Aging in Place
By: Jodi Marks
As more and more folks are moving into their golden years, their safety needs are taking center stage in the bathroom design revolution . . . and all without the sacrifice of style.
With the golden agers, baby boomers are right around the corner in adding to this older population. Baby boomers statistically range from the birth years 1946 until 1964. The highest birth rate year recorded during that time was 1957, with an estimated 4.3 million babies born here in the U.S.Now there are more than 77 million baby boomers that are about to enter, or have entered, the age of retirement. And within the next decade, many folks in these combined generations will begin to feel the effects of aging on their health.
The great news is that companies are now taking notice of the need for increased safety in the home, especially in the bathroom as folks age and still want to stay in their homes. Entire lines of bathroom fixtures are now available that are designed to make the bathroom a much safer place, but without losing any of the style these savvy homeowners still desire. And many of these upgrades are very easy for the homeowner to install themselves.
Here are just a few ideas to think about if you or a loved one needs to update their bathroom so they can enjoy it for years to come and still be safe:
- Trip Hazards: Relocating or removing obstacles on the floor will greatly reduce the chance of an accident occurring. Things like trash cans, towel racks, or magazine racks should be cleared away from footpaths in the bathroom. Mats that do not have a slip resistant rubber bottom should also be removed to prevent tripping.
These are just a few ideas that help get your started when you are considering aging in place in your home.