Tips to make your
bathroom senior safe
Each year, many seniors are injured in
their home. While accidental injuries can be quite serious, especially
for seniors, most accidents around the home are preventable.
The fact is that some rooms in your home
are not automatically equipped to handle the special needs of senior
citizens. Your bathroom is one of those rooms. Many bathrooms harbor
hazards that could contribute to a fall and serious injury.
Unfortunately, these hazards are easy to overlook. The good news is that
they also are easy and inexpensive to fix.
A safer home can help give you peace of
mind. And quite often, all it takes are some relatively minor home
modifications and repairs along with the practice of some simple,
common-sense safety habits. Here are some tips to make your bathroom
senior safe and reduce the risk of injury:
- Keep a nightlight on in the bathroom.
- Make sure the pathway from the bedroom
to the bathroom is lit properly.
- Remove tripping hazards, such as cords
and throw rugs. If you use bathroom rugs, make sure they have a
- Install handrails in the bathtub and
- Place a rubber mat or non-skid strips
on the bathtub or shower floor. To avoid a bone-breaking slip, you
may want to consider using a bath bench or secure stool instead of
sitting on the bottom of the bathtub.
- Consider a wall-mounted dispenser for
shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap. It's easier than struggling
with a slippery shampoo bottle or bar of soap.
- Consider a raised toilet seat with
rails around the toilet to prevent back injuries and make getting on
and off easier.
- Set the water thermostat at no higher
than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the risk of scalding.
- For the convenience of seniors who sit
in the shower, install a hand-held shower head. This will give the
user more control.
Virtually everything on this list costs
no more than a few dollars apiece. More importantly, it will make your
bathroom senior safe and help prevent avoidable accidents.
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