Most accidents in homes happen in bathrooms. This is because bathrooms have wet surfaces and are slippery. Especially seniors in the homes are prone to slip and fall in the bathrooms. Therefore it is very much essential that you take enough precautions and implement some proven safety measures listed below while you undertake a Tub To Shower Conversion project in your household.
Refinish the bathtub
While replacing the out dated bathtub with a shower or bath unit, it is necessary that you put something under your feet. The way out is to refinish the tub with a sand additive to achieve a non-slip floor. In this route you will not have to alter the look or shape. Sand additive is much cheaper and can be done quickly. In this way, you will not have to replace the whole tub.
Install grab bars
Grab bars can help prevent falls. They can also assist in case you slip or fall in the bathtub or tile shower. They are easy to install than going for a full bath remodel. There are several dual-purpose grab bars available today in the market. Some grab bars wrap around the circular shower fixtures while some others can serve as shampoo shelves or towel bars. Aesthetically designed shower bars can help achieve a great look for your bathroom besides making the shower a safe place for all in the family.
Full bathroom remodel
Tub to shower conversion can give a long term solution to your bathroom upgrade project. Most seniors in families feel highly comfortable to use showers than bathtubs. Some useful upgrades for safety include installing grab bars adjacent to the toilet, providing enough lighting and creating an unobstructed floor surface. These factors can help enhance the accessibility inside the bathroom while minimising the instances of falls and accidents.
Walk in showers
Walk in showers are goring in popularity among several households today. Also a zero-entry shower looks and works in the same way like walk in showers. The one difference is that zero entry showers feature a level entrance. Since there is no step to cross while entering the bathroom, you do not have to worry about tripping over. This is also an aesthetic solution especially suitable for people with disabilities and senior citizens with reduced mobility. For safe showers San Antonio remodels, porcelain tiles are the most popular choice these days. Also some natural stones do come with textures that will prevent slips and falls. However, they will need more frequent cleaning than the porcelain tiles. Vinyl is cheaper than porcelain and can be installed easily. It also feels softer on the foot.
Shower chair or bench
Sitting in the shower is a good way to prevent falls. In larger showers, the ideal arrangement is tiled corer seat. If the space is smaller, then you can go for wooden folding chair. It is important that the hand held showers are placed within arm’s length while seated on the chair. So, go for these wonderful extra additions that will make your shower a safer one.