Statistics show that bathrooms are the most dangerous room in our homes. As we age there is a higher likelihood of a bathroom fall. Often, these types of falls result in a serious injury requiring placement in a rehab facility or nursing home. So why don’t more seniors adjust their bathrooms as they get older?
In my discussions with fellow seniors, three issues tend to emerge that prevent them from improving their own bathroom danger zone: procrastination, aesthetics, and a distorted notion of costs. We seniors often believe part of staying young is ignoring the fact we are getting older. We sometimes believe that making our home bathroom safe – makes it look institutional, and finally we just don’t want to spend the money.
Statistics from the National Institute on Aging indicate falls by seniors are the most serious threat to our health and independence. Just the introduction of a walk-in shower, shower bench, well placed grab bars, and non-skip bathroom rugs, can significantly reduce our chances of a bathroom related injury. More recently, product lines for grab bars, and other bathroom products, are available to tastefully compliment your existing home décor. We have clients that install custom made grab bars that are anchored to wall studs and serve as towel racks. We urge you to invite an experienced aging in place contractor for a look at your bathroom. The cost of a few changes is minimal compared to what you may have to spend to recover from a fall related injury.
Look for our Home Safety Month accessibility weekly tips in This Week newspapers throughout the entire month of March. March. If you are in interested in learning how we can increase safety in your home, please call our office to schedule an appointment with our accessible bathroom team. Our team is standing by to answer your questions, 1.614. 418.7725.