How Do You Renovate a Bathroom for Seniors?
More than ever before, seniors are opting to stay in their homes for the long term instead of moving into nursing homes or retirement communities. Are you also hoping to age in place? If so, we recommend remodeling your bathroom for seniors into a safer space to help prevent injuries.
Express Bath specializes in creating beautiful and safe bathrooms for seniors, with all the updates you need to help you maintain your independence as you age.
Make Updates to the Bathing Area
The most dangerous area in your bathroom is the tub or shower area. So, the most important renovation you can make when creating a bathroom for the elderly is making a safer bathing area. It’s important to learn about shower options for the elderly.
Add a Walk-In Shower
One option is to install a barrier-free walk-in shower in your bathroom. With an entrance that’s flush with the floor, you won’t have to worry about tripping and falling when stepping into your shower, giving you extra peace of mind as you get older.
Convert Your Tub to a Shower
If your bathroom only has a tub, but you’d like to add a walk-in shower to the space, we can do that too. We specialize in tub-to-shower conversion services, removing your old bathtub and putting a safe, easy-to-use shower right in its place.
Install a Walk-In Tub
Another option is to install a walk-in tub in your bathroom. If you have a hard time comfortably standing while you bathe, a walk-in tub allows you to sit back, relax, and bathe with ease. Our walk-in tubs have a safe entry door, a comfortable seat, and support bars, helping you to maintain your independence as you get older. Learn more about the best bath for the elderly.
Make Sure You Have Adequate Lighting
Poor lighting in your bathroom makes it harder to navigate, especially at night. We recommend plugging in motion-activated night lights as well as brighter light bulbs so you can see around your bathroom and avoid tripping and falling, no matter the time of day.
Install Grab Bars Around Your Bathroom
Even with a walk-in shower or tub, there’s still a risk that you may feel unstable when you’re bathing. For extra security, we recommend installing grab bars that can support your weight. As a good rule of thumb, you should install these in your tub or shower area and near your toilet.
Put in a Raised Toilet Seat
As you get older, you might find that it’s harder to lower yourself onto a standard toilet. Fortunately, there’s an easy, cost-effective solution to fix this. You can install a secure raised toilet seat so you don’t have to lower yourself down as far when using the toilet.
Your raised toilet seat will lock into place on your toilet, so you don’t have to worry about it slipping while using it.
Install a Shower or Bath Seat
One of the best ways to stay safe while you bathe is to add a seat to your tub or shower. We offer built-in seats in our walk-in shower models, allowing you to safely sit down as needed. Our bath seats can also assist you if you have a traditional bathtub.
All of our shower and bath seat options are comfortable and secure, giving you the stability you need as your mobility levels change.
Incorporate Non-Slip Flooring for Your Bathroom for Seniors
When you add a new tub or shower to your bathroom, opt to add non-slip flooring to prevent dangerous falls while you bathe. For a low-cost, extra security precaution, don’t forget to put down a non-slip bath mat to help keep you upright when you step out of your tub or shower area.
Install Anti-Scald Valves in Your Tub or Shower
One of the less talked about dangers in the bathroom is burns from hot water. When creating a safe bathroom for seniors, consider adding anti-scald valves to help prevent burning yourself with water that’s too hot.
Create a Safe Bathroom for Seniors With the Help of Express Bath
Whether you’re making proactive plans to age in place or you’re already noticing a decline in your mobility, our installers are here to help you create a safe bathroom for seniors by making the updates we discussed above. If you’re looking for ways to help prevent injuries, remodel a handicap bathroom, and maintain your independence as you get older, we’re simply the best choice for the job. To get started, please call 256-502-9587 or contact us online.