Bathrooms often have wet and slippery surfaces, and seniors have an increased risk of falling and reduced mobility. When you combine the two, you can see why ensuring a safe bathroom environment is so crucial for people in their sunset years. Not only does it help prevent accidents and injuries, but also it helps seniors maintain their independence and peace of mind. Simple modifications can greatly improve a senior’s quality of life. Scroll down to explore some of the modifications you could make to increase bathroom safety for seniors in your home.
Bathroom Safety for Seniors
Invest in a Walk-In Tub
In our senior years, many of us will struggle with flexibility and balance. Movements that were once simple, like hopping in and out of a bathtub, can become hazardous. Because walk-in baths have a low-entry threshold and door, they allow seniors to get into the tub without stepping over the high rim. This greatly eliminates the risk of tripping or falling present with traditional tubs. Furthermore, many walk-in tubs provide additional helpful features, like built-in seating (providing a secure place to sit while bathing), non-slip flooring, handrails, and easy-to-reach controls. Some even provide hydrotherapy jets for pain relief!
The floors of bathtubs and showers can be slippery, especially if you spill a product like soap or shampoo. Purchase a non-slip mat to prevent slips and falls. The textured, grippy surface will help you maintain your footing. In addition, make sure that any bathmats have a non-slip backing that grips the floor and a textured surface that provides traction. Check that the edges lay flat so the mat doesn’t become a tripping hazard.
When you feel a little unsteady on your feet, a grab bar can be a lifesaver. It provides support and stability and can help seniors feel more relaxed as they go about their daily routines. Although different people may prefer grab bars in different locations, some common spots include inside and outside the bathtub or shower, near the toilet, and near the sink or vanity. It’s helpful to consult a professional regarding the ideal placement of grab bars, and it’s absolutely essential that any grab bars are properly anchored to the wall and able to support the weight of the senior.
Who hasn’t stubbed their toe in the middle of the night? When visibility is reduced, falls become more likely. And because falls are especially dangerous for older people, nightlights are essential. They provide a gentle, low-level illumination that allows seniors to navigate their surroundings safely without stumbling, tripping, or bumping into things. A nightlight in the bathroom is essential, but also remember to add nightlights along the entire path leading from the bedroom to the bathroom. In addition, make sure you have adequate daytime lighting in your bathroom, especially if the room lacks windows. This can help with all sorts of tasks, including shaving, putting on makeup, taking medications, and more.
If you need help exploring bathroom safety for seniors, contact Liberty Home Solutions for assistance. We offer top-of-the-line safety tubs designed for ease and convenience. They’re ideal for anyone who experiences limited mobility and craves a more comfortable bathing experience. Simply walk into the acrylic tub, close the door, and relax. These tubs also feature a low entry, grab bar, slip-resistant tub floor, and built-in bench to ensure your comfort and safety. Schedule a free bathroom design consultation to learn more about all of the safety and accessibility options we offer. And be sure to ask how you can save $1000 off your bathroom remodeling project and enjoy our industry-leading lifetime warranty.