Outside Of The Bathroom
Accessibility doesn’t only apply to the bathroom space! It’s important to ensure there is a clear path in and out of the bathroom. Be sure to remove all clutter or unnecessary objects from the hallways and entryways. We all know how it feels to stub a toe – ouch!
Even worse, trying to find your way in the dark – a great tip is to plug in a nightlight or a motion-sensor light so you can see the path ahead (especially if you’re in a rush to get to the bathroom).
You may think your path is clear once you’ve installed pathway lighting and moved that old credenza, but the decluttering doesn’t stop there. Rugs and floor mats can sneak up at a moment’s notice, and can be especially dangerous if it gets snagged by a rollator or walker. Consider moving your hallway runners to another area of the house that doesn’t have as much foot traffic.
Inside The Bathroom
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), using data collected from 2012-2018, falls are the leading cause of injury among adults aged ≥65 years, who in 2014 experienced an estimated 29 million falls, resulting in 7 million fall-related injuries.
The CDC’s study found that the most hazardous activities included bathing, showering or getting out of the tub or shower.
When it comes to home safety and accessibility, bathrooms are one of the first places in the home to take preventative measures. Here are a few tips that can help you create a safer bathing environment, especially if you or someone you know is of older age or more prone to slips and falls.
Install Grab Bars - These can allow older adults to steady themselves as they come in and out of the shower or bath.
Use a Shower Seat - If you or someone you know has difficulty standing for long periods of time, a shower seat can provide stability and comfort.
Non-Slip Mats - Slippery surfaces and water, infamously, do not mix well. To prevent slips and falls outside of the shower or bathtub, stick non-slip mats on the floor of your shower and the entryway of the shower for added safety.
Keep Things Close - An accident can happen in the blink of an eye, so the less you have to strain to grab your towel or loofah, the better. Make sure to keep either a shower caddy closeby or have your items within an arm's reach.
Make A Barrier - Keep the water in the wet areas! Opt for either a weighted shower curtain or a glass shower door so you can ensure no water goes on the floor.
Upgrade To A Walk-In Tub - Consider opting for a more permanent fixture if showering is too physically demanding. A walk-in tub is built for safety; featuring a low-step entrance, grab bars, and a built-in door. This can be a game-changer if you’re looking to enjoy bathing for relaxation again.
Ask for Help
When planning a bathroom remodel, most homeowners don’t have all the answers. At Mad City, we have a large team dedicated to quality construction, safe installations and excellent customer service.