Did you know that persons between the age of 75 and 85 are twice as likely as the average person to suffer a nonfatal injury in the bathroom? For this reason, it is extremely important to safety proof the bathroom in your loved one’s home. We have put together a list of tips and strategies to help you to create a safer bathroom environment with ease.

Easy to follow Bathroom Safety for Seniors Tips:

  • Install non-slip decalsWet floors can be extremely dangerous as they often result in slips and falls. By installing non-slip decals on the tiles inside your bathroom, you can easily make the floor less slippery. Our Bath & Shower Mats with Suction Caps can easily be placed in your bath or shower to create a non-slip area, these products can be purchased through our Smik Care Home Healthcare Range which is available at most pharmacies or independent home care retailers Australia wide. Contact our Wholesale Team now to find out where your nearest stockist is. We also recommend that you remove any decorative scatter rugs as they can create a trip hazard.

  • Install grab bars: This is necessary for every elderly person’s bathroom, as they provide the user with something to grab on to and anchor themselves with when climbing in and out of the shower or bath. If your loved one were to fall, a grab bar provides them with something to support and brace themselves. It is recommended that grab bars are installed with solid screws not nailed into the drywall.

  • Make sure commonly used items are easily accessible:  This is extremely important within the bathroom as items placed out of reach heighten your loved one’s risk of falling. Make sure that you move things like soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels, and bathing items so that they are all within reach. This will ensure that elders do not have to stretch or bend down to reach them. You can utilize mounted soap dispensers inside the bath or shower wall assist with this.

  • Utilise a shower chair or stool: Over-exertion is responsible for causing many injuries. By making sure your loved one can sit while showering, you lower the risk of them becoming so tired they fall. In addition, a shower chair provides stability for elders with difficulty balancing for long periods of time. We offer a variety of light weight height adjustable shower chairs and stools in a powder coated aluminum frame. This coating ensures that they shower chair does not rust when placed in a wet environment. A shower chair can also be utilized as a seat when not being used in the shower, providing a stable surface which elders can use when they’re doing things like brushing their teeth or hair. These products can be purchased through our Smik Care Home Healthcare Range which is available at most pharmacies or independent home care retailers Australia wide. Contact our Wholesale Team now to find out where your nearest stockist is.

  • Utilise a transfer bench: Getting safely in and out of a bathtub or shower can be extremely challenging for elders with physical limitations. Transfer benches make bathing easier for people who would normally have trouble getting in and out of a bathtub. They allow the user to enter and exit the bath or shower by pivoting into and out of the tub from a sitting position and provide a stable seating area for the user. We offer a variety of transfer benches including static, sliding, heavy duty and padded options making it easy for you to find a suitable transfer bench for your loved one. These products can be purchased through our Smik Care Home Healthcare Range which is available at most pharmacies or independent home care retailers Australia wide. Contact our Wholesale Team now to find out where your nearest stockist is.

  • Use a raised toilet seat or over toilet aid: Many elders have difficulty lowering themselves down to sit on a low toilet seat and rising to a standing position safely due to lack of arm and leg strength and balance. A raised toilet seat is a great tool to reduce the amount of squatting and the distance that must be covered for the user to sit on the toilet. Our raised toilet seat options can raise the height of the user’s toilet seat by 50mm, 100mm, and 150mm. Similarly, an over toilet aid provides a raised seat and support arms to assist the user with toilet transfers. Both of these products also help empower elders by enabling them to easily get on and off the toilet by themselves. These products can be purchased through our Smik Care Home Healthcare Range which is available at most pharmacies or independent home care retailers Australia wide. Contact our Wholesale Team now to find out where your nearest stockist is.

  • Install night lights: As most elderly people urinate often at night, having a dark hallway leading from their bedroom to their bathroom can be extremely dangerous and subsequently result in a fall or injury. This is why it is so important to install a nightlight in this area to help provide a clear path.

  • Put a phone in the bathroom: Make sure a phone is easily accessible from both the toilet and the shower in case of an emergency.

As indicated above these products can be purchased through our Smik Care Home Healthcare Range which is available at most pharmacies or independent home care retailers Australia wide. Contact our Wholesale Team now or call us on 1300 930 930 to find out where your nearest stockist is.

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