Even though aging is a completely natural process, this doesn’t mean that we should ignore the living situation of our loved ones. They have some specific health requirements and they also need some household repairs. But, another important thing they need is certain changes in the interior of the home. For instance, they need drawers, doors, and cabinets that are easy to open (and close). They also need tools to open jars and cans easily. In addition, they need to think about their own safety. The main point is to help them feel their home as a place where they can relax, feel good and safe.
The good news is that there is more than one good way to make any home safer. Many of these measures are very easy and with their help, you can make the elderly person keep the feeling of independence which is very important to them. These changes and modifications are made throughout the home, but according to some experts, the bathroom is the most critical area. These claims are based on official statistics. For example, people who are between 75 and 85 years old have 200% more chances to experience non-fatal (yet serious) injury in their bathroom. In addition, 8 out of 10 falls in the home are happening in the bathroom. So, how can we enhance bathroom safety?
To start with, you should find a way to make commonly used items in this area reachable. Shampoos, soaps, shower gels should be easy to reach. Next, you should eliminate potentially hazardous items like throw rugs and include some safer items like showers that come with seats or walk-in tubs. Sometimes even small changes like this can significantly improve bathroom safety.
It is also a smart move to install so-called grab bars on the walls close to the toilet. While we are talking about the toilet, using a safety frame with specially designed arms is another great idea. You should also think about the lighting. For example, the installation of nightlights that are activated automatically can improve bathroom safety greatly.
Setting the temperature at the right level will increase safety too. It is not difficult to burn your skin which is significantly thinner when you are old. The temperature should be clearly visible. Furthermore, use skid proof shower or tub surfaces and/or use a mat at the tub’s surface.
We hope that these bathroom safety tips will be helpful.