Handrails can make the life of a senior a lot simpler and safer. When getting up from the toilet, bath or shower table, having something to hang onto helps seniors to have more freedom. A robust, well-placed handrail would be appreciated by a senior or mobility-challenged person outside the bathroom, anywhere there is a step or incline.
Smooth floors seem sleek in bathrooms, but when wet, they are dangerously sticky. Throwing rugs or mats may assist, but they may also pose a risk of tripping. A slip-resistant and cushioned material is the best choice for healthy bathroom flooring, the best of which is rubber. Accessible as rolls or tiles, rubber flooring is more costly than other alternatives. The benefits of using rubber as bathroom flooring are that in the event of a fall it is both slip and moisture-resistant and provides the most cushion. But, as we said, compared to vinyl or tile flooring, it is also costly and there are few designs. Slip-resistant Vinyl is a very nice choice and on the budget it is much simpler. Vinyl is easy to maintain, comes in many types and, in the event of a spill, provides more cushion than tile.
There are many reasons to replace a regular bathtub with a form of Walk-In. For the safety and comfort of seniors or those with restricted mobility, the main factors are. For certain individuals, even with handrails, getting in and out of a regular bathtub can be dangerous. The best choice for unassisted and assisted bathers is walk-in bathtubs.
It is not often considered by people that a regular shower can be a safety issue. For others, however, the chance of a dangerous fall may be increased by having to step over even a small threshold. In several setups, senior-friendly showers come and there are also conversion kits available.
For ease of use by many seniors, the height of a regular toilet seat is always too low. For someone with back, hip or knee issues, this is also the case. Getting handrails will help, but it is even better to replace the toilet with an elevated one. New raised toilets are not costly and no special specifications for installation are required.
There are also elevated seats for existing toilets that can be used. This may be the best choice, depending on your needs. If this bathroom is used heavily by seniors, or if the home is in a senior living environment, it may be the best choice and also add value to the property to replace the toilet with one with a raised seat.
When it comes to keeping a safe place for seniors, our last tip is sometimes ignored. When it comes to eliminating clutter, the floor is the most important area. Trash cans need to be placed under a fridge, door stops can not be used, and make sure to keep toys off the floor where seniors will be walking if there are kids in the house. In the senior-friendly household, tossing rugs can also be a tripping danger and should be avoided.