How to Make Your Bathroom Senior Safe
Whether you intended to live in your home for the rest of your life or are the caretaker of an elderly person, you should consider renovating your bathroom with accessibility in mind.
Just like the kitchen is the heart of your home, your bathrooms are one of the most used spaces in your home.
Yet, what homeowners do not take into mind is that your home should age as you do. As life gets busy and you are bustling with the responsibilities of a family and career, your bathroom is the last thing to cross your mind, but sometimes you do not realize just how hazardous the bathroom can become until it too late. Wet floors, slippery tiles, and mobility can be very dangerous to those who are not as agile as a twenty-year-old young adult. So the best thing you can do is prepare early on for your later years or renovate your bathroom so it is easily accessible for your senior citizen.
Here is a list of five ways you can make your bathroom senior safe.
A safe shower is the best shower for the elderly, and one way you can make your shower a safe place is by installing a shower bench or invest in a shower chair. By doing so, you decrease the bodily strain standing can do to an aged body. It will also reduce the chances of slipping and falling and ensures a comfortable bathing experience for your senior citizens.
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Sturdy grab bars provide you a safer bathing experience than not having one. Grab bars gives you something to hold onto as you are entering and exiting the shower or a stable place to grab when sitting down on your shower chair. By installing one on the outside and inside of your will ensure stability and safety for you and your elderly person.
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As the human body ages, it cannot handle hunching over for long periods of time or else it would put too much strain on the back. By increasing the height of your vanity, you are preventing any more stress on your aging body. Be conscious though to everyone’s specific needs, not every elderly person will need to increase the height of their vanity if they are wheelchair-bound or otherwise, but do consider the possibility of it if they may need it in the future.
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The better your bathroom is lit, the more comfortable you and your elderly person will be. Everyone understands that when you age, your eyesight will go. It is inevitable. So, to decrease the stress on your eyes, make sure your bathroom is well-lit.
Invest in a handheld showerhead to make sure your shower is elderly-friendly. Handheld showerheads are made to be easily adjustable for length and height, and versatile for every senior citizen of all size and shape. To make bathing an easier and more comfortable experience for you and your senior citizen, install a handheld showerhead.
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