How Costly Is It To Remodel Your Bathroom For Safety?

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How Costly Is It To Remodel Your Bathroom For Safety

If you live with an older adult or person with a disability, it’s vital you safeguard your home. While all areas of where you live should be considered during your safety inspection, extra attention should be paid to the bathrooms. It goes without saying that bathrooms have slippery surfaces. Add the constant presence of moisture and you have a setup where injuries can often occur.

Naturally, the problem most people have is that remodeling a bathroom for safety can be costly. Before worrying about cost, however, let’s take a look at some of the changes you may wish to make.

Change the Flooring

Vinyl Bathroom Flooring

Is your elderly loved one unsteady on his/her feet? Does he/she use a mobility issue to assist with getting around? If so, a bathroom that is set up to prevent falls is practically mandatory. You may want to start with installing a completely new floor made up of non-slip vinyl. 

“Vinyl has built-in padding,” explains Houston’s Legal Eagle Contractors, “This helps to minimize the amount of shock to your body if you take a tumble. When having it installed, be sure to pick a product with a bit more underlayment to offer this type of padding.”

Improve the Lighting

Bathroom Lighting

Remember that, with age, our vision usually declines. If the older adult in your home has vision issues, it’s vital you brighten your bathroom. It’s far easier to avoid tripping hazards when you can clearly see what is in front of you. In addition to clearing the floor of any dangers, it’s wise to improve the lighting of your bathroom. This is especially necessary if it has no windows to let in natural light.

“Consider adding lighting in the shower, rather than around it,” recommends Anabelle Bernard Fournier on TheSpruce.com, “Surprisingly, you’ll find your showers more pleasant (and safer) when they’re lighted properly.”

Use Non-Slip Bath Mats

Non-Slip Bath Mats

The more slippery the bathtub floor, the more susceptible to a slip and fall your elderly loved one will be. That goes without saying, right? So what can you do to make the floors of your bathtub less slippery? Non-slip bath mats are the go-to solutions. They can actually be placed both inside and outside of the tub to help keep your bathroom’s users upright.

“Slick, wet bathroom floors can easily lead to dangerous slips and falls,” writes Andréana Lefton on BobVila.com, “Make sure all shower mats have a rubberized, slip-proof back, and place cushioned rubber mats inside the shower and bathtub.” 

So Just How Much Would it Cost to Remodel Your Bathroom?

According to Angie’s List, a survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association on design trends showed that half of the respondents paid between $10,000 and $29,999 for a bathroom remodel. 31 percent reported paying more than $30,000.

At Forward Day, we believe that people with mobility issues should still be able to live and bathe comfortably in their homes and without going through the hassle of expensive renovations. Our Shower Bay portable shower provides a less costly safety solution! To learn all about it, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-593-4461 or email us at info@showerbay.com.

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