The bathroom can be a dangerous place for people living with limited mobility issues. The elderly, handicapped, and those suffering from even temporary injuries need to be extra careful when using the bathroom to avoid ending up in a hospital room due to slips and falls. It’s also true that everyone in the household can benefit from a safer bathroom—even those that are perfectly mobile. The bathroom beats out even the kitchen as the number one place where most accidents happen in the home and making it more accessible and easier to use can improve the lives of everyone that lives with you. At Comfort Shower and Bath, we’re committed to helping our customers throughout Chicagoland to make the upgrades they need for a safer, more independent lifestyle. Take a look at some of our favorite Chicago bathroom remodeling tips that will put safety first in your household.

Important Accessibility Features You Should Consider for Your Bathroom

There are many ways to make your bathroom safer and more accessible without spending a fortune. For those on a budget, handicap accessible products include no-slip rubber bathmats are a must, and shower tread tape can be easily applied wherever necessary for greater traction.You can also replace the entire flooring with no-slip materials and have grab bars installed inside the shower, the tub, or beside the toilet for enhanced support. Inside the shower, consider having a shower seat installed for showering while sitting down, and a handheld showerhead for easier washing while sitting down. 

Toilet Seat Adjustments

If the toilet seat isn’t at the right height for you or your household member living with mobility issues, sitting down on it can pose a real risk for falling. You can have your toilet measured to see whether it’s at the right accepted height according to ADA guidelines. If it’s too short or too tall, consider having it replaced with one that’s the right size—and perhaps padding to make sitting down more comfortable. You can also have grab bars installed beside the toilet for increased stability, and some households opt to have a smart speaker, call button, or another similar device installed around the toilet seat that can be used to call for help in case of an emergency.

Essential Upgrades and Bathroom Remodeling Ideas for Accessibility 

Being unable to use the bathroom in your own home without worrying about falls can be extremely frustrating. When you’re serious about improving the safety and accessibility in the most dangerous room of the house, there are some important upgrades and remodeling options that can help you regain your independence in the bathroom.

  • Walk-In Tub Installation: Bath remodeling experts can help you install a beautiful walk-in tub for added safety while bathing. Walk-in tubs feature doors that swing open and low entry thresholds for maximum accessibility, among many other customizable features. 
  • Replacement Shower Design: You can have your shower re-designed for easier accessibility, with barrier-free, zero-entry threshold and shower base, and other options.
  • Tub-to-Shower Conversion: If you’re tired of climbing over the high walls of a traditional bathtub or stepping in and out over high-walled tubs to take a bath, consider converting your bathtub into a shower that’s more convenient for your needs. Showers can be customized for wheelchair access and in other ways to make your experience easier and better when showering at home.
  • Barrier-Free Wet Room Renovation: If you’d prefer to make your entire wet area more accessible and safer to use, consider turning it into an ADA-approved, completely waterproof wet room instead. Exchange high-step areas for flat, zero-entry surfaces and no-slip flooring ideal for easy stepping around the most slippery area of your home.You can also have these upgraded with ADA-compliant accessories like grab bars, custom-placed shelving, and more.

Safer Living Starts in the Bathroom with Comfort Shower and Bath

There are many ways to make your home experience a safer one, but the most impactful changes you can make start in the bathroom. From handicap accessible products and accessibility remodeling options, getting started is easy, affordable, and can change the way you live in important ways. If you’re ready to get started making your home a safer place to be, our team at Comfort Shower and Bath is here to help you. Our team of Chicago bathroom remodeling experts has the experience you can trust and the solutions you need to feel confident about the changes you make to improve your home. For more information, reach out to us by giving our team a call now. Or, get started by filling out our online form for a free, in-home pricing estimate and consultation now.