The great pandemic of 2020 has forced nearly everyone to spend more time at home, and there’s no doubt the collective experience is having an impact on the way we design or remodel our homes. According to most online sources, US home renovations are up, despite that fact that in 2019, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University predicted that 2020 would see below-average growth in home renovations, as part of a larger declining trend. Clearly that changed. And right there at the top of the renovation list? Bathrooms. One specific trend in this overall renovation landscape that the team at Jetta is exploring is the rise in demand for walk-in baths.
As more of our population evaluates what is needed to make independence a viable option for a longer period, there are numerous considerations from entries, door knobs, accessibility throughout the home, but chief among safety concerns for the aging American, is safety in the bathroom. Walk-in tubs makes bathing easier for anyone with mobility issues. In addition to the door and the built-in seat, walk-in bathtubs are designed to prevent slipping. Handrails, textured surfaces, and the position of the seat help users keep their heads above water. The seat is just as effective when you feel like taking a shower too.
Buying trends related to walk-in baths from our customers are proving that individuals are viewing aging in place as a great alternative to assisted living residences. Remodel job inquiries are up, and contractors who work with our showroom partners across the nation are generally reporting that their workloads have doubled since quarantines began.
According to a 2017 AARP study, 90 percent of people age 65 and over would prefer to stay in their own homes as they get older — and skip the assisted living facility. Are you, or maybe your aging parents are buying, building, or renovating a home to accommodate the needs of aging?
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