With all the water, sharp edges and slippery flooring, the bathroom can be a very dangerous place… especially for an elderly person.
Here’s a list of 7 things you should check in your loved one’s bathroom:
- Does your elderly parent or relative often use the towel rack near the bathtub for support when climbing in or out of the tub?
- Is the shower floor or bathtub noticeably slippery, even when dry?
- Do puddles of water appear on the floor after the bathtub or shower is used?
- Are towels, soap and shampoo difficult to reach?
- Does your loved one have difficulty sitting on or rising from the toilet?
- Is the path from the bedroom to the bathroom dark or hazardous?
- Is there a rug that tends to bunch up or could potentially cause a fall?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, it is time to safety-proof your loved one’s bathroom. But don’t worry; it’s not difficult!
We have some simple tips to prevent those all-too-common bathroom injuries.
If you have any bathroom safety stories we would love to hear about them in the comments below.