Upgrade bath for ‘aging in place’
Bathroom remodeling that incorporates features and fixtures supporting “aging in place” is a specialty of Tropical Plumbing and Bath.
According to Tropical Plumbing and Bath president Charlie Beeck, the percentage of home remodeling projects focused on improving accessibility, convenience and safety continues to increase as the population ages.
A Building Industry Association Remodeler of the Year, Beeck established Tropical Plumbing and Bath three decades ago to address the need for greater convenience for homeowners as they age, as well as for safety in the bathroom, rated as “the most dangerous room in the house.” He cites statistics gathered by reporting agencies that indicate the vast majority of injuries in the home occur in the bathroom, and a third of the total are suffered while bathing or showering.
“We specialize in age-friendly bathroom design and fixtures, such as walk-in showers and bathtubs,” Beeck says. “However, every household’s needs are different, so we start every project with a free inhome consultation. Then we can personally assess the space and learn about the special needs of the client, whether there are concerns about the safety of household members due to loss of mobility due to accident, illness, or simply aging.
“Once the selections are made, we set a schedule for the work and submit it for the client’s approval … and we are available to provide advice and monitor the progress of the project until it is completed to their satisfaction.”
Beeck points out that all walk-in showers installed by Tropical Plumbing and Bath are customized to the client’s specifications. Accessories include a variety of sprays — overhead, rainshower, and hand-held with intensities ranging from gentle to massage — seating, compartments for soaps and shampoos, grab bars, and tile and travertine finishes. Extra-wide, barrier-free designs can be specified for wheelchair accessibility.
Additional renovations to improve bathroom safety include adjusting the height of counters and toilets and installation of grab bars and non-slip flooring in critical areas.
Beeck introduced walk-in bathtubs in Hawaii and has installed them in senior living facilities at Kuakini Medical Center, as well as in homes and apartments throughout Oahu. As walk-in bathtubs continue to gain popularity, new styles, sizes and accessories have become available, including models that provide hydrotherapy. These high-quality acrylic tubs are made in the USA and fully warrantied.
A $1,500 discount is offered on walk-in showers and walk-in bathtubs as well as on complete bathroom renovation.
Tropical Plumbing and Bath is a licensed Hawaii contractor and winner of two First Place awards in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s annual “Hawaii’s Best” awards program. Testimonials from clients acknowledge the company’s reliability and high-quality workmanship.
To arrange a free in-home consultation, call Tropical Plumbing and Bath at 808-847-0970.
From the start, your user-friendly approach made the entire renovation process relatively painless. I greatly appreciate your prompt responses, your professional guidance when decisions needed to be made, and your discounts to help make the project more affordable. Your topnotch crew were focused, respectful, skillful, neat and motivated to do their very best. It was a pleasure to work with you. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend you and your team to anyone seeking to do a renovation.”
Note: Tropical Plumbing and Bath is not affiliated or connected in any way with other companies using the name “Tropical.”
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