7 Ways to Improve Bathroom Safety at Home
Unable to complete everyday tasks with the same mobility they once had, many seniors are finding it difficult to avoid slipping and falling in the bathroom. A few of the more common causes include insufficiently secured towel racks, slick floors, and shower doors that move unexpectedly upon entering or exiting.
If you’re looking to provide a safer bathroom environment for all concerned, here’s how to go about it:
- Equip showers and bath enclosures with sturdy grab bars anchored to wall studs so they can support the full weight of an adult.
- A flexible handheld shower wand with an on/off button might be easier to use than a traditional shower head. These are especially useful in combination with shower chairs.
- Toilets can be replaced with ADA-approved comfort height models to lessen the chance of a harsh fall. Alternatively, raised-height seats can be installed on existing toilets.
- Get a medical alert system with an extra waterproof medical alert button to keep in the bathroom at all times.
- Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees. For an added layer of protection, install no-scald faucets and shower heads.
- Some faucet handles are difficult for arthritic hands to grip and turn. These should be replaced with models that are easier for seniors to use.
- Replace your existing tub with a walk-in tub featuring a built-in bench. These facilitate easy access and exit and come with a seal-tight door that prevents water from escaping the tub. Available in many different styles, sizes, and colors.
At Tru-Comfort, have no greater priority than your family’s ongoing comfort, convenience, and safety. Contact us today to learn more about how we can enhance personal safety in every bathroom in your home.