Best Aging in Place Bathroom Design for Atlanta Homes

Increasing numbers of disabled and elderly Atlanta residents are opting to remain independent by remodeling their existing home, thereby taking advantage of the many wonderful aging in place bathroom designs which create safe, accessible and functional space.

Some notable features of aging in place bathroom designs include the following: kp tub

  • Grab bars, both horizontal and vertical, are often the first mobility tool implemented. They are practical, easy to install and add a great deal of reassurance concerning bathroom safety.
  • Roll-under and wall-mounted sinks provide easy access for wheelchair users, and offer such benefits as insulated pipes and hot-and-cold water moderation options.
  • Accessible toilets come in a variety of heights and styles, to make use much simpler and safer.
  • Doorway widening is also immensely practical, as this allows a wheelchair or scooter to glide easily, without bumps and potential hazards, in and out of the bathroom entryway. This is either accomplished through the removal of the door and enlargement of the door frame itself, or by putting an offset hinge on the existing door to facilitate more space.

If you are trying to determine the best aging in place bathroom design option for your Atlanta home, contact Atlanta Home Modifications for an in-home assessment today, via the contact form below or by telephone to 770.880.3405.

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Tips & Ideas for Aging in Place Home Remodeling for the Bathroom

Aging in place home remodeling has become very popular as an ever-growing portion of jacuzzi_walk-in_tub_Atlanta_GA_accessibilitythe population fits the Senior 55+ description. Aging in place home remodeling for the bathroom space requires special consideration. For example, consider strategically placed grab bars — you might be surprised at how useful they are for friends and family members of all ages. Another consideration is a walk in tub or roll in shower. Which would you prefer?

Advantages of a Walk-In Tub Over a Roll-In Shower

The walk-in tub provides a pleasant soaking experience, similar to a regular bathtub. Equipped with aging in place safety features such as an anti-slip bottom, grab bars and a bench seat, the walk-in tub offers the best safety options with the highest level of bathing experience for the mobility impaired individual. For those who cannot stand for long periods, the walk-in bathtub allows easy access to bathing. A final advantage of a walk-in tub over a roll-in shower is the relaxing bathing experience found in the tub. Many walk-in tubs are available with multiple spray jets, digital temperature and thermostatic controls, and hydrotherapy — perfect as part of a home remodeling for the bathroom.

If you are considering a home remodeling project to upgrade your home to be better prepared for your senior years, Sam Clark, builder and author of “The Real Goods Independent Builder: Designing & Building a House Your Own Way” and “Remodeling a Kitchen“, has the following suggestions. Remodel your home to include:

  • Ground level living with a minimum of a bedroom, bath and kitchen on the first flooraging in place home remodeling for the bathroom
  • Widen doorways to 32-inch to accommodate a wheelchair, which requires a 60-inch turning radius
  • One level entry, preferably at the front, with a no-barrier door threshold
  • Plan for the future, by providing such things as wall reinforcement for future grab bars, electrical conduit and a shaft for an elevator if anticipated, etc.
  • Storage in the “optimal reach zone” — the space between 20 inches and 44 inches above the floor to a depth of 20 inches away from your body. Use drawers instead of cupboards for easy slide-out access to all of the stored objects.
  • Lever handles at all doors, electrical outlets higher than normal and switches lower than normal
  • Non-skid flooring with either hard floors or low-pile carpet

Aging In Place Home and Bathroom Remodeling Experts

For more information about walk-in tubs and roll-in showers as part of an aging in place home remodeling for the bathroom, contact the experts at Stair Lifts Atlanta / Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC. We will visit you in metro Atlanta or north Georgia, evaluate your home, and provide design and pricing information. The areas we serve include Athens, Atlanta, Gainesville, Buford, Canton, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Cartersville, Douglasville, Newnan, LaGrange, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, McDonough and Stockbridge. Contact us today at 770.880.3405.

Resources:

University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology

The Center for Universal Design at No. Carolina State Univ

Universal Design Alliance

 

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.

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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Fall Proofing Tips for 50+ Seniors & Elderly in Atlanta Homes

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A walk-in bathtub with a door, as used by 50+ seniors, disabled / mobility impaired. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While falling down stairs is one of the leading causes of injury among 50+ seniors and the elderly, not all homes have stairs. The other room where most falls occur is something every house has: the bathroom. With sometimes slick floors, slippery showers and moisture all around, bathrooms can be a dangerous place for 50+ seniors & elderly in Atlanta homes.

However, the bathroom can be made much safer and accessible with the right assistive technology and home modification accessibility upgrades.

Bathroom Fall Prevention
Most bathrooms are poorly designed for the elderly or those who are mobility impaired. Space is limited and most homes come with a shower/bathtub combo which requires stepping over the side of the tub. All of these factors make the bathroom potentially unsafe. Here are some ways to help lower the danger.

  • Walk-In Bathtubs: For those who cannot stand for long periods of time (or at all), the walk-in bathtub allows easy access to bathing without having to hoist oneself dangerously into a contemporary tub.
  • Roll-In Showers: These showers not only have easier access but are designed to be used while safely seated. These showers also have the space needed for a caregiver to help out.
  • Grab Bars: Strategically installed around the bathroom can give a fall preventing hand-hold. Additionally can be used to hoist oneself out of a wheelchair.
  • Safety Lights: Bathrooms get steamy which can disorient the elderly. Backlit LED lights help keep a person oriented and safe.

Home Modifications–Ramps, Stair lifts and Bathroom Upgrades
Preventative measures to help 50+ seniors and elderly Atlanta residents stay safe include home modifications such as wheelchair ramps for homes, straight and curved stairlifts, and roll-in shower and walk-in bath installations. Would any of these give you the safety and security you require to be protected in your home?

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Atlanta and North Georgia Walk-In Tubs and Roll-In Showers

Atlanta Home Modifications has the accessibility expertise, the certified-aging-in-place certification training, and the home modifications experience to assist you with the selection and installation of a new walk-in tub for your home.

Ella’s walk-in tubs offer every necessary and optional feature you will require to enjoy the comfort and convenience of bathing safely in your home. The Deluxe model size is 29.5” x 55” (59” with extension) x40”. It features Ella’s Dual Drain Technology,  which is made up of dual 2” brass & copper drains, two copper overflows for dependable drainage, two separate drain handles for easier operation and an 80 second draining time, when draining from a full level.

As you consider alternatives for gaining access to the master bathroom or main floor bath of your home after surgery or a disabling illness, contact the accessibility experts at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC. We utilize our knowledge of accessibility equipment and ADA requirements to specify walk-in tubs, wheelchair roll-in showers, roll-under sinks and grab bars for bathrooms in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.

Contact the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC for walk-in tubs and wheelchair roll-in showers by calling 770.880.3405 or by visiting our Atlanta Home Mods website, today.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC provides disability equipment and home modifications including stair lifts, wheelchair platform lifts, wood and metal ramps, roll-in showers and roll-under sinks for residents of neighboring communities, such as Clarkston, Cleveland, Commerce, Stone Mountain, Conyers, Smyrna, Covington, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Lithonia, and Cumming.

Contact us to create a well coordinated, attractive and useful walk-in tub, or roll-in shower installation for your bathroom, in Dacula, Dahlonega, Dalton, Decatur, Duluth, East Point, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Flowery Branch, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Dekalb, GA, Mableton,  Marietta,  Acworth,  Alpharetta, Athens,  Austell, Bogart, McDonough, Monroe, Gainesville, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Rome, Roswell, Snellville, Stockbridge,  Suwanee, Toccoa, Tucker, Warner Robins, Winder, Woodstock,  Greenville, Griffin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, Loganville, Buford, Canton, and Carrollton; in Georgia and South Carolina.

Contact us for more information about walk-in barrier free tub to make your bathroom accessible.  Contact Atlanta Home Modifications at 770.880.3405 or email us at  Info@AtlantaHomeMods.com for an In-Home Assessment.