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6 Home Safety Tips for Elderly Parents in Bathroom
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Bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous places for seniors. According to the NIA (National Institute of Aging), 80% of all fall accidents involving seniors occur in the bathroom, leading to bone fractures and other major injuries.
Here are some improvements you can make to your home to increase safety in your home for seniors, to reduce the risks of accidents, and to make daily bathroom activities safe and manageable for the elderly.
1. Place non Slip Mats near the Sink and Bathroom Entryway
Make sure to have a toilet door of at least 24 inches wide to allow easy access for wheelchairs and commodes.
Standard bathroom door is 32 inches width (81cm). For small space, the door width down to 28 inchesor 71cm
Place an anti-slip mat outside of the toilet entryway. This provides a surface with a good grip to prevent slipping after a shower.
2. Install support grab bars
- require a height between 33’’ and 36’’ inches from the finished floor of the bathroom, shower or tub.
- is frequently preferred over a horizontal bar because it is easier for arthritic hands to grip.
- Recommended installing the bar at no more than 9’’ from the edge of the outside tub wall
The best height for grab bars is always going to be where it will be the most secure and comfortable for the intended user. So in other word, if you don't install the bars in the right place, they are unlikely to be used by the person they are intended it for!
⦁ While a tall person need a higher grab bar, or a raised toilet seat
3. Place a shower chair and a raised toilet seat at Shower Area
A standard toilet bowl is about 15 inches from floor to seat, which can put a lot of strain on the back and legs of the elderly when rising up after using the toilet. Height of toilets bowl must have 17"-20" floor to bowl rim height, including the seat. You can consider to add toilet seat raiser.
Include a shower stool or shower chair to allow seniors to conserve energy in their legs while showering, providing extra comfort and security.
Wall-mounted shower seats are convenient and easy to put away, but require the elderly to have some strength in their legs to support them while seated, while a standard shower chair takes up more room, but gives the elderly a more secure seat that they can fully relax in.
For the semi-dependent, A commode shower chair with wheels is a very convenient solution to bed-to-bathroom transfers, and can even be wheeled in over a toilet if the patient needs to use the loo.
4. Apply Anti Slip flooring treatment
Install anti-slip flooring to give the elderly extra grip in their footing, even when the floor is wet, to greatly decrease the risk of slipping and falling.
5. Use Shower Tools for Self Independent
Other shower tools, such as a long brush or long comb can provide a better quality of life for the elderly, allowing them to clean themselves independently and wash or groom hard-to-reach areas on their own. Having a sense of control over their daily activities can go a long way towards building more confidence in the elderly, allowing them to live more fulfilling, happier lives.
6. Install Ramp
- Fall can be PREVENTED
- By using proper ads and adaptation can help to manage fall risk in home.
- If you need professional advice on home hazard assessment, can contact us for an appointment.
- Do not bring or use walker inside narrow toilet, can cause trip over inside toilet
- Do not use squat toilet if possible, prolong squat and sudden stand will make dizziness and possibly fainting (Orthostatic Hypotension)
- Do not use faucet or pipes or cabinet sink as support during ambulate toward bathroom
- Do not use towel bar as grab support (not suitable for holding weight)
- Do not enter or let enter into bathroom without any supervision or inform to care giver
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