Up to 70 percent of home accidents happen in the bathroom. I am serious when I say bathroom safety is at the top of my list of home modifications that you should not wait to start. As you transition from mid-life to senior to elderly, planning for safety in the bathroom is essential. Our Safety Month article last week highlighted that falls remain the leading cause of death (caused by complications) in seniors, and more falls and accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room of the house. I am not writing this to scare you. Instead, I want to inspire you to get started designing your plan for safety in your bathroom.
Making a few updates at the right time WILL make all the difference. Strategically placed grab bars, both inside and outside of the shower, non-slip mats, having a bathroom safety seat that is mounted securely, a raised toilet seat and having shower doors that are made of safety glass or plastic, can do the job of keeping you safe without a costly remodel. These updates will give you peace of mind, and most importantly, add a sense of security. The key to getting started is finding an experienced and qualified contractor that has a track record of working with seniors. Next week, we will highlight how to find an accessibility contractor and what to look for.
In the meantime, please visit our website at www.accessibilityrenovations.org for information on safety features and our work with seniors in Greater Columbus, or feel free to call our offices at 1.614.418.7725. Home Safety month is a public awareness campaign developed by Creative Renovations to help seniors and families stay safely and happily in their homes for as long as they choose.