Your senior’s bathroom is a space in which she can easily encounter safety concerns. Taking a quick tour through your elderly family member’s bathroom can allow you to spot big issues that are easy to fix.
A Tub or Shower Stall that’s Too High
When it’s too difficult to step over the ledge that leads into the tub or the shower stall that creates a possible fall risk for your elderly family member. She may lose her balance or catch her foot on the edge. Remodeling the bathroom isn’t always the first solution that’s available, but using a transfer bench or a shower chair can reduce the risk to your senior and allow her to safely bathe.
Floors that Get Slick When Wet
Some types of flooring, such as ceramic tile, can become extremely slick when wet. This is a problem for your senior and for anyone else who uses that bathroom. Rubber-backed bathmats can be a solution, as can rubberized decals that stick to the insides of tubs, showers, and even to floors. All of these tools can help to reduce the risk of slipping and falling.
Loose Towel Holders
If you spot loose towel racks and other implements that permanently hang on the wall, this can be a clue about some things that are happening. Loose towel holders can mean that your senior is reaching out to grasp those if she feels she’s losing her balance. They’re not designed to support someone in that manner, which causes them to loosen. This means that installing grab bars in the bathroom can be an excellent choice. It gives your senior something to grab that can support her weight.
Water that’s Too Hot
When water is too hot coming out of the faucet, your senior can burn or scald herself. One easy solution is to turn the temperature down on the hot water heater. Turning it down to as low as 120 degrees Fahrenheit can prevent scalding while also leaving the water hot enough to use as needed. You may also want to consider labeling the hot and cold taps. There are also tap covers that you can place over the existing ones or replace the existing ones with that label each side as hot or cold in a more obvious way.
Hiring home care providers gives you an extra set of eyes on these and other potential issues your elderly family member can face. They can also help your elderly family member with her grooming and bathing tasks so that she’s far less likely to experience an injury in the bathroom. This can be an embarrassing idea at first, so give your senior time to adjust to the plan.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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