At ADA Medical Supply in Sandy Springs near Atlanta, Georgia
Bathrooms can be the most dangerous places in the house, especially for the elderly. Slick floors, hard ceramic fixtures, tight quarters around splashing water can be quite hazardous. So it stands to reason finding ways to alleviate accidents is a top priority.
Home bathrooms often need adaptation if an elderly or disabled person wants to stay at home and remain independent. Ensuring bathroom access and safety does not include a costly remodel. Following are some suggestions to increase bathroom safety for the elderly or disabled.
Tub or Shower Area - strategically placed grab bars and non-slip mats will help all household members move about more safely. Transfer benches allow those with limited mobility to enter and exit the tub in a safer seated position. Sturdy seats and benches using a hand-held shower head permit washing in a safe, comfortable position. Bath seat lifts help bathers easily transfer from outside the tub in a sitting position, lower them gently into a soothing deep soak and then lift them up again with a push of a button. For individuals who like to bathe in the tub and need a little extra support getting in and out, a clamp on tub rail will give the security needed.
Toilet - toilet seat risers and safety frames make the painful chore of sitting down or standing up much easier and safer. There are regular or elongated styles to choose from, as well as those with attached or independent arms. The addition of toilet seat arm supports provide safe support when lowering to and raising from the toilet seat.
Commodes - The deluxe bedside commode by Drive Medical is designed to be configured to be used as a bedside commode, toilet safety frame, elevated toilet seat, or put over your existing toilet. It can be used over the toilet as a safety frame and riser plus have the added bonus of easy removal by other member of the household. There are built-in arms for help in sitting or standing; some have removable arms for transferring from wheelchair to commode. They can also be removed and used in any other room of the house, like a bedroom, should the need arise, since they are not directly connected to the toilet. It is important to measure the area immediately surrounding the toilet to make sure the frame of the commode will fit.
Many of the products listed above include bariatric models, for larger people requiring a larger weight capacity.