Bathroom safety implementations for seniors are often overlooked until it’s too late.
When it comes to senior adults trying to navigate their home, the bathroom is potentially the most dangerous/accident-prone area of living they are faced with daily. The bathroom is a very important part of our lives, and we need to be able to use it with ease, confidence, and as safely as possible.
In this article, we will be discussing seven impactful ways to make your bathroom a safer and more accessible area for senior living.
Grab bars are a great way to bring bathroom safety and independence for seniors into your home.
Grab bars can be used next to the toilet for extra seating/rising support and even in the shower or near the bathtub for bathing support. They are an extremely effective way to prevent slips, falls, and strain. Depending on the model, grab bars can be mounted to your wall for permanent support or suction-cupped to surfaces for adjustable support and repositioning.
Lowering down or rising up from a toilet seat can be quite strenuous and even impossible for seniors. Implementing a sturdy raised toilet seat is a great way to take the struggle and danger out of the toilet experience and add much-needed support and security.
Pairing a tub transfer bench with your grab bar is a great way to solidify bathing safety tactics.
A tub transfer bench makes it safe as well as strain-free for seniors to enter and exit their bath or shower (which is where most harmful slips and falls occur). When paired with a grab bar, tub transfer benches are most useful for a secure, comfortable, and accident-free bathing experience.
Installing a long-hose hand-held shower head is another way to add safety features to the senior living experience. Traditional shower heads require seniors to stand throughout their bathing time which raises the likelihood of accidents. A long-hose shower head will allow seniors to comfortably and safely sit on a tub transfer bench while bathing and will significantly reduce the risks of slips and falls.
Residential bathroom floors aren’t typically designed with safety in mind. The bathroom flooring of our homes is chosen by our styles and preferences (which usually consist of smooth surfaces that are easily made slippery).
When implementing bathroom safety features for seniors, you should always consider standing/walking stability. Bathroom floors are prone to getting wet/slippery and causing accidents (especially for seniors). The best way to combat this is by adding non-slip mats to your bathroom floor and shower areas.
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When seniors have to overextend or reach for high or low necessities to meet their needs, the risk of slips and falls is greatly increased. Adding safety features to your bathroom (like shower caddies) and keeping essentials (like shampoo, toilet paper, etc.) easily within reach is a great way to make the bathroom experience for seniors much safer and strain-free.
If you are a senior looking to maximize your bathroom safety efforts or simply a concerned family member wanting to protect a senior from common accidents, Active Lifestyle Products can help!
Don’t wait for an accident to happen, give us a call today for bathroom safety products designed to make the senior living experience safe and secure.