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.
- 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
- 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.