Walk-in Bathtub or Accessible Shower for your North Georgia Home?

If you or someone you care for has a disability or mobility issue, you may already realize that you have numerous mobility challenges in your North Georgia home. This is especially true when it comes to the difficulties associated with bathing. But there is hope. There are aging in place designs that can greatly assist in overcoming these domestic obstacles. Which is the most appropriate selection for you, a walk-in bathtub or an accessible shower?

  • Walk-in Tubs: Walk-in bathtubs are a great choice for those who are only mildly restricted in mobility or who require the therapeutic benefits of hydrotherapy for sports or other injuries. The tub has a door which allows for a comfortable and safe access and a generous seat to ensure a comfortable and secure bathing experience. For persons with disabilities who are able to mobilize without a wheelchair, the walk-in bathtub is often preferred to an accessible shower for the home.
  • Accessible Showers: Accessible showers are the answer for those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. These showers are level with the floor, making the transition from wheelchair to shower chair as smooth and safe a process as possible, conquering mobility challenges in your north Georgia home.

So, should you choose a walk-in bathtub or an accessible shower? Determine the needs and abilities of the primary user to ensure the correct choice, and then enjoy the freedom of independent living in your north Georgia home.

For additional information, or a free in home assessment for accessible bathroom remodeling needs, please contact Atlanta Home Modifications via the contact form below, or by telephone at 770.880.3405.

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vertical platform lift or elevator? Designed for optimum safety and comfort, stair lift equipment solves home accessibility problems. Contact us today for pricing information and to set up a home assessment, at 770.880.3405.

 

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Aging in Place Bathroom Design for Cobb County Homes

A well designed accessible bathroom is unquestionably a great asset to those who suffer from mobility issues in Cobb County. To be able to maneuver with ease through the potential hazards and challenges of a bathroom setting is certainly not something to be AquaCareBathtaken for granted. So how does one decide which aging in place bathroom design is the best?

Accessible bathrooms can provide a number of specific areas of help. Grab bars are inexpensive and easy to install and offer instant stability and support. Non-slip shower and bathroom surfaces give extra traction to prevent falls.

Some of the additional aging in place bathroom design tips for Cobb County homes include:

  • Hand held showers and a variety of tub benches give the user control and greater security during use.
  • A roll-in shower makes moving from a wheelchair to the shower a seamless transition.
  • Walk-in bathtubs have a low step entry into a luxurious therapeutic bathing experience.
  • Door enlargement provides ample room for a wheelchair to pass through.
  • Roll-under sinks allow for knee clearance and insulate from potentially hot pipes fixtures.
  • Accessible toilets come in different heights to match the specific needs of the user.

Enjoy the confidence of greater safety in moving around your Cobb County home by choosing an aging in place bathroom design suited to your specific needs. For additional information, or a free in home assessment for accessible bathroom remodeling needs, please contact Atlanta Home Modifications via the contact form below, or by telephone at 770.880.3405.

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1. Best Aging in Place Bathroom Design for Atlanta Homes
2. Aging in Place Bathroom Design Tips for Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb County Residents
3. Aging in Place Design Strategies for the Accessible Atlanta Bathroom
4. Aging In Place Design = Wise Investments + Aging With Dignity
5. Aging-In-Place Design for Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta Homes

Facts about Hydrotherapy Jets for Your Home Spa Bath

Hydrotherapy, or the therapeutic use of water, has been practiced for centuries for the relief of pain, improvement of blood circulation, and general relaxation and well-being of the individual. In the past, one had to travel to specific geographic regions in order to benefit from the healing powers of water. Now, through modern advances in engineering, hydrotherapy jets are available for your Atlanta home spa bath.

Hydrotherapy soothes and relaxes sore muscles.

Hydrotherapy soothes and relaxes sore muscles.

What exactly is hydrotherapy? What are its benefits?

Massaging hydrotherapy jets are typically included with the installation of a therapeutic walk-in spa bath. These spa jets come in different forms, or strengths, and offer singular health benefits, the particular selection of which is dependent on the needs of the primary user.

  • Whirlpool or air jets release air bubbles into the bath water, supplying a gentle massaging action, and is perfect for those with sensitive skin issues.
  • Hydrotherapy or water jets continuously recirculate the water in order to promote a stronger, more forceful massage sensation, offering special relief for such ailments as arthritis, circulatory issues, and chronic pain.

There are therapeutic hydrotherapy jets designed to meet the specific needs for your Atlanta home spa bath! Discover yours today!

The deep muscle massage of hydrotherapy (water) jets brings you the benefits of pain and ache relief, improved circulation and faster healing. (Via accessibility professionals)

For more information about hydrotherapy jets for your home spa bath, bathroom remodeling including walk-in tubs, spa bathtubs and roll-in showers in metro Atlanta or north Georgia, please contact us by telephone at 770-880-3405. (Author: J. Vernon)

 

Aging in Place Bathroom Design Tips for Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb County Residents

Are you freely able to move about your metro Atlanta or north Georgia home today, as Grab-Bars-Vertical-Bar-at-Faucet-Atlanta-Installationeasily as you were able to, years ago? For many 55+ and senior homeowners in Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb County homes, it has become difficult to navigate stairs and bathrooms due to aging or due to a disabling illness. Let’s consider some aging in place bathroom design tips as solutions!

Out of Date and Inconvenient Bathrooms
Most bathrooms in the home today do not have aging in place bathroom design features; rather, they are equipped with the standard height toilet, a vanity with cabinets underneath, the traditional bathtub with side wall and a shower stall that has a raised curb. While these may have been very easy to access and convenient for many years, they now often present an accessibility obstacle for the 55+ senior, or an individual with a disability or illness.

Popular Aging in Place Bathroom Design Projects

Aging in place bathroom design remodeling projects now being done in Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb County homes normally includes a 60-inch wheelchair or scooter turning radius, grab bars, a roll under vanity, a walk in tub or roll-in shower, accessible pull-out storage to provide accessibility and safety for the homeowner.

Are you wondering how to incorporate some aesthetically pleasing designs into your projects? If so, the NAHB Aging-In-Place Design Checklist might be suited to your needs.

In-home Aging in Place Bathroom Assessments

Atlanta Home Modifications has had the pleasure of performing many home assessmentsaging in place walk in tub bathroom spa roll-in shower Jacuzzi to evaluate home bathrooms and recommend aging in place bathroom tips and ideas for remodeling in order to make the bathroom more accessible. We recommend many basic aging in-place bathroom upgrades such as:

1. Adding handrails and grab bars
2. Addition of a luxurious spa tub 
3. Install a walk in bathtub
4. Redesign of a shower to enable an individual to roll into the shower
5. Shower with seat, light and adjustable/handheld shower head with 6-foot hose
6. Addition of accessible storage 
7. Addition of a comfort height toilet two and half inches higher than standard toilet
8. Wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect user from pipes
9. Slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower

Aging in Place Bathroom Design Tips from Atlanta Home Modifications

Atlanta Home Modifications offers aging in place bathroom design tips to help you make your home more accessible as you age, or in the event you are struggling with an illness or progressive disease that has impaired your mobility. Whether you live in Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb or Cobb County, our design consultant is available to visit your home to perform an in home assessment to offer aging in place bathroom design tips and strategies. Preventative measures to help 50+ seniors and elderly Atlanta residents stay safe include home modifications such as wheelchair ramps for homes, straight and curved stair lifts, and roll-in shower and walk-in bath installations.

 Call us today at 770-880-3405 or contact us through the contact form below.

Aging in Place Resources:

Atlanta Stair Lifts Blog | Walk-In Tubs Atlanta Blog | Wheelchair Ramps for Homes 

 Grab Bars Atlanta Blog | The Aging in Place Blog

Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist, Courtesy of the NAHB

Today, especially in the home building and remodeling industries, universal design concepts and advantages are well known. Just imagine, if 20 or 30 years ago, home builders had adopted the finer points of universal design home design. We would have far fewer seniors and people with disabilities struggling to find aging in place home modification equipment and remodeling services today. 55+ adults and seniors would be easily navigating living spaces within their homes, rather than shopping for walk in tubs and roll in showers, stair lifts, and aging in place bathroom remodeling.

Is your Atlanta home aging in place ready?

Is your Atlanta home aging in place ready?

Quoting from the NAHB article, ‘What is Universal Design’, “Everyone can use universal design! It doesn’t matter if you are young or old. You could be short or tall, healthy or ill. You might have a disability. Or you may be a prize-winning athlete. Because of universal design, people who are very different can all enjoy the same home. And that home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.”

Use the Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist, courtesy of the NAHB, to determine whether your home is aging in place-friendly.

Advances have been made throughout the home in the areas of accessible bath and kitchen fixtures and features, home automation features, and disability equipment design. The five main universal design features that every builder and homeowner would be wise to incorporate into their new homes or remodels are:

  • Zero-step entry with a level threshold at the door
  • One story barrier-free living
  • Wide doorways and hallways
  • 60’ turning radii for general comfort (and possible a wheelchair some day)
  • Lever door handles and rocker light switches

For more information, please visit the Aging in Place and Universal Design pages on the Atlanta Home Modifications website.

The Georgia Dept of Human Services Offers Community Based Disability & Home Modification Services

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Are you a senior 55+, elderly or person with disabilities desiring to remain living in your Atlanta home longer, in spite of mobility challenges? The Georgia Department of Human Services offers community based services to assist people in need, and some of the services include home modifications. The following is quoted from the GA Dept. of Human Services Division of Aging Services website, the 2008 – 2011 State Plan stated:

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program makes available a variety of services to individual consumers, and to groups of consumers, to support and assist older Georgians ( and their caregivers, when present) in maintaining their independence in their homes and communities These services support older persons and their families in living longer, living safely and living well. In SFY 2006, 36,793 individual older adults, including caregivers, received one or more HCB individual services.”

The Division of Aging Services, along with Area Agencies on Aging, offer support and services to infirm elderly and their care givers, including home modifications.

According to the 2008 – 2011 plan, one of the future areas of emphasis for the community based services is to provide additional home modifications and assistive devices to promote independence. Non-Medicaid Home and Community Based Services focus on solutions to help older Georgians live with safety and independence in their own homes.

For additional information about funding assistive technology and disability home modifications such as ramps and stair lifts, visit the Funding Resources page at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC, — an Atlanta based accessibilty design and installation company.

Walk-in Tubs for Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta Homeowners

Are you an Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta homeowner planning a bathroom remodel that will last a lifetime? Aging-in-place and universal design 55+ design principles when applied correctly to a new bathroom design, will make your bathroom accessible today, and tomorrow, as well!

Here are the primary bathroom aging-in-place design strategies: atlanta-lawrenceville-dunwoody-buckhead-marietta-stair-lift-ramp-walk-in-tub

  • A wide bathroom doorway and adjacent hallway with 60” turning radius at the end of the hall;
  • Accessible bathroom fixtures with grab bars and roll-in shower or walk-in bathtub;
  • Lever handles on doors and faucets, and rocker panel light switches;
  • Remote lock and unlocking door hardware.

The main Universal design features for the home include:

  • Level access to at least one exterior door;
  • One bedroom and one bath on the main level;
  • Wide doorways and hallways to move easily from room to room;
  • Accessible bathroom facilities on the main floor;
  • Extra floor space for roominess, and wheelchair freedom;
  • Stacked closets for future residential home elevators.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC  offers accessibility expertise, certified aging-in-place specialization and home modifications experience to assist you with the selection and installation of a new Ella’s Walk-In Tub for your home, EZ-Access aluminum ramps, and Bruno, Sterling and Savaria Stair Lifts.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC provides accessible stair lifts, wheelchair platform lifts, wood and metal ramps, roll-in showers and roll-under sinks for homeowners in North Georgia Communities including Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta.

Contact the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC for a complimentary home assessment by calling 770.880.3405, or by email at  Info@AtlantaHomeMods.com. Visit the Atlanta Home Mods website for more information about how to apply aging-in-place accessibility design strategies to your Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta Home.

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Aging-In-Place Design for Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta Homes

Are you planning to live in your Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta home for your lifetime? The following aging-in-place and universal design principles apply to making your home accessible for today, and for tomorrow, too!

The primary aging-in-place design strategies include:

  • Zero-step entry with level access (no steps) from the driveway to the door at a atlanta-lawrenceville-dunwoody-buckhead-marietta-stair-lift-ramp-walk-in-tubminimum of one outside door on the main floor;
  • Wide doorways and hallways with 60” turning radius at the end of the hall;
  • Accessible Bathroom with grab bars and roll-in shower or walk-in bathtub;
  • Lever handles on doors and faucets, and rocker panel light switches;
  • Remote lock and unlocking door hardware.

Universal design principles include level access to at least one exterior door; One-story living with the dining, living room, and at least one bedroom and one bath on the main level; Wide doorways and hallways to move easily from room to room; Accessible walk-in tub or roll-in shower; Extra floor space for roominess, and wheelchair freedom; and stacked closets for future residential home elevators.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC  has the accessibility expertise, certified-aging-in-place specialization and home modifications experience to assist you with the selection and installation of a new Ella’s Walk-In Tub for your home, EZ-Access aluminum ramps, and Bruno, Sterling and Savaria Stair Lifts.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC provides accessible stair lifts, wheelchair platform lifts, wood and metal ramps, roll-in showers and roll-under sinks for homeowners in North Georgia Communities including Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta.

Contact the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC for a complimentary home assessment by calling 770.880.3405, or by email at  Info@AtlantaHomeMods.com . Visit the Atlanta Home Mods websitefor more information about how to apply aging-in-place accessibility design strategies to your Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta Home.

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