The bathroom needs to be one of the safest and most accessible rooms in the entire home. Older adults might find that an existing bathroom design does not provide them with the means necessary to safely access the bathroom and its features. Making a few simple changes and implementing bathroom safety tips is all that is required to make a bathroom space easy to use and safer for older adults.
Preventing Slips and Trips
The wet surfaces of bathrooms present distinct hazards to people of every age. Older adults in particular are vulnerable to slipping and falling while in the bathroom. These are some easy and inexpensive changes that do not require any remodeling:
- Purchase non-slip adhesive stickers to place on the bottom of the bathtub or shower.
- Replace small, slippery bathmats with larger, thicker mats
- Use carpet adhesives to fix the bathmat firmly in place
- Install bathroom grab bars above the bathtub, in the shower stall, and next to the toilet
- Install an adjustable shower head or a shower head connected to a hose for handheld control
New Fixture Installation
Walk in tubs provide people with a safe, simple way to enjoy the bathing experience without the difficulty associated with climbing in and out of a traditional bathtub. These can be surprisingly affordable solutions that offer a long term investment in personal safety.
Planning for the Future
Being proactive about personal safety is a good idea. A few simple changes can significantly increase your comfort and well-being in the bathroom.