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You know what the fastest growing sector of the US population happens to be? Seniors. Know what else? They’re also the fastest growing population group in the world.

It’s estimated that by 2030, over 30% of the US population will be 55 and older. Here are a few more revealing facts from seniorliving.about.com:

  • In 2000, approximately 605 million people were 60 years or older. By 2050, that number is expected to approach 2 billion.
  • People 50 and over control 77 percent of all financial assets in the United States, own almost 50 percent of all credit cards, and account for more than 50 percent of discretionary spending power.

If you’re at or near retirement age, you should also be encouraged that seniors are living longer than ever before.

At the same time, you can help yourself live a longer, injury-free life by taking greater care in the bathroom where the majority of home injuries occur. Not only that, but seniors and young children account for the vast amount of accidental slips and falls – once again, the bathroom is where these particular accidents are most likely to occur.

Does it have to be that way? Of course not. And to help you stay out of those statistical columns, CT Mechanical Solutions is pleased to present the following bathroom upgrade suggestions, each one a proven way to help yourself or another family member from injuring themselves:

  • blogAnti-scald shower valves prevent the shock of a sudden surge of hot water that frequently leads to losing one’s balance and falling.
  • Hand-held shower heads serve to minimize movement while taking a shower.
  • Grab bars near the toilet plus inside and outside the tub or shower stall can help you keep your balance and footing.
  • Motion sensitive faucets help ease the pain of arthritic hands.
  • Comfort height toilets, 3″ taller than regular models, limit the distance required to sit down and get back up.
  • A new walk-in tub with a built-in bench will allow you to enter and exit the tub by stepping over a very low-to-the-floor threshold. Once inside the tub, you can bask in the glory of a soothing Epsom salts bath.

At the same time, it’s important to remember that bathroom safety isn’t just a senior issue, it’s a people issue. For greater home safety, contact CT Mechanical Solutions today and ask about these and other bathroom and kitchen safety features you’re sure to appreciate.