Category: Bathroom Accessibility

Designing your Home for Accessibility and Safety

The discussion of assisted living and nursing homes can be stressful and sensitive for all parties involved. It can be a difficult and costly decision to make. In 2016, a private room cost more than $92,378 a year, and with the average stay in a facility sitting a little over two years, the cost for a facility can amount to more than $184,000.

Before making the decision to move your loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home, consider home modification to allow them to stay within the comfort of their home. Actually, almost 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to live in their home as long as possible. If you’re looking to make your or a loved one’s home adequately equipped so they can age in place, let us be your guide for things to consider as you look to make home modifications.

 Safety: The first step in the home modification process is to take a look at the safety of the home and recognize potential safety hazards. Can they move around without any tripping hazards? If there are doorways in the home that may have a lip, ledge, or step, consider using a TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp.

 Accessibility: Will you or your loved one be able to enter or exit the home? If there are multiple steps leading up to the home, our PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System could be the perfect solution for eliminating those hazardous heights. Don’t forget about the CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener, which automatically opens and closes the front door with a push of a button so that those using a walker, cane, crutch, wheelchair, or power mobility device can easily get in and out of the doorway.

 Adaptability: The process of modifying a home is all about adapting to meet you or a loved one’s needs. Adding accessories to make their life easier is the key. If they’re using a walker or wheelchair add a tote or basket liner. Bathing and using the restroom can present certain challenges too. Our TILT® Toilet Incline Lift can help those who struggle with getting up from the seated position.

Beyond the cost benefits, allowing you or your loved one to age in their own home provides a little more comfort, independence, and safety. To learn how EZ-ACCESS products can help your home modification process, visit our residential page.

How to Increase Bathroom Safety in 3 Easy Steps

For individuals affected by mobility restrictions, every day can present possible obstacles. This is particularly true when it comes to home safety. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to providing the safety you and your family deserve. With these helpful guidelines and products, you can maintain security and get the peace of mind you need.

  1. Stay Safe in the Shower

According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

  1. Keep It Clean

Since bathrooms are at high risk for falls, don’t put anything to chance. Make sure all spills are cleaned promptly and the bathroom floor is not slick. Additionally, don’t let décor ideas stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. For added precaution, cover sharp edges of counters and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.

  1. Update Problematic Areas

To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub, install reachable safety handles by the bathtub and shower. This should be specialty-designed items that will support weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar, which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. For stable footing, install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of the bathtub as well as a stable mat in the entry/exit of the shower. Additionally, make sure a portable phone is always available in the bathroom in the event of an emergency. Above all, make sure to address toilet safety. This problematic area accounts for 14 percent of falls. To ensure safety for your loved ones and prevent injuries to family members or caretakers, EZ-ACCESS recommends the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift. By offering both comfort and the functionality of a heavy-duty commode, the TILT is the all-in-one bathroom safety solution that’s perfect for your family. Easily activated to raise and lower with the push of a button, you can maintain independence and still get the needed security to avoid falls.

Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, these tips and products can help keep your loved ones safe and in their own home. To learn more about how you can make your home more accessible, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS today.