There are a lot of products on the market that can help improve your loved one's accessibility while in the bathroom. If you want to help increase your elderly loved one's safety and hopefully extend their time of independence at home, here are a few bathroom and plumbing upgrades that will be the most helpful:
Higher Toilet, or a Toilet Seat Extender
As people age, it becomes more and more difficult to sit down and stand back up (especially the latter). To you, a normal toilet may not be too close to the ground, but for your elderly loved one, it is a different story. Luckily, there are taller models that can be purchased and installed.
If a new toilet is out of the question, you do have one other option: a toilet seat extender. These will replace the existing toilet seat and are secured in place with screws. Don't forget to include grab bars, as they can make it even easier for a senior citizen to get up and down.
You may also want to consider raising the sink and countertop. The last thing you want is for your loved one to have to bend over, putting strain on their back, in order to wash their hands and groom themselves.
Hands-Free, Motion-Sensing Faucet
The hands become weak with age, which makes it difficult to pull knobs and turn handles. This is why a hands-free, motion-detecting faucet can come in handy for the elderly. The sensors will detect when hands are placed beneath the faucet and the stream of water will automatically come out. Not only is this easier on them, but it is more sanitary as well.
Another thing is the bathtub. It can be very difficult for your elderly loved one to lift their legs up and over the side of the bathtub, especially while trying to maintain their balance and not fall. A walk-in tub allows for a person to walk into it, sit down and shut the door behind them. The door is waterproof so no water will leak out.
You may be able to take care of some this on your own, but it is likely that you'll need the help of an experienced contractor. Most of these upgrades involve plumbing fixtures, so a plumber will probably be your best bet. With the combination of the aforementioned upgrades and other solutions that your loved one's physician may recommend based on individual situations, you will be making it extremely easier for your loved one to take care of themselves a bit more efficiently and maintain their independence for a little while longer. You can click for more info on plumbing services available in your area.Share
14 October 2015
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