What Does it Take to Make Bathrooms Safer for Seniors?

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Donna was worried about her aging mother’s ability to navigate the bathroom alone when showering or attending to grooming and hygiene. In recent years, her mother’s physical health had declined, resulting in bad balance and weak muscles. Combining that with lots of physical effort, slippery floors, and more, Donna felt that the bathroom was growing somewhat inhospitable for her elderly mom to tackle on her own.

Elderly Care Lexington OH - What Does it Take to Make Bathrooms Safer for Seniors?

Elderly Care Lexington OH – What Does it Take to Make Bathrooms Safer for Seniors?

Age-related conditions, illness and injuries often mean that aging adults need help from family caregivers and elderly care providers to complete some of the basic tasks they’ve done for themselves for decades. This is often true with daily duties related to cleanliness, hygiene, bathing, dressing and grooming. Because the bathroom can be the most dangerous room in the home to an aging adult, family caregivers must take steps to ensure safety.

Many aging adults are unable to take care of themselves in a way that is clean, safe or comfortable. This means they rely on their family caregivers and elderly care providers more and more. Elderly care providers often help with dressing, grooming, meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship and more. Seniors can age in place at home when family caregivers and elderly care providers are on hand to assist with daily life. Bathroom help is no exception.

If an elderly adult suffers a slip and fall accident in the bathroom, they can break a bone, get a concussion or otherwise injure themselves. Serious injuries can take months to recover from and may further jeopardize the future health of aging adults. The modifications to make to a bathroom range from inexpensive to a total remodel, so family caregivers can make choices that fit their loved one’s needs and budget.

Here are some tips on how to make the bathroom less dangerous for seniors:

  • Install sturdy handle bars in the shower area as well as near the toilet.
  • Get rid of slippery baht rugs and throw rugs and put own no-slip ones.
  • Ensure the bathroom lights are all working and there are bulbs in every outlet.
  • Put in a raised toilet seat for ease in getting up and down.
  • Find a sturdy shower chair or tub chair.
  • Replace traditional showerhead with handheld one.
  • Consider installing a walk-in tub, replacing the existing tub or shower.

 

Family caregivers and elderly care providers may have some other unique modifications that may positively affect an elderly person’s ability to use the bathroom safely. For example, if the elderly adult has severe arthritis, family caregivers could replace knob faucets at the sink with a simple lever faucet.

It’s never too late for family caregivers to focus on making the bathroom as safe as possible for elderly loved ones. Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home, so placing an emphasis on bathroom safety is an excellent way to ensure elderly adults can thrive at home as they age.

If you are considering Elderly Care Services in Lexington OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.