When we are young, we dream a lot, we make plans and with hard work and determination, we make things happen. We all dream of the moment that we will find the love of our life, the moment that we will start a family and the moment that we will buy our first house. I bet that if you close your eyes, you can still feel the joy that you had when you received the keys to your much-beloved house, am I right? Sadly, we get older, our needs change and unfortunately, our house stays the same, so it’s up to us to make those changes while we can, in order to live in a comfortable and safe environment.
From all the rooms in the house, the one that needs most attention regarding those changes that I am talking about is the bathroom. With puddles, loose rugs and sharp corners, this room is practically a magnet for accidents, so that is why I’d put together a list of 5 tips that will help you make your bathroom senior friendly and a safer place.
1. Hire a company that offers complete bathrooms – Personally, I would go for this because companies have experts that come to design and adapt the bathroom to your specific needs. You can choose a specific service or go for a complete bathroom refurbishment, it’s completely up to you.
2. Big is better – We all like a big bathroom, but for an elderly person, a larger space is a must. An elderly person needs to have enough space to move around, especially if that person uses a walker or a wheelchair.
3. Add non-slip flooring or rugs – I am pretty sure we all experienced a fall in the bathroom at least once, remember how much it hurts? Well, for an elderly person that fall can be much more dangerous and can lead to a serious injury or even worse. That is why a non-slip floor is a must. If you can’t afford to change the floor, make sure that you use plenty of non-slip rugs so you can avoid accidents from happening.
4. Install grab bars and rails – These are another must for an elderly friendly bathroom. You can install them in the shower, near the toilet and near the bathtub. These bars make the life much easier for the elderly because they can move around without help.
5. Walk-in shower or walk-in bathtub? – Depends on what’s best for you in the end and whatever suits your needs best. These are much easier to access than the regular ones and make the bathing experience for the senior safer, faster and more enjoyable.
These are only a few tips that you have to keep in mind when you are redesigning your bathroom. Remember, the main reason you’re doing all these changes is to increase safety and independence of your loved one.