A Guide for the Elderly on how to Improve Bathroom Safety

bathroom safety

As we age bathroom safety can cause major anxiety. The bathroom was once a relaxing peaceful room in the home, now it can be dangerous if the bathroom is not suitably adapted for elderly needs.

For example, the floor can become slippery, and then there are wet surfaces and small confined spaces to move around in.

It is no wonder that bathroom accidents are one of the most common causes of injury for elderly people at home.

The  bathroom safety issues may be a concerned to a family members or even yourself. So the only solutions might be is to undergo a bathroom transformation. However this can be expensive and also unnecessary to do.

There is a simpler solution, and here is a brief guide on an alternative route you can take on the bathroom.  This will help prevent any unavoidable injuries to an elderly person.

Safety check the floor

Make sure the bathroom floor is always dry. As many accident occur for the elderly around the bath tub, shower or sink. This occurs where spit water has made the floor slippery. So a simple solution is to purchase a non slip mat which can help overcome this problem by increasing someone stability and reduce slipping. Another good tip is place an additional rubber mat in the bath to help maintain balance when getting in and out of your bath.

Purchase hand rails

Another good safety tip is installing handrails. Handrails can provide additional balance and support around the bathroom, especially if someone needs to move around. Handrails come in a great variety of styles, designs and textures. The 2 most common types of handrails are:

Once final tip on handrails is to ensure they have a ribbed or textured surface to give additional grip when wet.

Raise the toilet seat

If the toilet seat slightly too low, did you know it can be modified as a raised toilet seat. This will put less pressure on your joints whilst sitting down or either standing up which will make that person less likely to fall or trip in the bathroom.

At Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumber in croydon company, we regularly perform bathroom safety  tasks like the ones described above. To find out more about how you can protect your bathroom. Give us a call on 020 8664 9099.

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