Your home provides you with just about everything you need in your day-to-day life. As you age or experience a disability, however, it is common to find your home difficult to navigate and use safely. The bathroom can be one of the most difficult and dangerous rooms in the house for disabled and elderly people.
Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions that make the bathroom safe and useful again. Let’s take a look at the most common upgrades people use to make the bathroom accessible:
Rails and Grab Handles
Popular places to place handrails include the length of the bathroom, next to the toilet, and in the shower. They allow people to walk on wet surfaces and navigate obstacles that would normally pose severe risks.
Grab-handles provide a steady manner in which to sit down and stand up and are commonly placed next to the toilet and in the shower. Installing grab handles are a ‘must’ if you’re looking to make somebody’s life much more manageable.
But that’s not the only reason injuries commonly occur…
Slip-free carpets and mats are an excellent way to protect people from falling – and let’s face it, your bathroom floors aren’t always dry. Worried you won’t be able to find something that matches the room’s decor? Don’t be.
These safety assets are easy to find in designs and colors that will fit right in and add to the appeal of your bathroom. But let’s not forget why you need them in the first place – they provide a very safe method for moving around the bathroom.
A walk-in shower provides a curbless entry and ample room for maneuverability. They also allow more room for caregivers to provide support.
Or you could opt for a walk-in bathtub. Although they may have a small curb, they allow the user to sit more comfortably and more safely in place than a conventional bathtub.
Have questions about ADA compliant bathroom fixtures? You’re in the right place! Hero Plumbing can provide you with expert advice and quality installations so don’t hesitate to give us a ring at (612) 324-1004!