Aging in place is defined as living in one’s own home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.

Naturally, that’s something most of us want to do. But a home must be accessible and safe for people with mobility challenges that are common in aging populations.

“Up to 80% of falls in the home take place in bathrooms,” says Charlie Beeck, president of Tropical Plumbing and Bath.


“Some 66% of those falls happen when people are in the tub or shower. A bathroom remodel can help kupuna stay in the homes where they’re happiest and most comfortable.”


In the past, bathrooms designed for accessibility often didn’t offer much in the way of style.

Thankfully, times have changed. According to Beeck, level-access bathrooms can now be designed not just for safety and accessibility, but with aesthetics and even relaxation and leisure in mind.

“Our custom walk-in showers, which can be installed individually or as part of a complete bathroom renovation, can include so many terrific options and features,” he says.


As Beeck explains it, the options are extensive. Designs might incorporate comfortable seating, accessible alcoves and shelves for personal products, thoughtfully placed grab bars, non-slip surfaces, and tile and travertine finishes. For wheelchair accessibility, extra-wide, barrier-free designs can also be included.

Modern overhead, rainfall and handheld showerheads — with intensities ranging from gentle caress to vigorous massage — are made to suit every preference. Each adds a delightful sense of luxury to a room that is too often overlooked for luxurious touches.

“If you’re hoping to age at home, it’s a great idea to plan ahead and start making your house safe and comfortable sooner, rather than later,” Beeck advises. “The bathroom is the most logical place to begin, since so many accidents happen there.”

A well-planned, well-executed bathroom remodel with a walk-in shower can actually add value to your property, even as it provides relaxation, comfort, and safety to you and your family.


As a licensed Oahu contracting firm with two first-place awards in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s annual Hawaii’s Best program, Tropical Plumbing and Bath offers three decades of experience remodeling bathrooms, enabling kupuna to age in place with grace and dignity. The company is currently offering a $1,500 discount on complete bathroom renovations. To arrange a free in-home consultation, call 808-847-0970.

Note: Tropical Plumbing and Bath is not affiliated or connected in any way with other companies using the name “Tropical.”

CONTACT 808-847-0970