Essential Safety tips for Seniors living at home

Essential Safety tips for Seniors living at home

More About Essential Safety tips for Seniors living at home

Essential Safety Accessories for the Aging-in-Place Bathroom and ...where to find them?

Article written by: Max Tripodi

follow the link here to access the full article:

click for details


Safety Accessory #1. Grab Bars
When we think of easy safety accessories for the aging-in-place bathroom, grab bars are one of the first things that come to mind. And, for good reason. They’re one of the best ways to help an older adult avoid a fall should they start to slip on a wet bathroom floor.

The best places to mount a grab are next to the toilet, next to the shower or tub, and even inside the shower. Anywhere an older adult has to sit down, stand up or reach should have a sturdy grab bar anchored to the wall.

You can also mitigate the risk of a fall by carefully looking at your bathroom layout and deciding where to add other grab bars. When in doubt, add one. They’re an easy and affordable way to make a huge difference in aging-in-place bathroom safety.

Safety Accessory #2. Non-slip Rugs
The next area in the bathroom to assess is the floor. Most bathrooms are covered in smooth sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, or linoleum, all of which can be extremely slippery when wet. Even a bone-dry bathroom floor can pose a danger to something as innocent as a wet foot stepping out of the shower.

Adding non-slip rugs are a great way to prevent an accident and can help contain the inevitable splashes of water from the sink or shower. Make sure the one you pick has a grippy, rubber underside that clings to the floor and prevents any movement.

A word of warning here. The bathroom rug you choose should not be too plush. You don’t want to create a tripping hazard when an older adult steps from the floor to the mat. You’ll need to use your best judgment here and find a mat that suits your parent or loved one. Or, look for a non-slip flooring option instead. If you do decide that an alternative to traditional non-slip rugs is best, talk to a professional aging-in-place contractor for advice on the best options and to help with the installation.

Safety Accessory #3. Shower Mats
Adding safety accessories to your aging-in-place bathroom could not get easier or less expensive than placing a thin shower mat in the tub. While not a very glamorous addition to a bathroom, this accessory is both practical and potentially life-saving.

As you probably know, shower mat installation is a breeze. You just lay it down in the center of the tub where the adult is most likely to shower and you’re in business. The mat adds traction where it’s needed most and can greatly reduce the risk of slips and falls in the shower.

Aside from adding traction to your tub or shower, mats are also surprisingly comfortable on your feet. By adding a non-slip shower mat on the inside, a non-slip bathroom rug on the outside, and a grab bar in between, you’ll do a lot to minimize the risk of a fall as your parent walks in and out of the shower.

Safety Accessory #4. Shower Bench
We aren’t done with the shower and tub just yet. Adding a sturdy bench to the shower is a great way for an older adult to bathe safely and comfortably.

Choose a shower bench with a solid base and non-slip feet that stay put. The bench should not be able to slide around, even when exposed to soapy water.

You’ll also want to find a plastic bench that’s easy to disinfect. Running a disinfectant over the bench every few showers is important for keeping it clean and reducing the spread of any germs that can pose a threat to an older adult with a susceptible immune system. I also recommend the bench have stainless steel legs so rust isn’t an issue. The bench you choose is going to stay wet after each shower so find one that can hold up.

Safety Accessory #5. ADA-Compliant Adjustable Shower Head
An adjustable shower head is a smart addition to an aging-in-place shower and should be on your list as one product that can give an older adult a much safer and more pleasant shower experience. This adjustable shower head from Delta is ADA-complaint so you know it’s safe for aging-in-place.

When you add a shower bench to your aging-in-place shower, an adjustable shower head is a must. You don’t want your parent reaching for the shower head in a slippery shower. Once it’s installed, they can simply slide the shower head to the preferred height and angle so the handle is always safely within reach.

You can learn more about my favorite ADA-compliant aging-in-place shower heads by taking a look at my recent article, “The Best Delta Shower Faucets for Aging in Place.”

Safety Accessory #6. Bolt-on Shower Curtain Rod
It’s natural for anyone to grab a hold of what’s in front of them if they start to fall. In a shower, that could easily be the shower curtain.

Some poor quality shower curtain rods are loosely screwed in place. Or, even worse, some are simply tension rods. For the aging-in-place shower, a bolt-on shower curtain rod anchored to the wall is one small accessory that can potentially help soften a fall. They’re as easy to install as a grab bar and can be paired with a good quality shower curtain and sturdy steel rings to make the shower curtain even safer.


Safety Accessory #7. Toilet Safety Rail
Maintaining independent use of the toilet is one of the foundations of living in place safely. Even if your parent doesn’t need assistance now, installing accessories that make toilet use easier are critical for an aging-in-place bathroom as an adult ages.

A toilet rail is a simple accessory that sits on either side of the toilet seat. Having a handrail to support you as you sit and stand can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to living independently and staying in your home longer.

You can take a look at a recent article I wrote on toilet safety products, “5 Aging-in-Place Toilet Products That Will Keep You Safe.”

Safety Accessory #8. Landline Phone OR Cell Phone Shelf OR Both
If your parent or loved one does suffer any type of accident while in the bathroom, having a phone nearby is the fastest and safest way for them to call for help. Believe it or not, though, this is one bathroom accessory that a lot of people overlook.

If your parent has a cell phone, they must get into the habit of taking it into the bathroom, especially if they live alone. Having a designated place for the cell phone that’s easy to reach is equally important. Even placing their phone on the bathroom counter won’t do them any good if they fall and can’t reach it. A toilet paper holder with a built-in shelf is a simple safety accessory to add to your aging-in-place bathroom. Because it’s also a toilet paper holder, you’ll want to mount it at sitting level. This puts the shelf at the ideal height it from the ground should an older adult need to get to the phone while on the ground.

Even better than a cell phone is a permanent landline phone that lives in the bathroom. I always recommend a landline be installed in each of my aging-in-place bathrooms. Even with the best of intentions, it’s difficult for an older adult to remember to bring their cell phone into the bathroom. A cordless landline phone placed at waist height in the bathroom is the safest way to make sure a phone is always there should they need it.

Install These Aging-In-Place Bathroom Safety Accessories This Weekend
Each of these safety accessories will be a great addition to your aging-in-place bathroom. Once you get started, you should be able to get each one easily installed in one day or over a weekend. Adding these small yet critical accessories to your bathroom is going to make an immediate impact for your loved one as they age in place.

As always, use the comments section below to send any product or installation questions you have along the way. Good luck with your next aging-in-place project.


Tags: local events, senior, aging in place, remodeling bathrooms

Posted By: Collins Medical



Event Details

Date: April 9, 2020


This event also occurs on 04/10/2020, 04/16/2020, 04/17/2020, 04/19/2020 and 3 more dates. [see all dates]



Location:

500 Kings Highway
Fairfield

Visit Website

Contact:
2035768642


  • Visit Website
    Fairfield Integrated Systems (FIS), specializes in high-end integrations featuring Home Automation, Lighting Controls, Distributed Audio and Video, Networking, Security Cameras, Automated Shades and Custom Theaters.
    You worked hard to get here, your home should work for you!

  • Visit Website
    Dr. Gerald Cohen delivers world class dentistry to all his patients. His philosophy is minimally invasive techniques, careful consideration of aesthetics, mindfulness of cost and, above all, thorough communication with each patient. Click here to book an appointment!

  • Landscape Architectural Services

  • Visit Website
    Generations is a full service salon without the salon feel. A place where men are treated like men.

Share This Event
  • Visit Website
    Fairfield Integrated Systems (FIS), specializes in high-end integrations featuring Home Automation, Lighting Controls, Distributed Audio and Video, Networking, Security Cameras, Automated Shades and Custom Theaters.
    You worked hard to get here, your home should work for you!

  • Visit Website
    Dr. Gerald Cohen delivers world class dentistry to all his patients. His philosophy is minimally invasive techniques, careful consideration of aesthetics, mindfulness of cost and, above all, thorough communication with each patient. Click here to book an appointment!

  • Landscape Architectural Services

  • Visit Website
    Generations is a full service salon without the salon feel. A place where men are treated like men.

More About this Event Poster: Collins Medical

The mission of Collins Medical Equipment is to provide high quality, cost-effective home medical equipment, and disposable supplies for the use and treatment of our patients in the safety and comfort of their homes with reliability, professionalism, and integrity.

Would you like to add your event at TownPlanner.com?

Town Planner is a community-minded organization. We're all about keeping things local and promoting hometown pride! That's why we're glad to offer you this medium to inform the public about your event. Post it today and it will appear on our website, our newsletter, and our mobile app.

As a general rule, we welcome the submission of events from charities, non-profit organizations, and municipal or community organizations such as mayor's offices, churches, schools, and the like. To get started, simply create an account. It's free and easy and you'll be able to start posting events as soon as you receive your authorization email.

If you're a business owner or you wish to promote a for-profit event, your event may be subject to the policies of your local Town Planner publisher. Some publishers may charge a nominal fee for such events, or reject them if they compete with other events from paying sponsors. To learn more about your local publisher's policies, or to inquire about adding a coupon or display ad for your business, please use our contact form.

Please keep in mind that Town Planner is a family-friendly publication and we reserve the right to reject any event that is deemed offensive, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate for inclusion on our site.

Remember that we're not just online! If you do business in an area with a local Town Planner publisher, our beautiful full color wall calendar is delivered free each December to thousands of homes in your community. Most people who receive the calendar hang it up in a prominent place and keep it all year long, making sure your business is On Display Every Day!

We're looking to bring the Town Planner to even more communities across America. If you or someone you know have an entrepreneurial spirit and would like to promote local businesses and build hometown pride while achieving financial security for yourself, why not look into becoming a Town Planner publisher?

Comments, Questions, or Concerns?

We're here to help! Email Us

Town Planner - Quickly Becoming America's Calendar!
Give Us Your Feedback!
CLOSE WINDOW