Did you know the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house? What better way to show your grandparents you care than by making sure they are safe in their own bathroom. Nearly 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 fall at least once annually. Taking the right precautions can help decrease the chances of a fall and keep your loved ones safe.
Slick floors make it difficult to walk safely, small spaces, sharp edges and few things to grasp make maneuverability difficult in the bathroom as well. Often, seniors use unsafe measures to prevent falling in the bathroom, such as holding onto insufficiently secured towel racks, chairs that are not slip-resistant and sliding shower doors. To promote awareness and prevent these dangers, Springer Plumbing recommends using the following tips to make bathrooms safe for your loved ones.
•Equip showers and surrounding walls with sturdy grab bars. These should be anchored to wall studs so they will support the full weight of an adult. Some safety handles use super strong suction cups that are easy to apply and remove.
•Consider installing non-skid tape or mats in showers and bathtubs.
•A shower chair is also a safe solution that can be easily placed when balance is a challenge.
•Flexible handheld shower wands with an on/off button might be easier to use than a traditional shower head. These are especially useful in combination with shower chairs.
•Toilets can be replaced with ADA-approved raised-height models to lessen the chance of a fall. Additionally, raised-height seats can be installed on existing toilets.
•Check temperature settings on water heaters, as water over 120 degrees Fahrenheit can scald skin. Special no-scald faucets or a no-scald regulator can be installed as a secondary layer of protection.
•Some faucet handles are difficult for arthritic hands to grip and turn. These should be replaced with models that are easier for seniors to use.
Let’s show our elderly loved ones how much we care by keeping them safe in the most dangerous room of their home. Contact us for help transforming any bathroom into a safe, comfortable, and cleanly space. Happy Grandparents Day!