Four Quick Fixes for Bathroom Safety
Bathrooms are an incredibly dangerous area and they're the rooms in which your aging adult is most vulnerable. Fast fixes give you a chance to make a big difference in a short period of time. 

Clear a Path, Day or Night

If there is anything in between your senior's bathroom and the other areas of the house, you need to do whatever is possible to remove it. Clutter, furniture, or anything at all that is moveable needs to be moved. Nightlights or motion-sensing lighting can help to insure that your senior can see clearly when she's headed toward the bathroom, even at night. Be sure to check flooring for tripping hazards, as well. Sometimes that cute throw rug is really a problem waiting to happen.

Grab Bars and Anything Supportive

There really can't be too much support for your senior in the bathroom. If there is enough wall space, consider adding grab bars all the way around the room. You can even install grab bars under counters to give your senior something to reach for if she loses her balance. Grab bars around the toilet make it easier and safer for her to sit down and stand up again.

Raise the Toilet

Incidentally, raising the toilet is really easy to do. There are even seat adjusters that raise the height of the seat without having to change anything about the toilet itself. This is important because a lower seat can be more difficult for your elderly family member to use, particularly if she has mobility issues. The  best part is that you usually don't need any special tools or experience to change out the regular seat for a raised one.

Make Bathing as Easy as Possible

Bathing can become more difficult for your senior as she ages. Consider adding a shower stool or bench to the tub or shower stall. This gives your senior somewhere to rest while she bathes. In addition, she might benefit from a shower head with a longer cord to help her avoid having to move herself around much. A shower head with a longer reach also makes it easier for you to help her to bathe.

If your senior needs more help with bathing or toileting, consider hiring elder care providers. They have experience in helping aging adults with all of these types of personal care tasks with dignity and compassion. They may be able to help you spot other potential safety issues in the bathroom and elsewhere, too.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Sugarhouse, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.


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