6 Senior Friendly Bathroom Ideas
According to a report by the National Institute on Aging, one-third of all seniors over the age of 65 suffer from a fall every year, and the large majority of these falls occurring in the bathroom. There are many reasons that a senior might fall in the bathroom and get injured, but slippery and cluttered floors and a lack of tools installed to safeguard them from falls are a few among the many.
Having a walk-in shower bath combo installed is just one of the ideas to keep seniors safe from injury. With the safety of your aging loved one in mind, here are some adjustments that you can make in the bathroom to make sure they’re safe.
Safety Rails and Bars
Adding safety rails and grab bars in locations throughout the bathroom where seniors have access to them is a great idea to decrease falling risk. At a minimum, you should have them installed next to the toilet, outside the shower or bathtub, and inside the shower.
Add More Storage
Clutter is a major problem in bathrooms no matter your age. If there's constantly clutter all over the bathroom counters and floors, there's a much higher likelihood of tripping on something and falling. Installing more storage is an inexpensive way to keep the seniors in your life safe from serious injury.
Walk-In Tub Shower Combo
A walk-in tub shower combo not only keeps seniors safe from falling while in the shower or tub, but it also gives them more independence. Now instead of relying on someone to give them a bath or shower, they can walk into the tub themselves, sit on the bench inside, and use the handheld showerhead to wash themselves. Because they don’t have to bend down and sit all the way on the floor, they can take care of bathing themselves without the risk of falling.
Nonslip Bath Mats
Nonslip bath mats are an additional way to keep seniors safe without spending a lot of money. Make sure your bathmats have rubber gripping so they won’t slide around, even if they get wet. Put the anti-slip mats in front of the toilet, the bathtub and/or shower, as well as in front of the vanity.
No matter what you do, there’s a chance that a fall can still happen. In this case, it’s best to have an emergency phone available in the bathroom for the person to call for help if needs be. The phone should be waterproof and easily accessible from anywhere in the bathroom so they're more likely to be able to get to it in case of an accident.
When you’re older, your knees and other joints just don’t bend like they used to. Something as simple as crouching down to a sitting position is difficult for many seniors. Installing a raised toilet will make sure that the person using the toilet is able to keep their knees as straight and as stable as possible. This will significantly reduce the risk of falling.
There are lots of things you can do to make sure that your aging parents are safe, including having a walk-in bathtub shower combo installed. These quick and easy features you can add to their bathroom are just some of the things you can do to ensure their safety while they’re still living at home.
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