While seemingly harmless, bathrooms can pose a significant risk to those aging in place. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that falls cause approximately 80% of bathroom injuries and that elderly individuals have the highest injury rates. Study findings also revealed that bathing, showering and getting out of the tub were the most hazardous activities, but the dangers associated with toileting were also discovered. Around 19% to 37% of senior citizens have accidents as a result of using the toilet. Several simple and effective aging in place bathroom design products can help seniors remain independent by reducing the risk of falls and injuries in the bathroom. Discover our recommendations for bathroom supplies to help your loved one age in place.
1. Moen Stainless Bathroom Grab Bar
The process of getting into and out of the tub or shower becomes notably more difficult as we age, as well as getting onto a commode. Installing an affordable grab bar outside of the showering area and near the toilet, such as the Moen Stainless Bathroom Grab Bar, can provide extra support to prevent falls and injury.
2. Anti Slip Shower Stickers
Protect yourself from severe injury by using Anti Slip Shower Stickers. An anti-skid surface can easily be added to your bathtub’s bottom with these adhesive decals. Become accustomed to the easy-to-maintain non slip bathtub stickers and say goodbye to slippery, moldy tub mats.
3. 3M Gripping Tape
Ensure that your grab bars are secure with 3M Gripping Tape. A grab bar can make it easier to enter or exit the bathtub and shower but can also become slippery and slick when wet. In addition, 3M Gripping Tape adds an extra security measure, providing slip resistance even when wet or oily.
4. Medline Bathtub Handle Safety Clamp Grab Bar
When it comes to moving around the bathroom, grab bars can add a great deal of stability. A clamp secures the Medline Bathtub Handle directly to the bathtub, unlike traditional grab bars attached to the bathroom wall. Additionally, the clamp-on design provides easy hand positioning for entry and exit, especially for the elderly with limited mobility.
5. OasisSpace Stand Alone Raised Toilet Seat
Standing up from, sitting down on, or using the toilet can cause injuries to older adults with limited mobility who are aging in place. The OasisSpace Stand Alone Raised Toilet Seat offers a solution to reduce the risks. A further advantage of OasisSpace raised toilets is that they are easy to assemble and install without any tools. This raised toilet seat is multifunctional, as it also serves as a safety bath seat in the shower.
6. Bath Transfer Bench
For aging adults who need assistance entering and exiting the bath, a Bath Transfer Bench is an excellent option. This reversible transfer bench with tool-free installation is perfect for any bathroom.
7. Moen Home Care Multi-Function Handheld Shower with Pause Control
Whether seniors are standing or sitting as they bathe, the Moen Home Care Multi-Function Handheld Shower with Pause Control makes showering safer and more comfortable. The handheld showerhead comes with a soft-grip handle and safety strap for increased grip security, increasing independence, and the generously long seven-foot flexible hose is ideal for seniors who bathe sitting down.
As a result of these simple and effective aging in place bathroom design products, the risk of injury in the home can be reduced as well as the ability to remain independent as one enters their later years.