Part of caring for our elderly is helping them live comfortably and safely in their own homes. This includes making sure that every part of their home is equipped and designed for their special needs.
According to the Center for Disease and Control Prevention, the bathroom is where 80% of fall-related accidents happen among seniors over 65 years old. Help prevent your loved ones from experiencing falls and accidents. Here are some safety measures you can take to make a bathroom senior friendly.
Improve the Bathroom’s Accessibility
If your bathroom doorway is too narrow, you have to remodel it to improve its accessibility. The entryway should be 36 inches wide to accommodate wheelchairs. When choosing door furniture, opt for levers instead of regular doorknobs to make the door easier to open. If possible, switch to sliding doors as well.
Install a Built-In Seat
Built-in seats or portable chairs can make bathing more convenient. These devices provide support to people who have physical limitations or to seniors who have difficulty standing without losing their balance. Most walk-in-showers for seniors have their own built-in-seats. If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, a walk-in-shower is definitely a wise choice.
Use a Non-Slip Floor Covering and Grab Bars/Toilet Safety Rails
Prevent seniors from slipping and tripping by using proper bathroom accessories. A non-slip floor covering is very important to prevent slips in walk-in showers. Grab bars and toilet safety rails can also help them get in and out of the bathroom safely even without assistance.
Install a Walk-in Tub or Shower
Walk-in tubs are one of the best things invented for seniors. They usually have doors that you can open or close when you enter and exit the bathtub, which means seniors don’t need to climb over the edge of the tub to get in and out of the bath.
Declutter and Reorganize
As with any kind of room or space, it’s easy to move around when there’s no clutter. Take the time to declutter and reorganize your bathroom. Refrain from placing too many items in the bathroom, and limit the products to only those that your family uses daily. Avoid putting small items and products on the sink since they can be knocked over to the floor easily and may cause anyone to trip. If you’re going to install storage, opt for pull-out drawers instead of cupboards that can be inaccessible.
Indeed, you can make your bathroom better for the elderly. Whether you decide to install a walk-in shower for seniors or improve your bathroom’s accessibility, the tips above can help you design a safer bathroom.