The bathroom poses a lot of potential dangers for the less able members of your family, such as young children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. They could fall and slip, which can cause serious injuries. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid or minimize the risks.
When you purchase a bathtub, choose one with features that can help the elderly use the bathtub safely.
A lot of less able people fall when trying to get in or out of the shower or tub. You can install grab bars around the tub area that they can grasp for support. The bars must be sturdy and able to withstand significant pressure and weight. Bars are also ideal to place near the shower head so the user can hold on to one while washing or adjusting the temperature. There must also be bars near the toilet seat that will facilitate sitting down and getting up.
Raised Toilet Seat
Older people usually find it difficult to sit on the toilet. When you raise the toilet seat, it would be easier for seniors to sit down and stand up. Have a professional plumber elevate the seat by around 3 to 6 inches.
An alternative to placing grab bars are tension poles that can be installed near the tub. Similar to a grab bar, a tension pole provides additional support for older people as they get in or out of the bathtub.
If your family member is using a wheelchair, it would be doubly difficult to get into and out of the shower. A roll-in shower is designed specifically for people in wheelchairs. The shower is available in various sizes and styles. Just make sure it meets the standards set by the American Disabilities Association.
If you are living with an elderly loved one, it is a good idea to have your bathroom fitted with these various safety features. Doing this will significantly reduce the risk injuries and accidents in your home.