How to Create a Safe Toilet Environment for Elderly?
How to create a safe toilet environment for your loved ones
Falls are the top cause of accidents among seniors. Here are ways to make toilets at home safe, and protect your loved ones from serious slips and injuries.
Seniors with balance and mobility issues, weakened muscles and bad eyesight often lean or hold on to common areas for support around the home. In the bathroom, these can be surfaces like sinks and shower screens.
This is a cause for concern as such toilet features are not built to provide optimum support or grip. Dependence on such structures for support can lead to bad slips and result in serious injuries.
Moreover, bathrooms in the home can be hazardous for the elderly [link article: Common toilet hazards for the elderly]. Read on to find out what products make for a safer toilet!
Recommended products to ensure a safer toilet environment for our elderly
1. Grab bars
Grab bars are versatile and can be installed vertically or horizontally depending on the space available and purpose of installation. These bars are made to give additional support where needed and can prevent serious slips and injuries.
It is essential to take the height of the user and the length of the grab bar into consideration during the pre-installation phase. Before the installation of the grab bar, our team will go through a short explanation on the location of the grab bar to allow users to understand how to use it properly to reduce fall risks.
Elderly with weaker muscles in the lower body can experience difficulty sitting down and getting up from the toilet bowl. Toilet seat support rail gives seniors a stable area of support and grip during this dangerous transition. With balanced support, elderly are able to choose which side to lean on based on their preference or the stronger arm. The toilet support rail is a temporary fixture that can be moved to different sites.
Extended standing periods during bath time can put strain on the elderly’s muscles and legs, increasing their risk of falling. Shower chairs are designed to provide optimum support and ensure seniors can take baths safely.
At MA4U, we offer various types of shower chairs with anti-slip surface that eliminates the effect of shower products residue, increasing the safety of the toilet.
For seniors who experience difficulty travelling to the toilet and their caretakers, commodes provide a safe and stable alternative to the toilet. The quick access provided by a commode chair also reduces seniors’ risk of falling and injuring themselves.
In addition to the non-slip surface of anti-slip mats, practical drainage holes catch water and reduce slippery standing area in the toilet.
6. Bathroom mat
Bathroom mats placed in front of the bathtub or shower help to absorb water and keep your feet dry to prevent slipping. Our absorbent bath mat comes with an anti-slip base that prevents it from moving around when pressure is placed on the mat.
At Medical Assistance4u
We provide grab bars with high quality stainless steel cores that are guaranteed to last. These bars can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally in high fall risk areas like toilets, living rooms, walkways and more.
Our team of medically trained staff at Medical Assistance4u can provide you with consultation services to assist you in finding the best support positions and most suitable safety tools for your loved ones.
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