Increasingly, senior citizens are choosing to stay in their homes instead of moving in with family members or relocating to senior living facilities. Unfortunately, about one in three people over the age of 65 falls each year, with that number rising to 50 percent of those aged 80 years and older. Many of these falls occur in the bathroom. To ensure home bathrooms are safe zones, here are some design ideas for seniors that can possibly prevent falls and make the bathroom more useful.
The shower can be a dangerous place, but there are ways to make it safer. Adding a shower chair is easy and can reduce the risk of falling. Shower chairs come in all shapes and sizes, so it shouldn’t take long to find one to fit your bathroom shower.
While installing safety bars in the bathroom might not look visually appealing, manufacturers are starting to create grab bars that are sleek and modern. If you don’t want to detract from the ambiance of the room, consider a discreet grab bar attached to a towel bar or toilet paper holder.
A simple way to make the bathroom easier for senior citizens to use is to install a shower dispenser. That means you won’t have to worry about bottles slipping out of hand and rolling around on the shower floor, creating a tripping hazard. There are plenty of options for dispensers, including one-, two- and three-chamber designs to hold shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on an entire bathroom remodel for seniors to be safe. Keep yourself and your loved ones secure at home with these bathroom designs for seniors. And if you have any questions, let the experts at Better Living know.