Tips to Help Seniors Stay Safe in the Bathroom

Every year thousands of elderly Americans suffer from washroom related injuries. Many times an independent elderly adult is forced into a nursing home after slipping in the bathroom and breaking a hip. What many people don’t consider is that simple things such as regulating faucet temperatures and adding proper lighting fixtures can go a long way in helping senior citizens live independently in their homes as they age. Implementing the following bathroom safety tips will help better minimize bathroom related injuries.

  1. Install a Chair-Height Commode – Toilets come in all sizes and colors. There are designs that have additional height so that they are easier to sit on and rise from. A chair-height commode eases the strain on knees and backs
  2. Equip your Bathroom with Grab Bars – New Hampshire Elder Care Professionals can install weight-bearing safety bars. A safety bar must not pull free under the body weight of the person who will be using it. Safety devices such as this need to look and feel secure. Otherwise, seniors will not trust them to be used. If the devices are not used, they serve no useful purpose. Install grab bars anywhere where sitting or rising can be encountered.
  1. Implement Temperature Regulating Faucets – Scalds are a leading cause of injury in bathrooms. There are sink, shower and tub faucets made that can be set to automatically mix in cold water with hot water to prevent scalding even if the faucet handle is turned all the toward hot. Skin thins as people age making scalding at lower temperatures more likely. A temperature regulating faucet offers protection for your elderly loved one. Talk to a Care Manager at Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire today to find out more about safety tips for elders in the home.
  2. Eliminate Slippery Floor Surfaces – There are permanent fixes available to render tile, tub and shower floors non-slippery even when wet. In lieu of specialized coatings, use mats in tubs and showers, and rubber backed carpeting on floors. Adhesive safety decals are okay too if they are properly installed and maintained.
  3. Install Bathroom Safety Lighting – Dimly lit bathrooms present opportunities to miss something on the floor or to mistake a shadow for an object. Seniors who need vision correction are likely to remove eyeglasses or contacts while bathing, making bright lighting even more necessary. This and the other mentioned safety fixes can minimize bathroom related injuries.