Give the gift of bathroom safety
Another year has come and gone. In my 65 years, it has definitely been the strangest year I have lived that I can remember. The good news is we made it. With all the COVID controversy, I just want life to be normal again. First, have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Make sure your family is safe on and off the road.
Homeowners have spent a record time at home these past couple of years — working from home as well as doing nothing but watching TV. We have had a chance to see our homes more than normal. This helps us realize all the areas we have neglected for so long. For seniors in particular, it is important to create a safe environment and now is the perfect time.
The perfect place to start is the bathroom. I know you have heard this before but it’s true. Seventy-two percent of all seniors get hurt slipping and falling while getting in and out of the bathtub. This is frustrating because 95% of all seniors don’t even take baths anymore because they shower instead.
Here are the best ways to prevent bathroom falls and have a better, longer quality of life.
1. CALL TROPICAL
Tropical has been converting tubs to showers as its specialty since 2002. In 2002, Tropical was in Sam’s Club as its contractor and added bathroom renovation to the list of products they installed.
Almost immediately Tropical’s owners, Matt and Mike Houar, realized that the real need for Hawaii bathrooms was tub-to-shower conversions for Hawaii’s seniors. So, Matt and Mike did the market research and created safe, tasteful-looking conversions. Best of all, the units created are not only nice, but affordable and practical. It is so practical that now the four Costcos on Oahu also have this as a membership product. So, either come straight to us at Tropical or go to Costco online or in the stores.
2. FIND A GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND A PLUMBING CONTRACTOR, LIKE TROPICAL
Tropical is fully bonded and insured with work compensation and liability insurance. All employees are factory trained and have periodic refresher training. Plus, all employees are regularly tested on their workmanship skills. This is to make sure homeowners get the best job possible.
3. CHOOSE RELIABLE TUB BRANDS
Tropical’s two main factories are Jacuzzi and Onyx. Both products have a lifetime warranty. Jacuzzi has also infused Silver Shield into the Jacuzzi products to stop the growth of bacteria micro-fibers to deter mildew from growing. There are more than a dozen different colors and 80-plus styles to choose from for Jacuzzi products. Onyx has more than 50 colors and 60 styles. This all means you can have a safe, beautiful bathroom at a very reasonable price.
4. CONVERT YOUR TUB INTO A SHOWER
Tropical can turn an unsafe area into an ultra-safe one in two-and-ahalf to three days. For seniors, this presents the perfect road map to age in place. This can really extend and maximize senior living and quality of life. Plus, what normal person can afford $12,000-$15,000 a month for assisted living?
Christmas is here, so splurge. Give yourself or the seniors in your life the best gift available: A safe, comfortable bathroom for an extended healthy life. If one fall can be avoided, the job is well worth it.
From everyone at Tropical, have a safe Christmas and happy new year. Come and visit the showroom at 1351 S. Beretania St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays or call 808-593-2000. And remember, buy local.
CONTACT 808-593-2000 • 808-263-1252
ADDRESS 1351 S. Beretania St., Honolulu