Make your bathroom safe with these special features
Whether you're concerned about an elderly parent or had one too many close calls, safety in your bathroom should always be a top priority. Bathrooms are often one of the most dangerous spaces in our homes due to slips and falls. A recent analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 37.3% of injuries occurred while bathing, showering, or getting out of the tub or shower. Another 17.3% involved slipping, including slipping while bathing. When renovating your bathroom or replacing your shower or tub, safety should always be top of mind.
Take a moment to look around your bathroom and think about how you use it. You may see many opportunities to improve safety, whether that's increasing mobility or providing helpful assistance along the way. Here are three improvements Expo Home Improvement offers that can make it safer for everyone.
Easier shower access
Replacing your current bathtub or shower with a roll-in or walk-in shower is a great option for anyone who needs to increase accessibility. Walk-in showers are designed with shallow curbs and have a very low barrier to step over with ease at the entryway. On the other hand, roll-in showers are perfect for those who need wheelchair entry. The shower floor is essentially flush with your existing floor, so you can get right in. They're also designed with a specially-engineered sloping shower floor so water drains and flows only where it should go. In addition to safety and accessibility benefits, these types of showers don't require curtains or doors. Many of our customers appreciate them for their spaciousness and open look.
After considering options for your shower or tub, there are tons of add-on features that can make any bathroom safer. Non-slip flooring or treads will help feet grip the tub or floor and lower the risk of falling. Safety bars, grips, and rails can also be added in just the right place to provide support. These are essential to anyone who needs to maneuver around their bathroom safely. When grabbed, they bear your full weight, preventing falls while providing assistance with balance. Both are essential to any bathroom for senior members of your family or the elderly.
In addition, special seating in your tub or shower can not only make it more comfortable but also provide a secure place for anyone to get clean, especially the seniors who need assistance. Many seats are foldable and neatly tuck away when not in use. Also, adding a hand-held showerhead enables more flexibility for getting clean since you can point the shower spray exactly where it needs to go.
Cleanliness and sanitation
New materials and technologies are helping everyone keep their bathroom cleaner, especially at a time when we need it most. From the ground up, all of our solid surface acrylic products are created to be sanitary, thanks to Silver Shield™ anti-microbial protection. Our showers, bathtubs, and bathroom surfaces use this technology that weaves silver ions throughout which naturally prevents the growth of mold and mildew. And, for the elderly or even those among us who simply just hate cleaning: they're a cinch to clean. You simply clean with a soft cloth and approved cleaner - no abrasive products or scrubbing pads needed.
Make your bathroom safe today
Whether planning for aging in your home, taking care of an elderly parent, or simply because you're smart and safety-minded: Expo Home Improvement can make your bathroom safer and more beautiful. Schedule an in-home consultation today and you'll be one step closer to a safe bathroom with a same-day or future appointment.