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Stepping out of a bathtub can sometimes be problematic especially for seniors. Grab bars, a shower mat and bath steps are some helpful tools to ensure safety. Raising a leg up over a bathub can throw one off balance. Bath steps can be helpful to those who are unsteady on their feet. This should be place in front of the tub and should have an non-slip surface to prevent falls.
While showering, older adults often tire. This presents a safety issue. One answer is to provide shower seat. Shower seats allow for both safety and privacy. Be certain to place soap, washcloth, and towel within close range. A small waterproof container can be placed nearby to house necessary items. A hook or towel rack can be placed within comfortable reach to alleviate dangerous reaching which can render a person off balance.
Showering for seniors must be a safe and private activity. Bathroom accidents are very prevelant in elders. A large, suction cupped shower mat is always in order to prevent slipping. Keep in mind that some people are allergic to latex so a non-rubber mat must be considered. Otherwise, rubber bath or shower mats are preferred for safety. Many sizes are available so check tub measurements before buying.
As we age, turning or twisting as we do to "take care of our business" in the bathroom can be difficult. Seniors can find it tough to use toilet tissue to complete the task. There are helpful items available to extend one's reach. These are especially helpful with arthitis, shoulder or back issues and balance problems. A simple item like this can make a world of difference to those who need it.
Sometimes, just getting out of bed is a chore. Falls are a distinct possibility if this is nost done properly. Adding grab bars to the bed is a good solution. Many times, seniors experience dizziness when arising so the bars help them to get their bearings before actually getting up. Bars can be situated on the side of the bed and used to pull oneself up to a seated position.
When considering bathroom independence for the elderly, safety is of primary concern. Be certain that Grab Bars are located near the toilet if needed.In addition, the toilet itself should be high enough to facilitate sitting and rising. Many seniors have hip, knee or back problems which may render them off balance. Be aware that raisers are available to raise the entire bowl higher. Or, 2" to 6" toilet seats can be purchased to elevate the toilet.
Seniors sometimes unsure of their footing face danger while showering. It is always advisable to have grab bars inserted on the tub, or on the wall if a walk in shower. These wall grab bars should be installed by a licensed carpenter. They are designed to hold a lot of weight and must be attached to the studs rather than just anywhere.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|