It can be a hard truth to accept, but seniors are prone to falls, slipping, tripping, and bumping into things — and the outcomes can be more extreme than if they were to happen to a younger person. With that being said, homes where seniors live should be made senior-friendly, in order to keep them safe from getting hurt. If you are a senior, or you have a senior in your life, it’s important that you do all that you can to make your home as safe as possible; especially your bathroom.
How to Make Your Bathroom Safe for Aging Adults
Below we’ll explain three easy ways to make your bathroom safe for the aging adults in your home or to make your home safe for yourself as you age.
#1: Install Walk-In Shower Stalls Or Baths
An expert from a company that deals with in-home senior care pointed out that walk-in showers are a great proactive measure to take to keep seniors safe in the bathroom. Walk-in showers eliminate the need to step over the side of the tub which could lead to tripping and falling. Likewise, walk-in showers allow seniors to stand up to clean themselves rather than sitting down in a bath that may be hard to get out of for some aging adults.
If you’re redoing your bathroom with a senior in mind, consider installing a shower stall or bath that is easily accessible; meaning it’s easy to get in and out of and easy to operate.
#2: Think About Lighting
Lighting is key to keeping seniors safe in the bathroom. Seniors are more prone to falls when it’s dark and they can’t see; an easy way to avoid this is to consider the best lighting options. Standard wall switches may be hard for seniors to use, especially if they require the use of a cane or a walker. Some alternative light choices for your bathroom include:
- Clap-on lights
- Night lights; LED night lights are great choices as they are especially bright
- Floor lights/step-on lights
- Motion sensor lighting
#3: Install Things to Grip
Many senior bathroom injuries can be avoided by installing things for the senior to grab onto while they navigate the bathroom. Consider installing handlebars on the inside and outside of the shower stall or bath to make it easy for the user to get in and out.
Also, consider installing handlebars throughout the bathroom so they can get around easier; perhaps next to the toilet and in between the shower and the vanity/exit.
Be Proactive and Create a Safe Bathroom Today
It’s likely in your best interest to be proactive and make your bathroom as safe as possible today. Keep these safety tips in mind and the specific needs of your loved one or yourself as you remodel your bathroom with aging in mind.