Bath accessories for senior comfort
Outfitting the senior's bathroom with assistive devices will enable independence
Most of us do not give the design or construction of our home interior or exterior more than a passing thought, other than liking it or not. That is, until we get older and suddenly we cannot climbs stairs or get in and out of the bathtub by ourselves.
Seniors are faced with all kinds of obstacles that prevent them from living alone and independently. In a flash, your independence is gone and you are requiring help for nearly everything.
Seniors want to maintain their freedom and independence, at least as long as is possible. Creating a senior-friendly bathroom is a good place to start. The senior bath accessories and assistive device industry is huge now that the Baby Boomers have reached and gone beyond retirement age and are starting to experience some physical limitations. In addition, many Baby Boomers are caring for their aging parents, who are living longer and opting to stay out of nursing homes as long as possible.
Senior bath accessories are readily available and can make it possible for your parents or yourself to continue living independently.
If you love taking baths and do not want to switch to showering there are walk-in tubs available. This is a great senior bath accessory, or necessity, for those who can not dream of giving up their relaxing baths. A door opens and you step into, rather than climb into, your bathtub.
Getting in and out of the tub can be a real problem for the elderly. A walk-in tub will provide easy and safe access to the tub. Once inside you sit on the built-in seat. Some of these tubs feature thermostatically controlled hot water so there is no chance that you will burn yourself
There are also roll-in showers, which can accommodate a wheelchair and are a tremendous senior bath accessory. There are transfer showers that feature little, if any, curb. You step into the shower unit and then sit down on the chair that is within the shower. A hand held shower head enables you to shower yourself, and wash your hair, while sitting down.
Pull bars can be installed in, or by, your tub, shower or toilet, which enable you to support yourself as you get in and out of the tub or shower and aid you when getting up from the toilet. If you have problems with dizziness, purchase and install a dual level bathtub rail, an easy living solution, which attaches to the tub and will assist you by helping you steady yourself as you stand up.
Another one of the many senior bath accessories to consider buying is a toilet seat especially designed for the elderly and handicapped. This is an excellent accessory because this type of toilet seat raises the seat up several inches because it is thicker than your regular toilet seat. This makes it easier for the senior to lower himself down onto the seat and also rise from the toilet.
If you can no longer make it into the bathroom when you need to go, invest in a potty chair that you can place wherever you need it to be. There are a variety of commode chairs available including a bedside commode chair and a rolling commode chair for use in the shower. A commode called the Guardian Toilet Safety Frame is good for those suffering from dizziness and imbalance. It is designed with cantilevered arms that maximize user comfort and transfer flexibility.
Consider putting carpet on your bathroom floor because a tile floor can become slippery when wet and you may fall.
Remove all electrical appliances, such as a hairdryer, from the senior bathroom and install them at a dressing table in the bedroom.
Think about replacing your vanity with a pedestal sink, which prevents stubbing your toes against the vanity. Do not leave items on the floor that the senior can stumble over.
If you are starting from scratch, install lower shelves and medicine cabinets so that a person in a wheelchair can have ready access.
Put non-slip mats inside the bathtub and shower to safeguard against falls and put shampoo and soap holders at a reachable height, since many seniors are seated while bathing or in a wheelchair.
One final tip: You might want to put a phone in the bathroom so the senior has a way to call for help if necessary. A lifeline may be one of the most important bath accessories that any senior can have.