Raised Toilet Seat – Bathroom Safety for Seniors

Raised Toilet Seat – Bathroom Safety for Seniors

Part of helping seniors to be more independent includes providing them with the things they need to be able to live in their homes comfortably and without fear of injury. Things such as a raised toilet seat help seniors to retain more of their independence for longer, while maintaining their privacy and keeping them safe from injury.

As we age our mobility decreases, things such as bending over, sitting and climbing steps can become much more difficult and increase the risk of injury from falls. Even standing up to look at your  beauty mirror with lighting can be a challenge akin to climbing Everest. Hip, back or knee surgery can also cause problems and make it more difficult for you to perform simple tasks such as going to the bathroom or taking a shower. Thankfully more products are being made all the time to help seniors overcome these problems without the help of a full time helper. A barrier free shower or raised toilet seats can make all the difference in the ability of a senior to live in their own home longer.

While there are a number of products available to assist a senior with the day to day tasks there are a few that are a bit more important. Equipping a bathroom for seniors is particularly important as these tasks are essential in daily living and tasks such as these can easily cause injury due to their nature. Equipping a bathroom for a senior may take a bit of work but it will bring the peace of mind of avoiding injuries by doing such things as making floors non slippery with rugs or non skid floors, installing a sitting shower and a toilet  raised seat.

Your shower should include a no barrier entrance and a non skid floor, to ensure that your senior is at no risk or falling or being stuck in the shower. Shower controls should keep the senior from having to bend to reach them and the shower should have a heat control to prevent the senior from accidentally scalding themselves because they slip when using the faucet.

A raised toilet seats should be high enough that your senior keeps their weight above their knees and a handle should be installed near the raised toilet seat that allows them to steady themselves when they are trying to get on and off the toilet.

Equipping the bathroom for your senior does not have to cost a lot of money nor does it need to require a lot of remodeling. Most mobility improvements can be done with little effort and on a budget.

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