Walk-In Showers: The Perfect Accommodation for Seniors That Want to Age in Place 

In the year of 2021, the AARP conducted a survey on preferences regarding the home and the community. According to the information derived from this survey, a total of 75% of all people who were 50 years old or older expressed a desire to live in their current home and age in place for the duration of their lifetime. Not only is this the perfect solution for those who want to maintain their independence, but it is also more affordable. 

The unfortunate side of this is that most of the homes that individuals reside in will – eventually – result in safety hazards. The design and layout will fail to meet the needs of a senior. As we age, our balance and mobility are often negatively impacted.

As a result, there is a higher risk for falls. In fact, in those 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and are considered to be a leading cause of death. 

Based on this fact alone, it is essential that – as a person ages – modifications are made to the home. These will help make a senior’s home safer and will reduce the risk of falls. Special attention should be paid to the bathrooms of the home.

In this article, we will focus on the shower unit of the bathroom. Most seniors that fall will fall in their bathroom and it will be a result of attempting to get in and out of a bathtub or shower. To avoid complications associated with the bath/shower unit, a walk-in shower should be integrated into each bathroom of the home. 

The Walk-In Shower 

A walk-in shower offers a very safe bathing experience for older adults. The entry thresholds of these units will have a ledge, but they are typically 3 inches or less in height. A skilled contractor will be required to install the unit.

This is because the bathtub or old shower unit will need to be removed, modifications will need to be made, and the new unit will need to be installed. 

Safety Features 

There are many options when it comes to walk-in shower products. These are directly related to the overall safety of the unit. Examples include grab bars, non-slip flooring, a shower seat, and the inclusion of anti-scald shower valves that prevent burns.

By adding a walk-in shower into the bathrooms of a senior’s home, you are allowing them the unique benefit of aging in place and maintaining the level of independence that they have always known. 

Contact Us Today 

We here at Southern Industries Home Improvements carry a large line of walk-in showers that will allow seniors to age in place. You may choose from many styles, colors, and designs. We also have a large assortment of safety features that you may integrate into your unit.

Finally, we offer high-quality and quick installation. If you are ready to modify the home of an older loved one who wants to age in place, contact us today and we will discuss the ways that we are able to assist you:  +1 (843) 868-5757


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