As loved ones age, it may become necessary to make changes to the home and lifestyle of a senior loved one. A recent analysis from the CDC, shows the bathroom to be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house for seniors. The most problematic are the tub and toilet areas, with a substantial percentage of the injuries occurring there. Bathing, showering, and transitioning to or from the tub or shower accounted for 37% of all injuries.
Most experts recommend giving older folks more stability and leverage in the bathroom by putting a support rail in the shower or just outside the tub. It’s also a good idea to get rid of that worn-out bathmat. Instead, get a non-slip version to keep it from sliding out from beneath your loved one.
People looking to improve the safety of their own homes may want to consider remodeling a shower by installing a seat to have a place to sit while showering. Combine this with a hand-held showerhead that can be used while seated. Ensure there is low and nearby shelving to store soap, shampoo, etc.
Establishing a senior-friendly home for an elderly loved one can be a costly endeavor, but the peace of mind and well-being of your loved one is well worth the cost.