Adult Bathroom Safety

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Adult Bathroom Safety

Bathrooms can be heaven on earth, mmm, what can be more relaxing than soaking in a tub full of bubbles for half an hour, candles gently flickering on the window sill, favorite novel in one hand and a glass of wine in the other – perfect. However, don’t want to burst your bubble or anything, but bathrooms are also very dangerous places to be, particularly for young children and older adults – anyone with a physical disability, muscle weakness or joint pain can end up in real trouble without even trying. If this is you, or someone at your house, read on . . .

Bath or Shower Precautions

  • use non-slip suction mats in the bottom of the shower or tub to stop slipping and falling
  • use non-skid mats outside the shower or tub for firm footing when you get out
  • set the water temperature to a maximum of 120 deg F so that you can’t accidentally burn yourself
  • use a shower stool or bath chair for added ease and comfort
  • keep the bathroom floor dry

Toilet Precautions

  • Raise the toilet seat so that it’s not so far to lower or raise yourself up again
  • Make sure that there are strategically placed grab rails to help you get up and down
  • Use a commode chair if you can’t manage the toilet

Safety Bars

  • Fit grab bars securely either horizontally on the wall, or vertically, not diagonally
  • Only use proper grab rails, not towel rails which are not strong enough to support

 

 

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