If you’re like most people you would like to stay in your home for as long as possible. In order to do this you need to make sure that your bathroom is a safe place. There are new add-ons in the market that make this more attractive and easier than ever to accomplish. Let’s look at some of the products that are available that make your bathroom a safer place.
Safety bars, also known as grab bars or handgrips, are essential to bathroom safety. They are relatively easy to install. Most installations into drywall require attaching a grab bar to a stud in the wall. Other methods may be used in concrete walls. A quick search on the internet will open up a whole world of design options. You aren’t stuck with the hospital look.
Most people don’t realize that toilets are actually lower than the standard chair. This can make it very hard for you to get back up from the toilet as you age. This is where raised seats are helpful. Also, seats that have side arms attached to them can be helpful.
Help tremendously with sanitation issues. While this isn’t strictly a safety issue, it is a health issue. A bidet seat proves very helpful if you have trouble twisting around to cleanse the anal area. Water does the job instead. Many seats come with an air-dry feature, eliminating the need for toilet paper.
Walk in bathtubs are one of the most useful inventions of recent years. They are considerably safer for seniors. Basic walk in tub models are very similar to an ordinary bathtub with the exception of the door in the side. High-end models offer whirlpool jets and air jets. Almost all models include each seat, making it easy to soak in luxury.
Bathtub Chairs and Seats
For those who do not have the financial resources to replace their standard bathtub with a walk in bathtub, bathtub chairs and seats are the next best option. You can find shower chairs that fit within the bathtub, bath boards that rest on the bathtub walls, full benches with legs, and seats that swivel. The swiveling chair option is probably the most safe option as it allows a senior to sit down then swing their legs over the side of the tub as a chair swivels into position.
Pause Control Hand-Held Shower Heads
Installing a pause control hand-held shower head increases safety in the bathtub by eliminating the need to get up and down to turn on the shower. You can turn the water on once, get the temperature right, and then turn the flow on and off at the shower head during their bath. This requires less maneuverability and reduces the chances of slipping during your bath.
This is another item that can assist you when your budget doesn’t support replacing your bathtub with a walk-in tub. A tub grip attaches to the wall of the tub using rubber pads to prevent slippage. There are many different styles and designs to choose from. The primary advantage is that a tub grip does not have to be attached to a wall. It can be positioned in the place it’s needed. By giving a senior something to hang onto during transfer in and out of the tub it reduces the chances of falling.
Nonslip mats can protect you from slipping when the floor gets wet. Some seniors worry about discoloring their linoleum. Don’t get caught up in aesthetics at the expense of your life. You don’t want to be one of the seniors who fall each year in their bathrooms, break their hip and die the same year. Make sure you have a mat anyplace water is likely to stand.
If you put these safety tips into place, you should be able to enjoy your home for much longer. There’s no reason to move into assisted living or nursing home care if you can remain in your home, safe and secure.