Seventy six percent of Baby Boomers say that they want to continue living in their current homes as they age, but only 46% believe they’ll be able to do so, according to a recent AARP survey. What’s preventing over half of these Boomers from “aging in place”? Homes that are unable to accommodate some of the needs associated with growing older, such as reduced mobility and lower muscle strength.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the bathroom is the area of the house in which adults, regardless of age, are most likely to sustain an injury. An ADA-compliant bathroom can make it possible to live independently and safely in your home. Here are seven tips to keep in mind if you’re interested in upgrading your bathroom to age in place:
- Grab bars that double as towel racks are ideal for smaller spaces and can provide extra security.
- Additional lighting can brighten darker corners and highlight potential tripping hazards.
- Comfort-height toilet seats make navigating the bathroom easier for those with limited mobility.
- Sink/shower/tub lever handles offer a more user-friendly experience than knobs.
- Doorways should be widened to a minimum of 32 inches in order to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.
- Slip-resistant flooring in the bathtub and shower can provide extra assurance navigating what are typically slippery surfaces.
- Modern walk-in bathtubs offer comfort and safety without sacrificing style. Look for options that incorporate heating pads, jets, quick-flow drains and grab bars for extra support and comfort.
From ADA-compliant fixtures to slip-resistant technology, Re-Bath offers a full range of solutions for a thoughtfully-designed bathroom that’s as safe as it is stunning. Want to learn more about updating your bathroom with comfort and safety in mind? Schedule a free in-home design consultation.