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

 

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

A walk-in bathtub (bathing, tub), with a door,...

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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Ella’s Walk-In Tubs from Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC

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.walk-in tub for website

Ella’s Walk-In Tubs come equipped with the following comfort and safety features:

  • Ella’s Deluxe size 29.5” x 55” (59” with extension to fit tub opening) x40”.
  • 12 Therapeutic Hydro Massage Jets with a 1 Horse Power Pump.
  • 10 Therapeutic Air Massage Jets with a 0.5 Horse Power Air Pump.
  • In-Line 1.5 KW Water Heater.
  • Ella’s Dual Drain Technology — Dual 2” brass & copper drains, and two copper overflows for dependable drainage.
  • Ozone Sterilization.
  • High Quality Cast Acrylic Tub with Low Threshold Step In.
  • Air Flow Control for Softer Hydro Massage.
  • Stainless Steel and Tempered Glass Door, Door Frame & Rubber Seal.
  • Two Built In Safety Grab Bars.
  • Thermostatic Control Valve.
  • Removable Rubber Back Support in White.
  • Brass Chrome Plated Designer Spout, Two 2 Way Diverters with ADA Compliant Handles, and Pull Out Hand Held Shower Mixer.
Contact the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC for a walk-in tub and low-threshold roll-in showers Safety Assessment by calling 770.880.3405, or by email at  Info@AtlantaHomeMods.com. Visit the Atlanta Home Mods website, today.
Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC provides accessible stair lifts, wheelchair platform lifts, wood and metal ramps, roll-in showers and roll-under sinks for residents of North Georgia.

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.