Bathroom Remodeling Tips Making Aging-in-Place in Your Own Home Safer and Easier

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, offers bathroom remodeling tips to homeowners who need to adapt their bathrooms so it is safe for someone with limited mobility or physical impairments to use.

"Many Americans choose to age in their own homes where they are familiar with their environment," said Joe Todaro, Director of Operations of Gold Medal Service. "People of all ages value their ability to live independently and remodeling a bathroom in preparation for retirement will ensure convenience and safety."

Things homeowners can do to adapt their bathrooms so it is safer for anyone with limited mobility to use include:

    --  Remodel the bathroom on the main floor. If you have a house with
        multiple levels, consider remodeling the bathroom which is located on
        the same level as the bedroom of the physically impaired person who will
        be using it. Having to climb stairs every time they need to use the
        bathroom is challenging for individuals with limited mobility, and
        presents an increased risk.
    --  Provide extra space in the bathroom. Make sure there is enough room in
        the bathroom to move a wheelchair around. Plan for extended periods of
        time when the physically-impaired person will need a wheelchair, a
        walking frame or cane, with doorways set to at least 32 inches wide. And
        ensure that there is enough space to position a wheelchair next to the
        toilet, bath or shower, to enable a safe and easy transfer.
    --  Stick with non-slip floors. Non-slip tiles are a must to prevent
        slipping and tripping on the bathroom floor. Loose rugs can be hazardous
        so stick with non-slip materials.
    --  Make tubs and showers more accessible. Consider a customized bath wet
        area. Walk-in tubs are a great solution for the physically impaired, and
        older bath tubs can easily be replaced with a walk-in bathtub. Consider
        having a seating area in the shower so an individual does not have to
        remain standing the entire time while showering. And be sure that the
        tub and shower surfaces are non-slip as well.
    --  Add grab bars. Using towel rails as grab bars is a major safety risk as
        they will not support a person. Instead, install grab bars following
        manufacturer's instructions carefully. Having grab bars next to the
        bath, shower and toilet are critical to help support someone when they
        move around the bathroom.
    --  Mind the lighting. Make sure you have ample lighting in the bathroom
        with a minimal amount of glare.
    --  Remember an elevated toilet seat. People with mobility impairments often
        find it difficult to stand up from a low-set toilet. Adapting to an
        elevated toilet seat is helpful and reduces the stress of sitting and
        standing. Wheelchair users will also find that a wide toilet seat is
        beneficial, as they can then rely on a lateral sliding transfer to move
        from the wheelchair to the toilet seat and back.
    --  Consider extra accessories. Properly locating things like soap dishes,
        shaving stands and shower caddies will make using the bathroom more
        convenient and safe. Having your professional bathroom installer advise
        you on where to install accessories will eliminate the need to stretch
        or reach for soap or shaving cream, minimizing the risk of falling.
    --  Use low-maintenance materials. When you remodel your bathroom, consider
        using modern materials that are easy to clean, are mildew-resistant, and
        have a lifetime guarantee. There are many available options for colors,
        patterns, and styles.

Having your bathroom remodeled may appear to be daunting, but certain companies, like Gold Medal Service, can create a fully customized bathroom with minimal difficulty in as little as one day. Bathroom remodeling is a timely and cost-effective solution for homeowners who need to adapt their bathroom making it safer and more convenient for someone with physical impairments to use, while increasing a home's value.

For more tips and advice on one-day bathroom remodeling solutions, contact Gold Medal Service at 800-576-GOLD or visit

About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service was founded in 1994 with a vision to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 Service Expert Technicians, Installers, and employees solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit

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