Universal showers, which are designed for ease of access, are often seen as a feature of homes meant for older or disabled occupants. The fact is, however, that anyone can injure themselves in the shower. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008 there were over 234,000 injuries in the bathroom, and 81 percent of these were caused by falls. For this reason, homeowners of any age should contact a Washington DC bath remodeling contractor who can make their bathrooms, and particularly their showers and bathtubs, safer and more accessible.
Some of the additions you may want to consider include:
- Grab Bars: These give those taking a shower or bath more leverage when trying to stand up, and they provide something to hold on to when stepping out of the shower.
- Non-Slippery Flooring: Many bathtubs lack any kind of friction that could prevent slipping and falling. Having your bath remodeling contractor install tiles or strips to reduce the risk of slipping is a good idea. You can also purchase adhesive strips if you don't want to replace the enamel or tile that is already there.
- Seating: While most people tend to stand when they're taking a shower, it's worth considering whether or not to install a recessed bench for those who lack stability.
John C. Flood specializes in Maryland and Virginia bath remodeling, so if you're interested in finding out what it would take to make your bathroom safer for you and your family, give us a call today and we can provide you with an estimate.