Bathrooms For Elderly Relatives
When our elderly relatives can safely and easily use the bathroom on their own, it allows them to age in place, and with dignity. Our seniors might not be registered as disabled, but we all have difficulties as we get older, so designing safe and accessible bathrooms are key to improving their quality of life and granting them independent living.
Slips and falls are the leading cause of accidents in the home, and the bathroom can present a perfect storm of risks. The motions of getting up and down, stepping in and out of bathtubs and showers, bending over at the sink, can be hazardous for anyone, especially the elderly. There are many to make them more accessible.
We have some tips to help our loved elderly relatives retain their independence.
1. Install lever taps
A lever tap means less difficulty for the elderly than having to twist and turn traditional taps. There are so many different styles to choose from, even including foot-operated taps.
2. Get a sprayer attachment for your shower-head
A detachable showerhead makes bathing easier and eliminates the need to stand in the shower, especially with shower seating.
3. Install grab bars and rails
One of the simplest ways to make your bathroom more accessible to add grab bars and rails in the shower, bath, and near the toilet.
4. Raise the height of the toilet
Raising the height of the toilet by three inches can make all the difference for the elderly. There are options including a ‘comfort height’ toilet, or you can raise the height of your existing toilet with extra thick toilet seats.
5. Non-slip bath mats and rugs
Non-slip mats in the shower prevent the elderly from falling while showering, and a non-slip rug prevents any accidents when getting out of the bath or shower.
6. Walk-in baths and showers
If climbing in and out of the tub is difficult for those who are unable to lift their legs as high, walk-in showers and baths are the ideal options.
If you are looking for options for easy access baths and showers, visit our store today.