5 tips to create a senior friendly bathroom

There comes a point in everyone’s life, whether you like it or not, one will need the help of family. Aging is part of life but it sometimes comes with all kinds of diseases and problems that make everyday life not so easy as we would like it to be. Luckily, for most of the problems nowadays there’s a solution and at Mobility Plus depending on the situation of your loved ones, you should be able to find the right advice that will fit your loved one's needs and make them happy.

Living together with a family member that is getting older means having to adjust things in order to help them stay safe and independent. Unfortunately, when we are talking about the bathroom, moving things around just won’t do.

If bathrooms are dangerous for us as young people, imagine how a senior feels, especially if mobility is an issue. Luckily, there are several things that you can do, to make them feel comfortable and safe and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Floor is important

In my opinion, the bathroom floor is dangerous even if you're not old, so imagine just how dangerous it is for an elderly person. You should take into consideration to remove it completely and add a non-slip floor or just add some anti-slip mats if you're on a tight budget and you can't really afford to make big changes. 

Handrails are important

They assist with balance when walking, sitting, or standing up and that’s why they have to be on the top of your list. The good part is that nowadays, you can combine style with safety and buy handrails that match the design of your bathroom and make it look less rigid, they just blend in the picture and you can barely notice them.

Add a walk-in shower

For those seniors that have stiff joints, who use a walker, or who are wheelchair-bound, a tub/shower combo simply won’t work. A walk-in shower offers easy access and comfortable bathing experience. For extra safety, you can talk to a specialist and add a chair, extra grab rails, and an anti-slip mat.

Optional: this is totally optional, but if you have the budget for it, you can also install a walk-in bathtub. Being old doesn’t mean that you can enjoy a relaxing warm bath and this tub is specially designed for the senior’s needs.

Install a higher toilet

Often, elderly people suffer from weakness in their muscles, as well as knee and back pain. This can make getting back up off from a low toilet problematic and even dangerous. Thankfully, there are higher toilets available that make standing up much easier. Such toilets are often referred to as “chair height” or “comfort height,” and they can make all the difference in the world—especially when combined with handrails.

These are just the basic things that you can do in order to have a senior-friendly bathroom. My advice, in this case, is always to consult a specialist that will help you make the right choices for you and your loved one.

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