As mobility decreases with age, senior citizens become increasingly prone to bathroom mishaps – especially slipping and falling.
How can you help? By implementing these and other common-sense safety precautions for seniors, children, and other family members who might need assistance:
- Equip showers with sturdy grab bars anchored to wall studs. Grab bars also help prevent accidents near the toilet.
- A flexible handheld shower head with an on/off button prevents the person from having to turn around to wash both sides, and that means less chance of slipping.
- Standard toilets can be replaced with comfort height models that make it easier to get on and off.
- Some faucet handles are difficult for arthritic hands to grip and turn. These can be replaced with one-touch or no-touch faucets.
- Replace your existing tub with a walk-in model with a built-in bench. These facilitate greater ease of access with a low-step entrance and feature a seal-tight door that prevents water from escaping.
- Anti-scald shower and faucet valves eliminate the risk of shower suddenly turning scalding hot. This often happens when someone’s taking a shower and another family flushes the toilet or turns on a cold-water tap.
At Swan’s Complete Plumbing, we can help turn any bathroom into a safer and more secure environment. Contact us today for more information or to request an in-home bathroom safety consultation and proposal.