• Mary Jane Mannella

Bathroom Remodeling For the Elderly

The elderly face the highest risks of death and severe injuries from falling, and the probabilities of such occurrences only increase with age. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in the United States alone, 20–30% of elderly Americans who fall, suffer serious injuries such as hip fractures, bruises, and head trauma.

If you have an elderly loved one living with you,I’m sure their safety is your utmost concern. Remodeling bathrooms that limit the risk of falls and injuries is a great place to start. Here are a few ways in which you can do this efficiently:

Ground floor bathrooms

This may not be the easiest, but it’s surely a worthwhile renovation project. Ensuring there’s a bathroom on the ground floor will prevent the elderly from having to climb stairs to use it, and they’ll be safe from numerous safety hazards.

Grab bars

Installing grab bars in the bathroom will prove to be of great assistance to senior loved ones. Grab bars inside a shower can be installed effectively under the water-head and on the adjacent walls. The bars must be drilled into a stud so that they can support at least 250 pounds of weight.

Pay close attention when installing these onto tiles as the surrounding areas can get damaged. You can also use grab bars to help your loved ones get on and off the toilet seat, and they can be helpful if installed by the sink as well.

Non-slip mats

Simply place a non-slip mat or grip pad to prevent the elderly from falling while taking showers. You may also place it on the floor outside the shower as this would prevent them from slipping after showering.

Shower-heads with sprayer attachments

Shower-heads that you can easily disconnect and hold in your hand while showering can make all the difference. Moreover, it also diminishes the need to stand while showering.

Ideal lighting

Invest in light fixtures as the elderly usually have impaired vision. Installing the right lighting will allow them to see better and they’ll be less prone to falling and hurting themselves.

Shower seats

This will allow seniors to wash comfortably and you can frame it right into the wall or portable chairs. The portable chairs will allow you the option to change the type of chair as your needs change. Sitting down while showering is relaxing and gives independence to shower safely.

If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom to make it safer for a senior loved one, head over to Slip-Proof Inc.! With more than a decade of experience, we are Chicago and Northwestern Indiana’s top provider for mobility equipment, chair lifts and stair lifts. Make use of our affordable products and safety-proof your bathrooms for your loved ones! Call now at 708-839-4775.

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