Many leaders in the industry have begun adding home features that are healthy for its inhabitants, including updated HVAC systems and building envelopes, but what healthy details can be added to bathrooms? Forbes contributor and certified aging in place specialist Jamie Gold suggests eight affordable elements that can be added to bathrooms to remove potential hazards and improve health in these spaces.
1. Grab bar – Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Preventing them can save your life – and doesn’t have to take a toll on your bathroom’s style. New anchors to secure your bar make blocking unnecessary for reduced installation expense. They’re also great for active children to grasp if they start to slip in the tub.
2. Sensor vent fan – Moisture you don’t see or remove can turn into mold, which is unpleasant to breathe. It’s also extremely unhealthy for individuals with respiratory and immunity issues, according to the medical community. A sensor vent fan can help prevent mold buildup by removing moisture from the air even when you’re not home. It’s perfect, too, for kids who may not remember to turn them on when they shower.
3. Touchless toilet – Some of the newer toilets on the market offer hands-free flushing. By waving your hand near a sensor, you’re reducing the amount of germs you come into contact with. This, in turn, can help reduce your exposure to cold and flu germs. There are also touchless toilet kits on the market that can convert a standard flush model into a hands-free version. Be sure to check the specifications before purchasing one to make sure it will work with your toilet.