Author: Tom Bills

Grab Bars: Types, Placement, And Installation For Bathroom Safety

Grab bars are commonly used in bathtubs and showers to offer stability and piece of mind to the user. A properly installed grab bar can become an essential safety accessory to any household bath. Used properly, a grab bar can prevent hazardous falls in the shower or bath. It is important that homeowners understand the various features and installation techniques available to them before deciding on the appropriate grab bar for their safety needs.   Differences in Grab Bars There are two significantly different categories of grab bars: wall-mounted grab bars and tub mounted grab bars. Joan and Sanford...

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Bathroom Flooring for Mother-in-Law Suites

Accessible Bathroom Flooring for Mother-in-Law Suites - Types and Applications When caring for a parent or aging senior, one of the most important aspects of keeping them safe is by installing accessible bathroom flooring. As a bathroom can be one of the most difficult areas for a senior to properly move around if not designed with accessibility in mind, these types of flooring are absolutely essential. However, this can make for a tricky purchasing decision, given the many different types of flooring available. As such, here's a brief look at all you need to know about accessible bathroom flooring....

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The Function, Look, and Benefits of Roll-In Shower Drains

Showers started out with simple spray heads elevated over bathtubs. They evolved into stand-alone units referred to as shower stalls. Custom showers with tiled walls and floors that have center drains are also popular in new construction and remodeling projects. The problem of keeping water in the shower area used to involve a physical barrier at the entrance of the shower that users had to step over. That has all changed with roll-in drains. [margin10] Trench Drains Roll-in shower drains have changed the way showers are built. They are also incorrectly known as "trench drains." These specialized drains make...

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How To Design An Accessible Bathroom Floor Plan For Seniors

Many people don't think far enough into the future when they are designing their home, and many old homes weren't built with aging senior citizens on the mind. But now, more and more senior citizens are choosing to stay in their homes as they age, making it hard to get around a small floorspace. There are a few, but very important, things to consider when you are designing a room fit for senior citizen living. [margin10] Bathroom Floor Plan Design For Seniors Whether you are building a new home or redesigning a mother in-lawsuite floor plan to fit the...

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Choosing the Right Vanity for In-Home Care

When you care for an ill or elderly loved one in your home, you must look at all of your appliances and furnishings with a new eye. All the items that seem common and that pose no problem for you can present many challenges for your loved one. Your stairs may be unclimbable, your bath may be too hard to get in or out of, and your cabinets may be too high to reach. In the bathroom, your vanity can also present challenges for some, such as those who are in a wheelchair or who have other mobility issues. Here's what you need to know about each type of vanity to choose the right one if you are providing in-home care: Wall-Mounted Vanity A wall-mounted vanity is the best choice if you are caring for someone in a wheelchair or using a walker. The sink is mounted directly to the wall, and the space below it is open. Your loved one can sit in the wheelchair under the sink while tending to brushing teeth and other personal hygiene, helping him or her to maintain some sense of autonomy. The open area under the sink also provides more space in the room to accommodate the wheelchair or walker, even if you are helping your loved one tend to those tasks. If you are installing a new vanity, you can ask...

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