Sunday, April 19, 2015
Ted and I had fun showing our walk-in tubs at the Jamestown Home & Garden Show today. I took pictures of all the booths so everyone in our area could see what was being displayed at the show. We met lots of nice people and really enjoyed visiting with everyone and sharing our "Aging in Place" products.
The more people I talk to at these shows the more I realize how important it is to plan ahead... especially to plan for life changes. By that, I mean planning for the way our bodies change as we age. We all hope that we will be able to get around as easily in old age just as easily as we did in our youth. But, in most cases that just isn't the case.
Today at the Home Show I met two families who are wisely remodeling their bathrooms to include either a walk-in tub or a barrier-free shower. Not that they actually need them now. They all appeared to be in good health and were moving around with ease. But, they are thinking ahead for the days when they might not be able to climb into a regular bathtub so easily without worrying about falling.
Statistically speaking, we all have good cause to be concerned about this. I did a little research and found out that, "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering." According to the Center, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in a house.
I think it's about time that we all started thinking about how to make our bathrooms safer.