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BeckySue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS
Becky Sue Becker is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD) and is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS). With 30 years of longevity and comprehensive experience in the kitchen & bath industry, she is a sought-after designer in the Atlanta region. Becky Sue’s advocacy approach means your turnkey project will be less stressful and help you love where you live.

The common perception of safety in the bathroom brings visions of industrial looking grab bars.   After you read this article I hope that your mind opens up and considers the vast amount of opportunities we have to make our bathrooms a safe place.    Then give consideration to life changes… accidents with temporary disabilities, aging effects on eye sight, mobility or permanent challenges such as use of a cane, wheelchair or walker.    Here are a few ways that you can improve comfort for the entire family while minimizing the risks of an accident.

Kohler T13135

Replace your old shower valve with a non-scald version.   Scalding is one of the most serious injuries and the easiest to prevent with the installation of a pressure and temperature balanced system.   It will immediately stop the issue of the person showering getting scolded when another person flushes the toilet or uses the washing machine.

Replace your old toilet with a comfort height model.  They are easier to use for adults and someone who transfers from a wheel chair as they are several inches higher.

Folding bench

Add a bench in your tub and/or shower.  It is not only convenient for shaving legs, but also for those who are challenged to stand with great stability.

MOEN Eva

Change round/knob style faucets to a lever-handled faucets.    They are much easier to use by someone who has diminished strength, arthritis, etc.

Alsons Wall Bar System

Add a hand-held showering system on a sliding bar.  You can easily retro fit this option with a diverter at your existing shower arm/head.  Or if you are taking on a complete renovation, use a diverter valve in the wall to transfer the water to/from the shower head, tub spout, body sprays or any other outlet with your design.    The sliding bar is advantageous for the entire family including those who need to sit down while bathing, or to have a more efficient showering height for children.

Wave Grab Bar by Great Grabz

Install grab bars in the tub, tub/shower and near the toilet.  There are numerous models on the market to suit any motif, whether modern, traditional or transitional.   In the tub, they should be mounted horizontally at 33-36″ from the floor.  Vertical installation at the entrance is a great aid stepping in and out for children and adults.

Panasonic Whisper Quiet

Verify the exhaust fan has ducting to the outside (not just the attic) to avoid condensation and mildew.   Mold is hazardous to your health and with the proper use of a fan during a shower you can avoid excessive moisture that can lead to mold.   Timers are an option that allows you to leave the fan running for 10 minutes without worry of remembering to return to shut it off.    Additionally, there are new fans available that turn on automatically!

Invisia holder

Upgrade the tissue holder to double as a hand rail.  The Invisia Collection is rated up to 350lbs and has an interchangeable Corian shelf.

Other areas of consideration if you are remodeling the entire room:   clip or radius corners of the counter tops, do not design the tub with steps, increase the color contrasts with transitions both vertically and horizontally. Add higher wattage light bulbs to existing fixtures or considering upgrading or adding additional lights.  Old age means decreased vision, adding lights wherever possible will be a great asset.

For more information, consider hiring a Certified Aging-in Place Specialist to help cultivate your design.

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