How to Ensure Your Bathroom is Safe
Bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous spaces in a senior’s home, so it’s important to ensure ample care and safety. Take these preventative measures to better your in-home bathroom safety, and to reduce the chance of injury or accidents.
Slippery surfaces can be hazardous. Falls pose a great risk of not only injury, but can be fatal at times. Falls are common when entering and exiting the shower, as the area is slippery. Installing anti-slip mats or slip-resistant tiles in the bathroom can reduce the risk of falling when trying to support yourself.
Install a Grab Bar, Shower Chair or Hand Held Shower
Grab bars are an important safety factor in creating a conducive environment for your senior. Grab bars support the full weight of an adult and are useful in offering the much needed support. Place grab bars strategically in the bathroom, such as near the toilet, to make it easier in getting up and down.
Standing while taking a shower can be strenuous. Installing a shower chair and hand held shower goes a long way in solving this problem and allowing you to relax while showering.
Lighting is a major factor in a home. Use multiple lights in the bathroom and the hallway that leads to the bathroom. Clearly identify obstacles along the way to prevent falling or slipping. The lights should be optimally regulated to ensure they aren’t too bright.
Raise Toilet Height
Squatting can be tiresome for any senior. Raising your toilet’s height goes a long way in relieving this stress. Alternatively, purchasing a raised toilet seat can be of added assistance especially when others in the family are sharing the same toilet. The seat can be removed as an option.
Making these minor changes to your bathroom go a long way to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
If you enjoyed this, read our blog “Fall-Proofing The Home for Safety.”
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