Safety isn’t usually a significant concern for most people when they step into their own bathrooms. But as you age and your mobility declines, you may begin to notice just how hazardous all those uneven and potentially slippery surfaces can be—especially if you’ve already suffered a bathroom fall in the past. Rather than worrying about your own safety when using your bath or shower at home, follow these tips to help prevent a fall so that you can continue bathing with total comfort and confidence.
Consider Some Bathroom Upgrades
If bathroom safety is a severe concern for you, then it’s time to consider some bathroom upgrades that will help enormously. Three significant upgrades can help make showering and bathing safer for senior citizens: walk-in bathtubs, shower seats, and safety grab bars.
Safety grab bars and shower seats are inexpensive and easy to install. Set a plastic shower seat in your shower stall, and you’ll have a safe place to sit as you wash, rather than trying to balance and bend on a slippery surface. Safety grab bars can be installed anywhere you think you’ll need a little extra balance and support, including beside your shower, next to your tub, and by the toilet.
While walk-in tubs are a bit more expensive, they cannot be beaten in terms of safety and accessibility. They provide an easy entry and exit with a low step and a comfortable upright seat that’s easy to get in and out of.
Keep Bathing Items Close By
When it’s time for your bath or shower, make sure everything you need is close by. This includes your towel, robe, and other items you might want to have when you bathe. Not only is this convenient, but it keeps you from twisting around or trying to lean out of the tub or shower to reach something you need. It also means you don’t have to worry about crossing the tile on wet, slippery feet to get your towel. Consider installing a towel hook nearby for easier access.
Dry Thoroughly before Exiting
Speaking of wet feet, you should avoid crossing your tile floors on them even when your bath or shower is done. Wet tile is a fall waiting to happen. So, take a minute in the shower or the bath (after the water has emptied) to dry yourself thoroughly, especially your legs and feet. This will minimize the risk of slipping.
Walk-in bathtubs and other upgrades around your bathroom can make you feel safer and more secure with bathing independently. If you make these upgrades and follow these other tips, bathroom safety will be less of a concern for you.