For those who live alone, are choosing to age in place, or are downsizing to a smaller home, bathroom safety is a significant concern. After all, more than a third of all home injuries happen in the bathtub or shower. Additionally, the older people get, the more at risk they are for injuries in the bathroom.
Senior care includes awareness of safety needs. Bathroom injuries may be reduced or prevented if certain bathroom safety measures are followed. Consider the following suggestions:
- Add non-slip floor and bath coverings. Slippery floors and puddles of water are a recipe for injuries! But non-slip floor mats and bath coverings help provide traction, giving more peace of mind and assurance as the bathroom is navigated.
- Install hand bars and handrails. The installation of hand bars designed to support a person’s weight can totally change the outcome of an otherwise catastrophic situation.
- Use a shower caddy to keep everything accessible and within reach. Rather than having to turn to every corner for bathing and shower supplies, a shower caddy keeps everything in one place, reducing the risk of falls.
- Utilize a foot scrubber to clean feet without having to bend down. A non-slip, gripped foot scrubber gets the job done without the risk of losing balance.
- Install a shower head with an extension hose. This helps the bather to get clean without straining themselves to reach more difficult areas. It’s also beneficial for a caretaker who may be assisting.
- Consider a shower seat for additional security.
- Install a toilet safety frame. This may make sitting down and getting up much easier. It also helps the senior adult maintain their privacy and independence.
- Make sure the bathroom is well lit, including night lights. Night lights that provide enough illumination may help prevent a nighttime accident.
- Consider a walk-in tub. This can allow you to navigate the shower/bathtub without having to climb over the edge of the tub. The installation of a tub door maintains the enjoyment of a relaxing bath with additional safety measures.
- Make sure bathroom essentials are easily accessible and well-stocked. This can prevent unnecessary twisting and turning that could lead to falls.
For additional ideas and assistance with a senior move, contact us at Monarch Living LLC!