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Aging In Place: Bathrooms

As the American population ages, homeowners are increasingly interested in remodeling modifications that can help them stay in their homes longer – or age in place.  One of the first rooms to consider when remodeling your home for added age adaptability is the bathroom.  Some of these simple adaptations can increase a home’s safety and livability for older residents for years to come.

 

Add A Railing: According to the Center For Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of death for seniors ages 65 and older.  To help prevent bathroom stumbles, add grab bars to your shower stall, bath tub or toilet area to assist in climbing in or out of these respective spaces.  For additional bathroom support, consider adding a bench or a fold down seat to your shower stall.  Benches can provide the perfect solution for those who need to sit in the shower or anyone who needs a little additional stability.

 

Change Your Flooring: To prevent slipping and sliding, replace smooth and polished floors (which can provide a sipping hazard when wet) with a heavier texture flooring option to provide additional traction.

 

Adjust The Height: While standard toilets are low to the floor, taller models are available.  Installing a toilet with added height can make getting up or down easier on older users. Vanities can also benefit from a height increase, as higher vanities prevent the need to stoop or lean over sinks.

 

Brighten Your Room: While lighting is a key component of any room, it becomes increasingly important when dealing with older populations who may struggle with weaker vision.  With this in mind, add additional bathroom lighting or consider brightening lighting wherever possible.  Moreover, replacing traditional light switches with rocker switches can make turning lights on and off easier for arthritic hands.

 

To help make these or other aging in place home renovations contact Homecare Inc.

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