Although, According to Consumer Reports, nearly 235,000 people visit the emergency room every year due to slip and fall injuries in the bathroom, most people want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Staying in the home you love doesn’t have to mean keeping dated decor or hazardous fixtures forever. Let’s talk bathroom upgrades! You can create a classic, timeless, or modern look while keeping safe in the slippery bathroom. Just a few simple renovations can help maintain your safety and sense of style as you’re upgrading your bathroom throughout the ages.
Update the Lighting
Tired of looking at that same old light fixture you’ve had for years? Even worse, imagine blindly walking into the bathroom late at night due to dim lighting and putting yourself at risk of a nasty fall. One of the easiest things you can do to make sure your bathroom is both safe and updated is replace your light fixtures! This will help increase visibility in your bathroom while giving it a fresh, updated look.
Install Nonslip Floors
As you likely already know, having slick tile in your bathroom may be great for looks and functionality but can be a primary cause of slip and fall accidents. Luckily, the tile industry has created a test that measures the slip resistance of various materials. For maximum slip resistance, look for floors that are rated at least 0.42 on this scale. If it’s still a concern of yours, then bear in mind that the smaller the tiles, the more skid proof the floor will be. Many contractors recommend small tiles embedded in grout throughout the bathroom.
Upgrade the Shower and Bath
Installing a new walk-in shower and bath combo can be very helpful when getting in and out of the shower. These new bathroom upgrades will go a long way in keeping your bathroom safe. In addition, many of these shower-tub combos come in a range of finishes with multiple surround options to choose from, meaning they can accommodate your unique style!
Bathing should be a soothing experience, regardless of age or mobility challenges. When it comes to your daily routine, you should never have to choose between comfort, safety, and independence. Now, with Safe Step Walk-In Tubs and Walk-In Showers, you don’t have to. Schedule your FREE in-home consultation today!