In our previous installment, “Bathroom Safety for Aging in Place”, we discussed the concept of aging in place. Many seniors are self-reliant and usually aren’t willing to trade their independent lifestyles for life in assisted-living.
Considering increasingly more seniors are choosing to age in place, in-home safety should be on the top of the list of considerations for them. Specifically, bathroom safety should be of the utmost importance.
Aging-In-Place Bathroom Safety Ideas
Here is a list of some of the easiest bathroom safety products to install:
1) Elevated toilet seat
It can be very difficult for seniors to negotiate the sitting and standing involved in using the toilet. You may want to consider installing an elevated or raised toilet seat to make it less of a journey.
Keep in mind that seniors aged 85 and up experience most bathroom-related injuries on the toilet as opposed to the shower. So, an elevated toilet seat would be a relatively inexpensive and easy improvement to make that could markedly increase the overall safety of your bathroom.
2) Handheld showerhead
Using a handheld showerhead might help some seniors feel more independent and protected against the possibility of a spill. It is much easier to sit on a bath bench and use a hand nozzle than to maneuver under the shower head while standing.
3) Safety grab bars
Towel racks are not grab bars! Towel racks are not meant to withstand the weight of a human. They can easily bend, break, or become unattached. This, of course, can damage the wall and other surfaces at the very least. If the towel bar comes out of the wall while trying to put all your weight on it, the it and you are going down
Grab bars can be used to help the elderly stay stable, reducing the danger of falling while using the bathroom.
These grab bars play such an important role in providing stability to seniors who, for whatever reason, lose their footing and rely on the dependable sturdiness of a safety grab bar.
4) Shower stool
Seniors, or anyone with mobility issues, can use these ingenious, suspended shower benches to sit comfortably and shower without fear. In the past issues with regular shower stools legs slipping and sliding. All of that is alleviated here. Our shower seats are wall-mounted and fold up when not in use.
5) Dual functioning single hot & cold faucet
If you have dedicated “hot” and “cold” faucet knobs, you may want to think of installing a modern single-lever faucet that serves both hot and cold water thus reducing risky maneuvering while in the shower or tub.
6) Non-skid bath mat
There are many options out there when it comes to floor mats for bathrooms. One option could be to use non-slip suction mats.
Water can linger on the floor next to the shower and the sink. Place a suction or thick rubber mat outside of the tub in addition to the non-skid mat in the shower. It seems simple, but it could be the difference between falling and being injured or finishing your shower or bath incident-free.
7) Tub-to-shower conversion
A tub-to-shower conversion increases safety by removing the tub and installing a shower. This effectively creates a seamless transition between the shower basin and the bathroom flooring.
Being able to simply walk into or out of the shower without having to hoist your leg over the side is a major step in a much safer direction.
Even better, this type of renovation takes as little as ONE DAY to complete.
Thompson Creek has Bathroom Safety Solutions
It is very important that seniors avoid accidents and injuries while in the bathroom. Using the bathroom and washing or showering on their own is an important aspect of remaining self-sufficient. How successfully they can perform these functions while using the bathroom can determine whether or not they can safely continue to live alone.
Thompson Creek offers many different design solutions to help you increase the level of safety in your bathroom so that your loved ones can age in place unharmed. Check out some of the other bathroom safety solutions we have to offer or call to schedule your free consultation!