Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. According to the CDC, over 230,000 adults visit the hospital after suffering bathroom-related injuries in the home—including slips and falls. For elderly household members or those with limited mobility, bathroom accidents are even more of a risk. This can mean depending on someone else to help them bathe or perform other important, daily duties in the bathroom, which can affect the independence of their lives within the home.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk (or completely prevent) serious injuries or even fatalities from happening in the bathroom. If you or someone in your household is living with mobility issues, take a look at this helpful and informative guide from Bath Planet of Denver and Nebraska for ideas on improving accessibility in your bathroom.
ADA Compliant Tub and Shower Upgrades
One of the best ways for those living with low mobility issues is to switch out their traditional tub and shower products with ADA-compliant, safe and accessible ones. At Bath Planet of Denver and Nebraska, one of the most popular bathroom renovations we complete is the installation of walk-in tubs and barrier-free showers.
- Walk-In Tubs: Walk-in tubs come in a variety of presentations, and are designed for the handicapped, elderly, and many other people living with mobility issues. The walk-in tub features a small door that opens out and closes tightly shut, and a seat and controls that are strategically positioned to the height and measurements of the person using it. These features significantly reduce the risk of slippery falls that happen when climbing in and out of a bathtub.
- Barrier-Free Showers: Showers can be dangerous as well, especially for those set with high step-in platforms. A barrier-free shower features an open side that stays level to the flooring of the bathroom, preventing slips and falls. This option is perfect for those that prefer showering to bathing, and can be customized to the style preferences of each customer.
- Step-Thru Inserts: Step-thru inserts can be installed to fit over any bathtub, converting it into a safe and accessible walk-in shower.
Helpful Accessories for Accessibility
One of the best ways to improve accessibility in the bathroom is to install grab bars and other accessories in strategic areas. Grab bars by the toilet seat, inside the shower, and above the bathtub can help homeowners stand up safely and securely when necessary.
Handheld shower heads can also help to improve safety standards in the bathroom. Handheld shower heads provide homeowners with an easy-to-reach shower head accessory that eliminates the need to reach up high to adjust the flow of water. They also make extra movements that can lead to trips and falls in the shower or tub unnecessary.
Bathrooms are wet places—and can be one of the primary places for slips and falls to happen in the home. The floor of your bathroom, including the shower and bathtub floors, can also be a problem. Keeping them dry and free from soapy residue is incredibly important, especially when living in a household with low mobility residents.
A great way to reduce the risk of falls is to focus on the floors. Non-slip flooring like vinyl or rubber are great alternatives to slippery flooring like ceramic or porcelain tile. Additionally, you can install no-slip adhesive strips to the floor in areas where you need it the most—like in the shower, the tub, or just outside both to allow for better grip when using them.
Lowered Sinks and Vanities
If you or someone in your household struggles to reach the vanity or sink area of the bathroom, it’s a good time to think about replacing it. Lower-positioned sinks and vanities can make your life a lot easier—while preventing serious injuries like slips and falls.
ADA Compliant Bathroom Remodeling from Bath Planet of Denver and Nebraska
If you’re thinking about upgrading your home with a walk-in tub, a barrier-free shower, or other ADA-friendly shower replacement or bathtub replacement, our expert team of bathroom remodeling contractors at Bath Planet of Denver and Nebraska would love to speak with you. For more information about our products and installation services, give us a call to speak with a representative now. Or, simply fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation pricing estimate and consultation in your home.