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Do It Yourself Bath Renovations and Safety for Seniors at Home

Senior Home Safety Norwood MA

Senior Home Safety Norwood MA

There’s a tendency for more and more people to want to do their own home improvement projects. It’s been made possible by some of these large home improvement superstores that provide a great deal of information, resources, and even classes that give them motivation and even the belief they can do just about anything themselves.

However, there are still plenty of great reasons why home improvement contractors are an incredible asset when it comes to these projects. When you’re talking about safety for any senior home, there are certain bath renovations that can be incredibly important.

The bathroom is a dangerous room. 

Many younger adults don’t consider the bathroom to be all that dangerous, but as people get older and begin to struggle with their balance due to a loss of muscle mass in their legs, it can be a serious consideration.

Most bathrooms contain linoleum or ceramic tile floor surfaces. When the surfaces get wet they can become slick. Just a minor slip can cause an older individual to fall and be seriously injured as a result. Even stepping into and out of the shower can pose certain risks because of the nature of the surface, the water involved, and other components, including soaps, cleaning solutions, and more.

Installing grab bars around the tub and shower surround is a great way to help improve safety for any senior at home. However, if these grab bars are not installed properly, they will more likely pull free from the wall when they are needed most. That can actually lead to more significant injuries for the senior.

Proper installation of grab bars. 

The proper way to install grab bars is to have the bolts anchored directly into the wall studs. With a shower surround or ceramic tile on the wall it can be quite challenging to locate the wall studs. No one wants to drill a series of holes in ceramic tile or even the vinyl surface of a shower surround. They cannot be filled in as easily as they can on drywall.

If the person installing those grab bars is not 100 percent confident they’ve been anchored into the wall studs, it should never be acceptable to say ‘good enough.’ Just pulling on the grab bar a little and not noticing any major wiggle doesn’t mean they’re going to support the weight of a full grown adult in the event they slip and begin falling.

It’s best to search for an experienced home contractor who can come in and install these grab bars professionally. Then everyone will be able to rest assured knowing they were installed properly.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Norwood MA, please contact the caring staff at Care Resolutions. Helping Hands, Happy Hearts. Specializing in Quality Care in Eastern Massachusetts. Call Us! (508) 906-5572.

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.

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