According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of seniors aged 65 and older entering nursing home facilities has dropped by 20% over the last 10 years, with more and more seniors living at home and being cared for by their families or professional caregivers.
However, statistics from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that seniors face a higher risk of bathroom related injuries such as slips and falls, which can be deadly. The bathroom can be an equally dangerous place and difficult to use for people with physical disabilities, which is why accessible plumbing fixtures in the bathroom are so important.
Bienvenu Plumbing is committed to customer satisfaction and safety, which is why we offer a range of highly reviewed New Orleans plumbing services designed to incease the safety and functionality of your bathroom for disabled and elderly household members, as well as their caregivers.
Here are just a few accessible plumbing solutions increase bathroom safety and ease of use.
- Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant faucets With lever-style handles that are much easier to operate for people with limited physical mobility and strength, the convenience of ADA compliant faucets helps to prevent accidental scalding.
- Thermostatic shower valves With the ability to preselect a safe, comfortable water temperature and pressure, thermostatic shower valves help to reduce the risk of burns and make bathing safer.
- Walk in bathtubs and showers The majority of slips and falls occur when a person is getting in or out of the shower or bathtub. Walk in bathtubs and showers nearly eliminate this risk by including a number of important accessible safety features such as curbless entry, grab bars, built in shower seat, and a handheld shower attachment.
- Chair height toilets By raising the profile of your existing toilet a few inches, our plumbers can make it easier for your elderly and disabled loved ones to sit and stand when using the toilet. For added leverage, mount grab bars close to the toilet.
- To facilitate scooter, walker, and wheelchair access, your bathroom entrance should be between 32 and 36 inches wide per ADA design requirements.
Creating an accessible bathroom is as much about independence as it is about safety. You can trust Bienvenu Brothers with all your accessible bathroom remodeling needs, such as accessible plumbing fixture installation and more! For a safer bathroom, trust the experts at Bienvenu Brothers!