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What is Age in Place?

The majority of aging adults say they want to stay in their current home as long as possible. Age in place means being able to do just that. We can help you make long-term bathroom updates by installing grab bars,  curbless showers, and other specialized features. Prepare your home for extended living by installing plumbing fixtures designed for safety and ease-of-use.

Why Make Changes Now?

With the cost of assisted living facilities on the rise and the recent closure of retirement homes an intelligent update to your bathroom might be a necessity more so than a luxury. If you are like 90% of adults over age 65, you probably want to stay in your current residence as long as possible. But can your current accommodations meet the physical needs of aging adults? Does it have the design features necessary to keep you or your loved ones safe? By making some intelligent changes now, you can help ensure that the loved ones in your life will have the luxury of aging in place. 40% of Baby Boomer homeowners plan to remodel at some point so it makes sense to incorporate age friendly updates earlier than needed to save time and money in the future.

Why Are Many Bathrooms Unsafe for Aging Adults?

Most homes today were built with the average, healthy family in mind. They were not designed to accommodate individuals with limited mobility, strength, and balance. Normal features in everyday households, such as lack of balance support in the shower, are potential hazards to an elderly person. Without grab bars and other slip-resistant elements, the risk of suffering a serious fall rises significantly. Falls are the leading cause of potential life threatening injuries among older adults and therefore the greatest issue to their ability to age in placeWe can prevent these dangers by remodeling your bathroom with Universal Design features in mind.

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What is Universal Design?

Universal Design means creating environments that are easy for everyone to use—regardless of age, size, or mobility. Homes retrofitted with the Universal Design model are far more accommodating to the needs of aging adults with limited strength, flexibility, and balance. Universal Design features help ensure that everything in your home is accessible to all family members, with or without physical limitations.

Update Your Bathroom with Universal Design

When remodeling your home with the Universal Design model, the bathroom is the perfect place to start. Here are several age in place friendly upgrades to consider:

  • Grab bars in the tub and shower, with colors that work with your decor and contrast with the wall for better visibility
  • Curbless shower or walk-in shower with little or no threshold to step over
  • Slip-resistant flooring throughout the bathroom
  • Single-lever faucet handle, rather than two separate knobs or handles
  • Pressure-balanced faucet to maintain steady water temperature and prevent scalding
  • Adjustable height, hand-held shower hose with conveniently placed, easy-to-operate controls
  • Comfort height toilet with a seat height of 17–19 inches, rather than the standard 14–16 inches

Pierre South Dakota's Most Trusted Name in Plumbing

Since 1961 the Smith family has been serving central South Dakota, building a solid reputation on honesty, integrity, and old-fashioned values. For three generations our family has worked together to find a solution for every customer because we care about every customer. We take pride in the quality of our work, holding ourselves to the highest standards. The most important thing to us is building trust – one customer at a time!

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