January is the National Bath Safety Month, which is a great time to reflect on the safety of your bathroom and add in important products and features to limit potential injuries.
Here, we will share five easy ways to make your bathroom safer:
1) Install a Raised Toilet Seat
It can be hard for some seniors to sit as low as a standard toilet seat, and bending your knees to sit may cause falls. To prevent injuries, consider installing a raised toilet seat with handles to make using the restroom safer.
2) Put Essentials Within Reach
Your bath time essentials, such as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, should be close enough to discourage reaching and bending. These motions can cause injury in the blink of an eye and make it harder for you to shower or bathe. To solve this problem, place a caddy within arm’s reach with all your necessities, or consider wall dispensers instead of clunky bottles. These bottles can trip you or slip out of your hands, leading to potential accidents. Soap dispensers on the wall are easy to reach, inexpensive to install, and can be refilled easily by yourself or a caregiver.
3) Add Traction
One of the easiest changes you can make to ensure bathroom safety is to add increased traction to your tub and bathroom floor. Non-slip mats are great to add to the bottom of your bathtub and shower because they make it safer for you to stand, and non-slip rugs can serve as both decor and a safety feature outside of the tub. These additions will help minimize slips, falls, and injuries.
4) Install Grab Bars
If you have difficulty getting in and out of the shower or bath, grab bars can be a great addition. They are easy to install and can be placed strategically to save yourself from a fall or provide more stability.
5) Invest in a Walk-In Tub
Walk-in tubs are a safe option because they have a door and low threshold for easy access. With a walk-in tub, you don’t have to risk stepping over a high bathtub rim and onto a slick, wet surface.
Celebrate National Bath Safety Month in January by taking a good look at the safety of your bathroom.
Follow our recommendations to keep yourself safe, comfortable, and independent!