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Bath Modifications for Aging at Home

Bath Modifications for Aging at Home

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

As we age, our physical strength and ability start to diminish making many aspects of a home dangerous unless precautions are taken. The main room where most elderly get hurt is the bathroom due to slipping, falling, and tripping. Luckily there are many actions you can take to create a safer bathroom for you or your loved one.

  • Roll in, barrier-free shower. Trying to get in and out of the bathtub is a huge safety hazard. The modification is not a cheap fix due to the cost ranging anywhere between $3,000-$5,000. However, this is one of best ways to eliminate the most dangerous part of your home.

  • Tub cut out. If you don’t want to get a roll in barrier-free shower, another option to consider is a tub cutout. This is where an installer cuts a U-shaped opening in the tub making it easier for you to get in the shower/tub.

  • Non-slip tiles. These tiles have many names like textured, non-slip, skid resistant, etc. As long as the tiles don’t say polished or honed, then they should be reliable tiles to have in your bathroom in order to minimize the chances of slipping.

  • Grab bars. Grab bars are a great way to have the extra sense of support to help you feel safe in the bathroom. You can use grab bars anywhere in your bathroom where you may have a fear of falling.

  • Backless-bench. Using a backless bench for your tub/shower also minimizes risk of slipping in the tub and it will allow for an easier shower for you or your loved one. If you are thinking of this option, it may be smart to invest in a movable shower head too.

  • No-slip strips. If nothing else, put no-slip strips on the floor of your bathtub/shower. These strips work very well and are only about $6 and can make your bathroom more safe.

Heartland PCA suggests a mixture of these 6 improvements. The easiest modification is the No-slip strips and the more complicated (and expensive) is the roll in barrier-free shower. Modifying your house to make it safer is work, but it is well worth the work to feel safe in the most dangerous part of your house. Contact Heartland PCA if you have any questions or need recommendations.

 

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