The bathroom is one of the two most dangerous rooms in the house. (The other is the kitchen.) For seniors, bathrooms in particular present extra risk. Water that splashes on the floor and nighttime visits to use the facilities can lead to falls, one of the greatest causes of accidental deaths in the US.
How can you make your loved one’s bathroom safer? Follow these 10 tips:
- The floor of the bathroom should have textured or nonskid tile. Smooth tile is hazardous when wet!
- Floor mats can prevent slipping, especially when stepping out of the bath or shower, but they can also be a tripping hazard. Be sure they lie perfectly flat, especially at the corners, before putting them into the bathroom.
- Tubs and showers are especially slippery when wet. Apply nonskid appliqués to make them safer.
- Put a shower chair or bench into the shower to make it easier for seniors to wash themselves.
- A handheld showerhead is easier to use than a fixed showerhead.
- Grab bars, both inside and outside a tub and shower, will allow for easy entrances and exits. Install them near the toilet, as well. Using grab bars instead of towel racks is a smart way to add extra security.
Even if your loved one doesn’t need grab bars, they will find it helpful to have something stable to grab onto if they slip.
Moreover, even if they don’t need it now, they may need it in the future. It’s better to install them to prevent a fall, rather than after one.
- Adequate lighting, in the bathroom — and en route to the bathroom — can prevent falls during the nighttime, when a senior might be groggy and less cautious.
- A higher toilet seat is easier to use. Seat extenders are available if changing the toilet is not practical.
- Everything should be within easy reach. Seniors should not have to bend, reach high, or stretch to reach anything they need.
- Glass containers have no place in a bathroom. However decorative they may be, they can easily be dropped, creating a major hazard. Transfer anything that comes in glass to a plastic container.
Sometimes “age-proofing” the bathroom is not enough. If the senior is not safe at home, it is important to be willing to consider other options, such as Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Keansburg, NJ. Our residents receive the highest quality rehabilitative and skilled nursing care in a homelike and compassionate environment conducive to healing.
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For over 25 years, we have been a staple of health and wellness, serving the members of our community and partnering with our local hospitals like Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, NJ and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ.
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If you or your loved one is starting to feel unsafe at home, don’t wait for something to happen. Contact us to schedule a tour by clicking here or by calling (372) 787-8100.