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Elder Bathroom Safety

February 10, 2013

Handicapped Access Bathroom Shower
This is not a story on how to take care of your aging bathroom. That will be another day when I talk about awesome renovations. Today is about changing your (or your parents) bathroom so that it is safer and more user friendly.

First, let me start with a disclaimer. I am a Baby Boomer and I am over 54 years old. I do not have any parents living but my friends and customers do.

We’ve all heard horrific stories of the elderly being injured in the bathroom. Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous areas in a house. For your Mom or Dad the bathroom can be a real hazard.

“Falls are the leading cause of death from injuries among older persons and the death rate from falls continues to climb. Each year, one in three Americans age 65 and older fall and almost a third of them need medical treatment as a result,” according to the AARP. Did you know that research shows that 75 percent of household accidents happen in the bathroom? This is why it is so important that you provide a safe bathroom as you age.

For most of our Moms and Dads, remaining in their home to live an independent lifestyle is extremely important. Whether they move in with you or stay on their own it is critical that you provide a safe home environment. One of those needs may be to renovate the bathroom to fit their needs.

I have learned that there are certain items that need to be attended to. Here is a short list to help you get started.

  • Non-slip rugs
  • Install grab bars
  • Bright lights
  • Bathtub or shower renovations to allow for easy access
  • Safety bars near the toilet and sink

To keeping our elders safe,

Jo Ellen Soesbee, the ToolBox TomGirl

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