Bathroom Safety Tips for Seniors

The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in your home, but unfortunately its also one of the most dangerous rooms. Many slips and falls take place in the bathroom due to slippery surfaces and slick and wet floors. Seniors are especially prone to slipping and falling, so taking some steps to make their bathroom safer is especially important.

Bathtubs and showers are the most common place your senior loved one can slip and fall. While younger people can also slip in the shower, these types of falls are harder for seniors to recover from. That means you need to do all you can to help avoid them in the first place. The first place seniors may find danger is by trying to climb over high bathtub walls. Some ways to make this step safer include using a walk-in bathtub or grab bars.

Once they’re in the shower or tub, that surface is very slippery, especially once it gets wet. You’ll want something to place over the slick flooring which means a rubber mat is a good way to go. One of the best ways to avoid falling is to avoid standing up in the first place, which is why a shower seat makes a lot of sense. When paired with a hand-held shower, sitting down can be just as effective while eliminating many of the safety risks.

Seniors can also have trouble getting on and off a toilet, so consider an elevated toilet seat and/or hand rails to help avoid falls. If your senior loved one lives with you or someone else, encourage them to not lock the bathroom door. If they have an accident and need assistance, a locked door can certainly get in the way of help. Instead ask them to use a do not disturb sign.

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