Category Archives: Barrier-free Shower

Cost Versus Value for Home Modification

It’s an age old question as to what something costs versus the value it adds to our life to have that product or service. This is also true when considering home modification. When making improvements to your home that make it safer, allowing you to remain living there, and at the same time, giving you additional independence, in each and every situation, the value far exceeds the cost.

For example

The cost of having two grab bars installed into a tub/shower is approximately $290 (depending on the length & style chosen).

The value? Well, when considering that the grab bars could prevent you from falling upon entering/exiting the tub/shower, and possibly breaking an arm, leg, or GOD forbid a hip, what value would you place on this? Statistics show that 1/3 of seniors fall in a calendar year, requiring a hospital stay, and often times, rehabilitation. With this fact in mind, has the value of the grab bars just gone up like a gazillion times?

This is just one example. Although most seniors need grab bars, many need other things like ramps, wider doorways, or a walk-in shower, to make their home safer and more user friendly.

Whatever your home modification needs are we can provide them. We have been doing just that for over ten years, and would be happy to give you a FREE home assessment. You can reach us by calling 770-939-0747, or emailing us at info@homefreemods.com . We look forward to serving you.

Better Living by NewsTalk1160

Safety & Independence Benefits in the Home, Offered by Home Modification

I was recently a guest on the radio show, “Better Living” on News Talk 1160, which airs at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Hosted by Lin Tatum of Homestead Hospice, we discussed “the safety & independence benefits in the home, offered by home modification.”

If you have any questions regarding home modification or if you would like to benefit from our “free ideas,” contact us at 770-939-0747, or email info@homefreemods.com.

The Beauty of “Aging in Place”

Whether it be your bathroom, kitchen, or entry and emergency exit areas, HomeFree Home Modification can create an environment of safety & greater independence for you. In most cases, just subtle changes can make your home more “user friendly”, and offer you a higher quality of life, while aging in place.

At this point, most of us know that the bathroom is the most dangerous room in our home, at least for being susceptible for a fall. There are a lot of things going on in the bathroom; movement, soap, water, steam, all just waiting to create the “perfect” fall. Sometimes, just putting grab bars in can create the stability we need to get us into & out of the tub/shower with confidence, and lessen our chances of a fall. But ideally, taking out the tub, or the threshold of the shower, can create a “barrier free” environment where no “step overs” are needed, and no encumbrances to create a fall. As we age, having the ability to remain at home is a # one priority for most of us. Surveys taken across the country indicate that approximately 85 – 90% of us would like to “age in place” by remaining at home. There is more opportunity to do that now than ever before by having your home “tailor” made to suit your needs through home modification.

Call us at 770-939-0747, or email us at info@homefreemods.com , and we will come out to your home and provide a NO COST home evaluation to determine what steps can be taken to create a safer environment and more independence for you.

Making Dangerous Bathrooms Safe

Four Tips for Designing an Accessible Bathroom

More than 230,000 people are sent to the ER each year because of an injury sustained while bathing, showering, or using the bathroom facilities. This month, we’re sharing 5 bathroom features that can help reduce the dangers in the bathroom.

  1. Install grab bars. Installing grab bars in easy-to-reach places provides support and balance for entering and exiting the shower or tub. Also consider adding grab bars near the toilets for additional support and safety.
  2. Add shower seats. A shower seat can provide stability and a place to rest for those who have difficulty standing for long periods of time. Builders or homeowners should select a shower with a folding seat installed or purchase a bench seat to add to an existing shower.
  3. Add an adjustable (and hand-held) shower head. This allows the person to direct the water where it’s most needed without having to contort their body into awkward positions.
  4. Fix slippery surfaces. Having a non-slip mat (or decals) on the floor of the shower or tub — as well as a non-slip rug on the floor — provides additional stability and can reduce slipping. A non-slip rug in front of the toilet and by the sink area can also help prevent slipping.
  5. Install taller toilets. Over time, residents may experience increased difficulty lowering themselves onto a low toilet seat and returning to a standing position. A raised toilet (typically 3 to 4 inches) can reduce the amount of squatting and the distance that has to be covered to sit on the toilet.

Universal design doesn’t have to mean that a bathroom takes on an institutional feel. Bestbath offers many unique products — including our Designer Series line of bathing solutions — that will make any bathroom look amazing. For more design ideas, follow our Design Ideas blog and like us on Facebook.

(This article was taken from the November Best Bath Newsletter at www.bestbath.com)