Shower Options for the Elderly
For older adults, the bathroom can be a hazardous space. Our experts at Express Bath specialize in creating safer bathrooms so the elderly can maintain their independence even as their mobility changes. Below, you’ll learn more about the different shower options available here in Northern Alabama so you can plan your upcoming bathroom remodel.
If you have a tub and shower combination in your home, keep in mind that stepping over the high side of the tub can become harder as you get older. When people come to us looking for safer shower options for the elderly, we almost always recommend replacing a tub and shower combination with a walk-in shower.
Most walk-in showers have a threshold entrance smaller than three inches, which makes it easier for those with limited mobility to climb in and out safely.
Different Types of Walk-In Showers
We pride ourselves on helping customers find the perfect solution for their bathing needs. If you’re considering a walk-in shower for your home, you can learn more about some of the different types below.
Traditional Walk-In Showers
One amazing option for a walk-in shower is one that has no doors and instead has a single glass panel on the side to help with splash control. This is a great option for local homeowners with small bathrooms.
Barrier-Free Walk-In Showers
If you’d prefer a shower that has an even shorter threshold, consider adding a barrier-free walk-in shower during your remodeling project. Designed with mobility in mind, barrier-free walk-in showers have a curb less than 1 ¼ inches high, with some models having a completely curb-less design. Barrier-free walk-in showers can be designed to be compatible with wheelchairs and walkers, so you can continue using them even if your mobility changes.
Walk-In Showers With Enclosures
This type of walk-in shower has two walls made from the bathroom walls and the other two walls are frameless glass panels. These shower options are eye-catching and perfect for elderly people who would like to stay safe while creating a design statement in their bathrooms.
Safe Shower Accessories
Adding a walk-in shower to your home is a great way to help prevent bathroom injuries, but that’s just the first step. Let Express Bath help make your walk-in shower even safer by adding the following accessories to the space.
When you have limited mobility, standing to shower can take a toll. Consider installing a comfortable seat in your walk-in shower so you can sit while you bathe. We have different shower seat options available, including built-in seats that match your shower walls as well as fold-up seats that you can use when needed.
Slip Resistant Flooring
Many of the injuries that occur in the bathroom happen when the elderly slip and fall. One of the best ways to help prevent this from happening is to add slip resistant flooring to your walk-in shower area. This can help keep you upright while you bathe and give you extra stability. It’s also a good idea to add non-slip flooring outside of your shower. If nothing else, a slip-resistant bath mat can go a long way in helping to prevent a dangerous fall when getting out of the shower.
When we’re renovating a bathroom for elderly customers, we often recommend installing grab bars in the shower area. These sturdy, strategically placed bars can hold your weight so you can support yourself while climbing in or out of the shower or even while you bathe. Adding grab bars to your shower along with a seat is one of the best combinations to help you stay safe and prevent slipping and falling.
Anti-Scald Shower Valves
While many people don’t think about it, very hot water poses a safety threat to the elderly. You can help prevent dangerous burns by adding anti-scald water valves to your walk-in shower, which help regulate fluctuating temperatures. These valves can prevent dangerously hot water from coming out while you bathe, giving you peace of mind that you’ll stay safe.
Explore Our Safe Shower Options
Now that you know more about some safe shower options we offer for the elderly, we hope you feel more prepared to start planning your upcoming bathroom remodel. Our installers specialize in safe showers for the elderly and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. When you’re ready to take the next step, please call 256-502-9587 or contact us online.