out the form on our website today!

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