We’re going to share of number of things you can do to recognize and remove hazards in your loved one’s bathroom. This is a very common place for falls since your loved one is either getting in and out of the bathtub or using the toilet.
- Always leave a light on at night. If you don’t want to leave the light on, make sure the bathroom has a motion activated nightlight.
- Clearly mark the faucets as “cold” and “hot” to avoid scalding. You may also want to ensure that the water temperature is no higher than 120 degrees.
- Use anti-slip mats in and around the tub to avoid slipping.
- Install a bath aid bar to help getting in and out of the bathtub easier. You may also want to ensure the bottom of the bathtub is coated with a non-slip material.
- Although walk-in showers/tub are a little pricey, they are definitely a good investment to help eliminate slips and falls in and out of the tub.
- Pick up any loose laying rugs in the bathroom. Not only can rugs easily cause a slip, but if your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair, the rug causes a great deal of difficulty under the wheels.
- Install a support bar by the toilet to aid in getting up and down easier.
These are just a few things we can do to help making the time spent in the bathroom easier and much safer for our loved ones. If you have any questions, or would like a free home safety check, give us a call at 520-344-7711.
~Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare