Did you know that more than 235,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year with injuries related to falls in their bathroom? The bathroom is known as the most dangerous room in your home and for a good reason! Floor tiles and tub or shower surfaces are made slicker with soap residue and water. Making the bathroom in your home safer is possible. With some careful planning and a few modifications preventing injuries in your bathroom is possible.
Seniors and those with limited mobility are at a higher risk for falls and injuries in the bathroom. Making your bathroom safe is a key component of aging in your home and maintaining your independence.
Modifications to Consider
Barrier-free or Roll-in Showers
Eliminating the high step over the side of a bathtub is one of the most significant safety modifications that can be made in your bathroom. These zero entry showers allow you to enter and exit without a worrisome maneuver that requires balance and stability. They also accommodate shower chairs so that they are easily accessible for those who find themselves using a wheelchair for mobility.
Shower Benches and Chairs
Some people find that standing for more extended periods of time is tiring or that their balance isn’t what it used to be. Installing a shower bench in your shower or adding a shower chair or transfer bench to your tub/shower combo can help take the worry out of getting in the shower or using the shower alone.
Gone are the days when a grab bar was an eyesore for your bath. Designer grab bars blend into your decor and offer extra stability in the shower or near the toilet.
Elevated Toilet Seat
Raised toilet seats make it easier to transition from sitting to standing. However, these seats are not attractive or discreet. There is a product that lets you raise the height of your toilet without calling attention to the modification. A toilevator is installed at the base of the toilet and raises it up approximately five inches. Not only does it blend in with the commode, but it also helps takes the pressure off your lower back and joints while you use the facilities.
PT Rails and Comfort Arms
When transitioning on and off the commode is difficult, adding a PT rail or a set of Comfort Arms to your toilet can provide stability and support. Many seniors find themselves reaching for the edge of the vanity or tub to hoist themselves up. While this may work, it can throw you off balance or cause you to overreach, leading to a fall.
Making your bathroom safer should be part of your plan to age in place. If you are unsure about what kind of home modifications you need to be able to stay in your home safely, the Accessible Systems team would be glad to provide you a free evaluation of your home. For more than 18 years we have been Denver’s source for accessibility devices and modifications. Our expertise and dedication to customer satisfaction sets us apart from the rest. We invite you to visit our fully adapted show home and see for yourself how bathroom modifications by Accessible Systems can turn the most dangerous room in your home into one of the safest and most enjoyable.