Bathroom Safety for the Aged and Physically Disabled
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Many accidents can happen in the bathroom if you’re not careful enough. The risk grows exponentially when dealing with seniors or physically challenged guys. In this case, basic additions and changes that bolster bathroom safety are no longer a luxury.
Failure to make some of these amendments can lead to very serious and sometimes fatal bathroom accidents to the elderly and disabled while trying to use them.
Bathroom safety for the elderly and the disabled
Here are some of the tips to ensure that your bathroom is safe and secure for the elderly and the disabled.
Using Commodes to Bring the Toilet Nearer
Commodes are more like portable toilets to make the movement for the aged or seniors convenient. It’s a way of bringing the toilet to the bedroom and saving them the trip all the way to the bathroom. Used over an also used over an existing toilet to make it a bit more raised so that the user can do it while standing.
Commodes have armrests that assist in the bathroom all the way to the outside to assist in sideway transfers, from wheelchairs transfers or even from the bed transfers. They are also convenient in restricted spaces and offer extra support.
They are also extra comfortable as they offer a wide sitting surface area and some come with padded seats.
Fitted with wheels that make movement from one place to another easy and convenient
Folding commode chairs
These commodes have a foldable structure which makes traveling more convenient for the elderly and physically challenged.
Bath and shower chairs
These can be used by the elderly or disabled who cannot stand in bathtubs or showers; they make it possible for them to use the facility while sited on these bath and shower chairs.
Depending on the type they may or may have an adjustable height and some are also designed with arms for extra strength and support and for sideways movements. Others have wheels so as to facilitate easy movements around the bathroom while still sited.
They provide an extended sitting area in a bathtub for those individuals who cannot get into the bathtub or shower without having to sit first. They have adjustable features in terms of length and height to suit the needs of the user.
Slide transfer benches are perfect for individuals who cannot slide into the shower or facility. They can slide with the chair to the tub or shower. These, however, require some assistance.
Non-slide transfer benches are used by those who are able to slide into the shower or bathtub on their own
Grab bars, rails, and poles
Bathtub, suction and grab bars, as well as tub rails, are mounted onto the tub for extra support when mounting into or out of the tub. They can be either temporarily or permanently placed on the sides of the tub.
Security and standing poles are put between the floor and the ceiling to assist in the movement from a seated to standing position or from one sitting point to another.
Inflatable bathtub or basin
They are basically used to bring the bathtub or basin to the bedroom in the case where movement is completely restricted and maybe the person is bedridden
Handheld showerheads are connected to a long hose to assist in the controlling the of water movement from the shower and minimize movement in the shower. Can be used even while sitting which makes it even more convenient for people with disabilities or for the senior citizens.
These are rubber mats placed on the bathroom floor to make it less slippery and avoid falling accidents through sliding especially for the elderly and the disabled who may be quite unstable with their feet. The antislip bathmats can also be placed in the tub to avoid sliding inside the bathtub as well.