As some people already know, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in any house. There are plenty of reasons for this, not the least of which is the linoleum or ceramic tile floor surfaces that are most common throughout the country. When these types of materials get wet, especially with bare feet, they can be almost as slippery as ice.
For seniors and other individuals who have some mobility challenges, staying safe in the bathroom isn’t guaranteed. Things become exacerbated as they get older. Below are three things that might help seniors improve safety at home, especially in the bathroom.
First, consider installing grab bars.
Grab bars can hold the weight of a full grown adult in the event they slip. They can also offer a great deal of comfort when the senior grasps on to them when getting into or out of the shower or tub. If they are not installed properly, though, they will be little more than glorified towel bars.
For anyone who is considering installing grab bars in the tub or shower or possibly even around the toilet as a way to help people ease down onto and get back up from it, they need to be done properly. They need to be anchored into the wall studs and not just the wallboard or sheet rock.
Second, shower seats can be beneficial.
A shower seat is basically like a seat comprised of stainless steel and plastic. An elderly person who may have diminished strength in his legs can get into the tub or shower, turn on the water, and using a hand-held shower head, can sit down while he bathes.
The benefit from this is the senior doesn’t have to wear out their legs, which can cause them difficulty getting out of the tub when their shower’s over. They can rest while taking care of their personal hygiene without any real assistance from anyone else.
Third, consider a raised toilet seat.
Many toilets today are incredibly low, making it extremely difficult for somebody with less strength as they get older to get down onto and back up safely. An elevated toilet seat can solve this problem. These don’t require any renovations, a new toilet doesn’t need to be installed, and the seat itself simply slides over the existing toilet and has its own features that provide comfort and safety, including a handle to grasp onto.
By considering these improvements, many seniors can be safer in the comfort of their home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in River Oaks, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
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