We use the bathroom every day – in fact, 5-7 times a day! We can all agree, it is an important room in our homes. With up to 70% of accidents happening in the bathroom, it is also the most dangerous room, especially as we age. Being proactive is the key to fall prevention. With a little effort and the right safety modifications, you can make the bathroom a safe and relaxing place for everyone in the household.

Working directly with families, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, our construction team has changed the lives of so many families, simply by starting in the bathroom. Below is a list of the most needed and popular accessibility updates that add extra safety, without a costly remodel.

• Strategically placed grab bars, in and out of the shower
• Non-slip mats,and surfaces
• Safety seat,securely mounted
• Raised toilet seat
• Quality lighting for night
• Safety glass or plastic shower doors • Curbless Showers/Walk-inTubs

The key to getting started is finding an experienced and qualified accessibility partner. One that has a proven local track record of working with seniors, which includes letting the homeowner choose products that fit their personal style. Aging is personal, and something that we will all do. You, your spouses, or your parent’s safety net starts in the bathroom.

Home Safety month is a public awareness campaign developed by Creative Renovations to help seniors and families stay safely and happily in their homes for as long as they choose. Look for our Home Safety Month accessibility weekly tips here throughout March. Also, visit our website at www.accessibilityrenovations.org for additional information, including client videos or to schedule your own appointment with our accessible bathroom team. Our team is standing by to answer your questions, 1.614. 418.7725.

Patrick Rafter, President/CEO of Creative Renovations, a non-profit accessibility construction community partner serving Greater Columbus for over 20 years.