Boomers are opting to continue living where they're already secure
and happy -- right at home. Sometimes with age comes a need for
additional safety features in the home -- but this generation
doesn't want to sacrifice ambiance or style while incorporating
these devices. With small upgrades and remodels, it's easy to weave
safety products into the design of a room -- without making it look
Safety is a top concern in the bathroom. There are many ways to make
a master bath or guest bathroom socially sustainable for many
enjoyable years. Here are some tips:
Helpful handles -- Grab bars near the toilet and in the bathing area
can make older people feel more stable and secure in the bathroom.
But too many grab bar styles look like they belong in a hospital --
not a private home. TOTO Transitional Collection Series A grab bars
in chrome, brushed nickel and polished nickel finishes with
concealed hardware are designed to fit in with the beautiful
aesthetics of a bathroom, adding safety without detracting from the
look. Visit TOTOUSA.com to learn more.
Slippery surfaces -- Falling is a great concern for older
individuals, so it's a good idea to eliminate any tripping hazards
or slippery surfaces where possible. For example, remove rugs that
could shift and buckle, and install rubber grip flooring inside the
shower or bath for better traction.
An extra bit of height -- Taller toilets are easier for baby boomers
to use because the height helps with balance. A toilet upgrade
incorporating low water usage, easy-to-clean finishes and a
soft-close seat will help keep a bathroom in style. The TOTO Legato
One-Piece High Efficiency Toilet is universal height and comes with
a SanaGloss nano-scale ceramic glaze, which prevents matter and
bacteria from sticking to the surfaces, resulting in less needed
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Accessible storage -- Bending over to dig for a beauty product
stored way under the sink can be tricky at any age. Consider
installing pull-out drawers in lavatory cabinets, or putting storage
items in wall cabinets at a higher level to reduce the need to bend
for trapped products.
Spa-like shower -- The shower is a place to relax, and baby boomers
are more than ready to enjoy small luxuries such as a spa-like
shower during the retirement years. One way to spruce up the shower
is with the TOTO Transitional Series A Multi-Spray Showerhead, which
rotates sprays between massage, mist, spray/massage and pause
combos. Not only does this showerhead provide a wonderful shower
experience, it also has a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per
minute -- helping to save on water usage and money.
Many baby boomers have plenty of good years left living
comfortably in their own homes. With small upgrades using stylish
and socially sustainable products, it's possible to stay independent
while sharing your home with individuals of all ages.
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