If you have an elderly loved one, taking steps around the home to help them get around without slipping and falling is very important for their safety. The bathroom is one area of the home where slip and fall accidents happen often due to the moist conditions in the room. Here are a few steps you can take to help minimize the risk of injury, while helping your loved one use their bathroom facilities with ease.
The shower and tub area of your loved one's bathroom should be easy for them to use. Consider replacing the bathtub with a senior bathing unit so they do not need to worry about trying to get into a complete lying down position to take a bath. A senior bathtub comes equipped with handrails and a handheld sprayer so your loved one can use the tub as a sit-down shower, if desired. These tubs have a hinged door on the side so your loved one can walk in and out without needing to lift the legs, which is how slips often occur.
Place non-skid tape on the bottom of the bathtub to help give your loved one something for their wet feet to grip. These tapes come in a variety of colors and patterns to dress up the bottom of a tub.
Purchase a senior toilet to replace the standard toilet in the bathroom. These are higher, making it easier for your loved one to sit down and stand up without help. Make sure to place rails on both sides of the toilet to make it easier. Consider putting an intercom system in the bathroom so your loved one will be able to call for help, if necessary.
Use bath mats that have non-skid backing to help keep them in place. If your loved one has favorite mats without backing, adhere stick non-skid tape directly to the floor to help grip the mats from underneath. Keep the floor area clear of all clutter, so your loved one can get through the area without tripping.
Make sure there is enough light in the room to help illuminate the flooring when your parent uses the bathroom. This will help illuminate the floor and any obstacles they may face. Opt for lights that hang from the ceiling instead of on walls, as these will direct the light toward the floor where it is needed most to avoid falling.