Making the Bathroom Safe and Convenient for Seniors
Many accidents happen in bathrooms, so check the safety of the bathroom that you will use for home care.
- Cover all sharp edges with rubber cushioning.
- Put lights in the medicine cabinets so mistakes are not made when taking medicine.
- Remove locks on bathroom doors.
- Use nonskid safety strips or a nonslip bath mat in the tub or shower.
- Think about putting a grab rail on the edge of the vanity. (Do not use a towel bar.)
- Remove glass shower doors or replace them with unbreakable plastic.
- Use only electrical appliances with a ground fault interrupted (GFI) feature.
- Install GFI electrical outlets.
- Set the hot water thermostat below 120° F.
- Use faucets that mix hot and cold water, or paint hot water knobs/faucets red.
- Insulate (cover) hot water pipes to prevent burns.
- Put in toilet guard rails or provide a portable toilet seat with built-in rails.
Comfort and Convenience
- If possible, the bathroom should be in a straight path from the bedroom of the person in your care.
- Put in a ceiling heat lamp.
- Place a telephone near the toilet.
- Provide soap-on-a-rope or put a bar of soap in the toe of a nylon stocking and tie it to the grab bar.
- Place toilet paper within easy reach.
- Try to provide enough space for two people at the bathroom sink.
- If possible, have the sink 32”-34” from the floor.
- Use levers instead of handles on faucets.
- Provide an elevated (raised) toilet seat.