There are a variety of medical factors, as well as environmental ones, that can lead to an elderly person requiring safety amendments to their bathroom. Whether it's a frail body or slippery floor, a hazardous bathroom can impede on a person's happy senior living.
So how do you make a bathroom safer?
1) Improve lighting
Many bathrooms, especially those painted in dark colours or that have small windows, have lighting that can be hard for ageing eyes to see in. This can lead to an increase in the possibility of unfortunate accidents, as hazards may not be immediately visible. Consider changing the light fixtures in your elderly parent's bathroom, or adding in more lights.
2) Add non-slip mats
Puddles of hard-to-see water can be a dangerous slipping hazard, both in the bath/shower and out of it. You can easily counteract this by adding non-slip mats – purchasable from many hardware and department stores – to the bath and shower, in front of the sink, and where your senior parent is likely to step out of the bath/shower with wet feet.
3) Instal safety bars
As ageing bodies become more frail, sore or tired, raising and lowering oneself from the bath, toilet or into the shower can become trickier than it used to be. Safety rails can be purchased in a variety of shapes and lengths to suit all corners and walls of a bathroom, and would assist the elderly with their balance.
4) Consider new seating
The addition and improvement of the seating in your elderly parent's bathroom could help them if they have trouble lowering themselves or standing for periods of time. A sturdy seat in the shower would allow them the freedom to scrub and clean themselves without risk of falling over, whereas a raised toilet seat would be easier for them to sit on.