5 Products That Can Help Make the Bathroom Safer For the Senior In Your Life
By Complete Care Specialist June 21, 2018
As we get older, basic, daily tasks get harder and hard to complete without assistance. That's okay though because there are plenty of home safety aids out there to help. Here are some bathroom safety products that will help the senior in your life get around the bathroom with more ease.
Grab bars Grabs bars are an excellents addition to any bathroom for several reasons. They are easy to install, they are relatively inexpensive, and you can boost molibility in the bathroom without making any major modifications. Install the grab bars by the toilet, near the bathtub, and inside the shower so your senior can get in and out/up and down easier than before.
Bathroom benches A bathroom bench can attach to the side of the tub or shower, giving a senior a place to sit while they are bathing. This helps with those who experience muscle weakness and can't stand for long periods of time.
Bedside commodes You can make bathroom experiences safer outside of the physical bathroom too. Bedside commodes help those recovering from surgery, or suffering from weakness, dizziness, or even paralysis. It allows them to maintain toilet habits without having to make their way into the bathroom.
Non-slip mats When seniors fall, they are at an increased risk of serious injury. Non-slip mats can help reduce their chance of falling in the bathroom. You can install these in front of the tub, sink, toilet, and shower to create a beneficial, non-slip surface. You can also install a mat inside the tub so they don't slip in the suds.
Raised toilet seats As we get older, sitting down and standing up becomes more difficult. This is especially true for seniors who suffer from arthritis or joint pain. A raised toilet seat can help with that. The seat sits three to four inches higher than a traditional seat so seniors don't have to lower their bodies as far. They also often come with handles on the side to assist with movement.
By 2010, 5.5 million Americans lived to the age of 85 or older. This 85+ age group is expected to grow to 19 million Americans, or 5% of the population, by 2050, according to the Institute of Aging. With more and more people living longer, it's important that they have products available for them to make life a little easier day-to-day. Check out our inventory so you can help out the senior in your life with bathroom safety.
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