Aging In Place: What Bath Design Solutions Work for Seniors

Lately I’ve been working with many seniors who need modifications to their homes. The common thread is expense vs. return on investment – some Seniors see living in their own home as the only option for a happy life. Even if they are wheelchair bound, or sufferingWalk In Tub for Seniors from other maladies that would benefit greatly from some simple grab bar hrail additions, to a walk in shower, possibly even a stair chair.

What amazes me is that Seniors their families are so attracted to walk-in tubs, which I believe are inherently unsafe. These ‘little’ items can cost up to $20,000 to install, while a complete ADA compliant bathing solution remodeling the entire room would cost less than a “jump” in tub. These tubs require a step up – even two inches can be really difficult for an elderly person. One manufacturer’s web site even shows all the tubs with cross hle fixtures! Putting in lever hle faucets is one of the most important simplest thing to do for yourself.

A good assessGreat Grabz Acrylic Grab Barment review of the home can expose details about where grab bars would work, sometimes these are placed in garages, laundry rooms, kitchens, of course, bathrooms. There are many, many options for beautiful grab bars. One thing to be aware of when installing grab bars is to know the weight of the person using the bar. Then check with the manufacturer to make sure the maximum weight it can hold, choose the right br. Anti-bacteria molded plastic over stainless steel is the best solution. Basic white costs just as much as a range of colors if you choose Ponte Giulio, Hewi (from Hafele) or “Great Grabz” styles.

Take into consideration the height of the client as well. While stards are stards, it doesn’t help to have a grab bar too high for a petite woman to hold comfortably.  Right height the bars by taking the client into the room, mark the heights on the tile or walls before drilling any holes.

For multiple grab bars, it should take one or two days to install up to 20. Then there will be patching painting for any walls where a hole must be cut in the sheet rock to provide the proper backing per the manufacturers ( best practice) instructions.