What is one of the scariest feelings Seniors share?
You guessed it!
We have found one of the most dreaded culprits is the bathroom. On a daily basis, we hear your Mom or Dad say they never want to go to an institutional facility. The bathroom is a great place to prepare to stay home for the long run. This means having a fall free bathroom! This does not necessarily mean having to remodel your bathroom. Just a few minor adjustments will make a big difference. Here’s a list of Bathroom Do’s and Don’ts:
Do have non-slip floors or non-slip carpeting to prevent slips and falls.
Don’t have loose rugs, such as throw rugs on bathroom floors.
Don’t wear slippery socks or slippers
Bathtubs and Showers
Do have non-slip pads or strips on the bathtub and shower floors.
Do place grab bars where necessary. They must be long and wide enough to grasp easily, with a non-slip grip.
Do place bathtub safety rails to help get into and out of a tub safely.This will also eliminate stooping.
Do use bath and shower stools/seats and transfer benches to help with balance problems or weaker muscles. Shower stools must have rigid seats and backs. Legs should have rubber tips.
Do change to a flexible handheld showerhead. This can be used to direct water where you desire while sitting comfortably on a stool/seat.
Do check the water temperature before you get into the bath or shower. Your hands are used to hot water, therefore it will be much hotter to your body. Adjust before getting in.
Do use a molded plastic seat. This is the simplest way to increase seat height by about 4 inches (the average toilet is 15-17 in. high). An adjustable seat will add 3 to 6 inches of height, which will help many people who have arthritis, hip, knee or back problems, give them better leverage toward a standing position.
For additional information please contact our office:
Tender Loving Family Care 585-637-0333 www.tenderlovingfamilycare.com