As we age, maintaining a safe and comfortable home environment becomes increasingly important. Among the various areas of the home, the bathroom can pose particular challenges due to its slippery surfaces and potential hazards. However, with some thoughtful adjustments and safety measures, you can create a bathroom that promotes independence, reduces the risk of accidents, and allows you to age in place confidently. The experts at Smart Bath have compiled a list of bathroom safety tips for seniors.
Install Grab Bars
One of the most effective ways to enhance bathroom safety is by installing grab bars strategically throughout the space. Grab bars offer stability and support when entering or exiting the shower or bathtub, and when getting up or down from the toilet. Ensure they are securely mounted and at appropriate heights for ease of use.
Invest In Non-Slip Flooring and Mats
Slips and falls are a common concern in the bathroom. Invest in non-slip flooring or apply non-slip coatings to existing surfaces to minimize the risk of accidents. Additionally, place non-slip mats or adhesive strips in the shower or bathtub, and in front of the sink and toilet to provide secure footing.
Consider a Walk-In Shower or Bathtub
Traditional showers and bathtubs can be challenging for seniors to navigate. Explore the option of installing a walk-in shower or bathtub to eliminate the need for stepping over high barriers. These accessible bathing solutions offer low or zero-threshold entry, making it easier and safer to access the bathing area.
Partner With Smart Bath
Creating a safe and accessible bathroom is essential for aging in place with confidence and independence. If you’re interested in learning more about the walk-in showers and walk-in bathtubs installed by Smart Bath, contact us. We look forward to helping you make your bathroom a safer place.