With the help of bathroom remodeling, aging in place is safer than ever before.
The Baby Boomer generation is getting older, and today, there are 65.2 million baby boomers who are making big choices about their future. There are many options for aging Americans, from assisted living facilities to retirement communities, but more and more people are choosing to stay at home. This is called aging in place, and there are, unfortunately, many risks associated with it. One of the biggest risks of aging in place is, believe it or not, the bathroom. Falls are the leading cause of hospital admissions and fatal injuries for older adults, and the number one place where falls occur in the home is the bathroom. Luckily though, there are many things you can do to make your bathroom safer for aging in place, and Daniels Design & Remodeling can help.
Enhance your bathroom with a universal design.
Because you never know what might happen in the next few years, months, weeks or even days, one of the smartest things you can do to prepare yourself for successfully aging at home is to remodel your bathroom with a universal design. Universal design is basically designing a space so that it is functional for everyone, regardless of age or physical limitation. Here in Northern Virginia, Daniels Design & Remodeling is proud to be your go-to company for all bathroom remodeling projects, and universal design is one of our specialties. Here are a few tips from our experts to help you redesign your bathroom for aging in place.
#1. Remodel a bathroom on the main floor.
Before you start remodeling your bathroom, you have to determine which one to remodel. If your home has bathrooms on multiple levels, then the smartest bathroom for you to remodel is the one on the main floor. Keep in mind that, as you get older, you may not be able to climb up and down the stairs as easily, and this will ensure that you’re investing in remodeling a bathroom you’ll always be able to access.
#2. Make the shower and/or bathtub accessible.
Slips and falls from getting into or getting out of the shower are all too common for people of all ages, but for people who already have trouble balancing, the problem is even more concerning. But the good news is that there are lots of ways to make your bathtub or shower more accessible. For example, you could add a seat in the shower and install a handheld shower head. If you have a bathtub, you could consider replacing it with a walk-in tub.
At Daniels Design & Remodeling, we make aging in place safer.
There are many slip and fall dangers around the house, but with the help of the team at Daniels Design & Remodeling, you can minimize the risks and make aging in place safer. These are just a couple of things you can do to make your bathroom safer for your changing needs. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more. Or, if you’re ready to start remodeling your bathroom with a universal design, contact us today to schedule your conversation.