Falling down stairs and falls in the bathroom are two of the leading causes of injury among seniors and the mobility impaired. With periodic slick floors, slippery showers and moisture all around, bathrooms can be a dangerous place.
If you are a person with a disability, have a family member in the home with special needs, or are an individual recovering from an illness, you may require modifications such as a walk in barrier free tub, roll in shower, or other home modifications to make your bathroom accessible.
Roll-in showers make bathing safer for those who cannot navigate a traditional shower.
Roll-in showers provide easy access via a low threshold at the front of the shower.
Roll-in showers not only offer easier access but are designed to be used while safely seated.
Bathroom Accessibility – Roll-In Showers
The bathroom can be made much more safe and accessible with the right assistive technology and home modification accessibility upgrades, such as the roll-in shower.
Accessible roll in showers may be enclosed on three sides or open in an area of the bathroom with a central drain in a lowered portion of the tiled floor. Enclosed ADA walk-in showers are either low-threshold, or no-threshold showers, with hand-held adjustable anti-scald shower heads making showering much safer and easier.
Bathroom Fall Prevention
Most bathrooms are poorly designed for seniors and those who are mobility impaired. Space is limited and most homes come with a shower/bathtub combo which requires stepping dangerously over the side of the tub. All of these factors make just about any typical bathroom potentially unsafe. Here are some ways to help reduce the risk of a fall.
- Walk In Bathtubs: For those who cannot stand for long periods, the walk in bathtub allows easy access to bathing
- Roll In Showers: Roll in showers not only have easier access but are designed to be used while safely seated, with space for a caregiver as needed
- Grab Bars: Strategically installed around the bathroom to give a hand-hold, grab bars can be used to lift or steady oneself
- Safety Lights: Bathrooms get steamy, which can disorient seniors. Backlit LED lights help keep a person properly oriented and safe.
Home Modifications–Ramps, Stair lifts and Bathroom Upgrades
Preventative measures that can help senior and mobility challenged Atlanta residents stay safe include home modifications such as wheelchair ramps for homes, straight and curved stairlifts, and roll in shower and walk in tub installations. Would any of these give you the safety and security you need to be protected from a dangerous fall in your home?
Call Atlanta Home Modifications at 770-880-3405 to learn more about bathroom fall prevention for Atlanta seniors and people with mobility challenges.
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