Not many people would put taking a shower, bath, or even just going to the bathroom on their list of riskiest things to do. However, taking a shower might be regarded as one of the more risky everyday activities given that the bathroom is sometimes thought of as the most dangerous room in the house.
Elderly or disabled individuals, including those who use wheelchairs, may find it challenging to use the restroom. The majority of bathrooms are relatively small and have very little floor space. It’s likely that their doorways are too narrow, making it challenging to access and use them when using a mobility equipment. Also, water can make the bathroom’s surfaces slippery. Falls become more likely as a result. However, by making a few simple changes, the majority of potential hazards and injuries can be avoided.
The following are some general guidelines to keep in mind about bathroom safety for seniors. Older loved ones may benefit from the increased functionality and safety afforded by senior bath aids and equipment, such as grab bars for the shower or a special tub for seniors.
Install bath safety grab bars
Bathtub assistance for elderly loved ones is important for those who have mobility issues. Bath safety grab bars can be installed in and out of the bathtub or shower, as well as next to toilets, to give elderly people a way to steady themselves as they move from sitting on the toilet to standing in their special senior bath tub.
It is essential to position the bath safety grab bars in an appropriate location. The bars should be positioned in convenient areas to provide balance support. Additionally, they must be placed at a height that enables the user to grasp them without having to extend their arms too far up or down.
Use a transfer bench
When going in and out of the shower or bath, elderly people may not be able to elevate their leg high enough to hoist it over the top of the tub. The installation of a transfer bench might make it easier to get in and out of the bathtub. A senior must secure themselves on the bench outside of the senior bathtub, and then move over to the seat within the tub. A senior can enter and exit the tub while seated in that position.
Invest in a senior bath chair for the shower
Bathing can be made simpler for people who have trouble maintaining their balance or standing for extended periods of time with the use of a senior bath chair, which offers support.
Utilize non-slip mats
Slippery surfaces are a common contributor to falls. Installing non-slip mats or decals on the floor of the shower or senior bath tub, as well as placing a non-slip mat on the floor after stepping out of the senior bath tub or shower, can help reduce slips and falls.
Conduct a temperature test on the water
Always check the water’s temperature twice before letting an elderly person use a senior bathtub or shower. Before stepping into the shower or senior bathtub, a caregiver should check the water’s temperature to reduce sudden movements that could result in a fall.
Make things accessible
Prepare the necessary goods, such as towels and clothing, and make sure that items that are frequently needed can be reached without having to bend over or stretch, such as shampoo and other toiletry items.
Get rid of all the throw rugs
Throw rugs may easily slide out from under your feet if you tread on one in front of a senior bathtub, the toilet, or the sink. Remove any bathmats or area rugs that can cause tripping, falling, or other mishaps.
Hire a live-in caregiver
It can be challenging to make sure an older family member can safely bathe and shower, especially if you are busy running your own home or just do not live close enough to help. If you or a loved one ever find yourself in need of assistance, ConsidraCare’s live-in caregiver are always ready to step in and provide the essential support, such as bath safety, for seniors.
Our highly skilled live-in senior care caregivers offer other specialist services including food preparation, laundry, light housework, transportation, and companionship in addition to bathing. We thoroughly screen all caregiver candidates for your loved one’s safety. If you or a loved one needs assistance at home, we offer a comprehensive package of services that is flexible, affordable, and convenient.
Want to learn more?
ConsidraCare’s live-in caregivers are trained to offer professional support to seniors, such as providing assistance in the bath. Please reach out to us at email@example.com or call us at 1-855-410-7971 to arrange care for a loved one.