Bathroom safety is a top issue for seniors Did you know that people use the toilet 7 times a day on average? That’s why bathroom safety for seniors is so important -- they’re in there all the time! Balance issues, weakness, frailty, and cognitive issues like Alzheimer’s can make that simple activity difficult and even dangerous. As challenging as using the toilet might be, it’s also important to help them preserve as much dignity and independence as possible. Simple tips and modifications can make going to the bathroom safer, easier, and less tiring. Why bathrooms are dangerous Bathrooms are dangerous because they are small spaces with lots of hard surfaces and corners. On top of that, sitting down and standing up can cause dizziness or unsteady balance for seniors because of blood pressure changes. That could easily lead to a devastating fall. 4 simple bathroom safety tips for seniors

  1. Clear the path to the bathroom and make sure it’s well-lit day and night
  • Remove clutter or objects along the path.
  • Add automatic nightlights or stick-on lights.
  • Remove any rugs or floor mats. It’s easy to trip or slip on them.
  • If the bathroom door has a raised threshold (on the floor), get your older adult in the habit of sidestepping over it -- that reduces the chance of tripping.
  1. Add grab bars for extra support when sitting and standing 
grab bars
  1. Toilet safety frames with arms give seniors a helpful guide and support
floor to ceiling grab bar

Floor to ceiling pole grab bars provide support, even in awkward spaces

  • Can be placed exactly where it’s most helpful
  • Installs easily with no tools
  • Easily removed
  • Here are a few options
wall grab bar

Wall-mounted grab bars provide secure support

  • Requires correct positioning and installation to be effective and safe
  • Installation is permanent
  • Here are a few options
  1. Add a raised toilet seat with arms
raised toilet seat

Raised toilet seats with arms reduce the effort and distance to sit and stand

  1. Make cleaning up easier
toilet tissue
  1. Toilet tissue aids make wiping easier, improve hygiene, and protect delicate skin
  • Bending and reaching behind to wipe after going to the bathroom can become difficult
  • Consider using with moist wipes to for ease, cleanliness, and comfort
  • Here are a few options

By DailyCaring.com Image: Soak & Soothe

Posted 
December 28, 2016
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