Bathroom updates for baby boomers
Baby boomers are a smart group when it comes to home updates. While embracing life today, they fully recognize that in the future, their homes may need upgrades to help them live well and stay safe. The bathroom naturally gets the most attention and for good reason — it’s one of the most frequently used rooms in a home and also one with many hazards. Baby boomers are turning towards safer bathing options to support their changing lifestyle including walk-in baths, handicap accessible showers and other supportive furnishings.
“Baby boomers value being able to live out their golden years to the fullest, and aging in place is a key component of that,” said Jim Quinn, installation manager for Premier Care in Bathing. “They are being proactive about making bathroom upgrades now so they can enjoy the benefits for many years to come.”
Quinn has helped countless people update their bathrooms to add modern style and comfort so they can age in their current home safely. Here are his top recommendations when upgrading your bathroom while keeping health, comfort and safety in mind.
Cold, slick bathroom floors can be a major slipping hazard. When renovating a bathroom space, it’s wise to evaluate the flooring and, if necessary, replace it with an option that is both comfortable and safe. Some people choose to carpet the bathroom because it is warmer and eliminates the slip hazards of traditional hardwood or ceramic flooring, as well as the tripping hazards of rugs. Another option is slip-resistant, textured vinyl. Keep feet comfortable and add an upscale element to your bathroom by incorporating radiant heat underneath.
Water and heat therapy can be ideal for arthritis and other aches associated with aging, making a bathtub an asset in a home. But as people age, it can be physically difficult to use a traditional bathtub. That’s why a walk-in tub is a wise investment. Receiving the Ease-Of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation, walk-in-tubs from
Premier Care in Bathing provide baby boomers and seniors with an easy-to-use alternative. The most popular model — the Sanctuary — fits in a traditional bathtub space and has a wide, low-level entry, slip-resistant seat and backrest, temperature-controlled hot water and a Hydrovescent therapy option. Other walk-in tub options may be ideal based on individual needs.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.