For many seniors or people with disabilities, safety in the bathroom can be a real concern. Balance and coordination aren’t what they used to be, and the danger of a fall can be much greater.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, our safety bathtubs are the perfect addition for people who worry about their safety in the bathroom. They have specific safety elements included, and our portable bathtubs can even be moved into a bedroom for people who struggle with mobility. With this theme in mind, let’s look at a few general safety tips if you or a loved one needs a little more support.
Getting to and from the bathroom can often be the largest challenge, so clearing it of all clutter and objects is important. This includes things like mats or rugs, which can be easy to slip on. If the bathroom has a raised threshold, this is something you may need to address for certain people. Also, making sure the pathway is well-lit is very important for some seniors who may struggle with vision.
Grab bars are present in many of our safety tubs, but they’re also useful elsewhere in the bathroom. They’re typically easy to install or remove, and can be placed in non-invasive areas easily. This kind of additional support can often be the last line of defense against a sudden fall.
Placing aids in the bathroom to help with difficult clean up items is another good tactic. Consider toilet tissue aids, for people who struggle with bending or reaching behind to wipe. These can also improve hygiene and protect skin.
A raised toilet seat can reduce the effort it takes to sit down and stand up, often some of the toughest processes for people struggling with movement. These can be combined with toilet arms to make sitting and standing easier than ever.
Want to learn more about bathroom safety, or any element of our walk-in tubs and related services? The experts at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs are standing by.