Your house is meant to be a place where you can feel relaxed and comfortable, but as you grow older, this can unfortunately stop being the case. When mobility becomes more of a challenge, that tiled floor can start to feel a little more slippery, and those wooden steps a little more treacherous. In addition to being difficult to traverse the risk of falling becomes a greater danger.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for seniors, and 55% of them occur at home. Don’t let your house become a hazard to your health. With a few simple and inexpensive home modifications, you can still live comfortably and easily in your own home, and maintain the independent lifestyle you prefer.
One of the easiest places to slip and fall is your bathroom—wet floors, a slippery bathtub, and steam from the shower can all potentially lead to an accident. A good way to eliminate the risk of slipping on a tiled floor is to get a rubber-backed rug that will grip securely to the floor and make it easier to maintain your footing. Even with a rug, try to avoid wet floors by making sure you’re as dry as possible before stepping out of the bathtub or shower.
Bathtubs themselves can sometimes be difficult things to navigate. If you have trouble standing for a long time to take a shower, a shower chair might be a good investment. These chairs reduce the chance of slipping while you’re getting clean. A grab bar can also be a useful tool—it attaches to the wall, and helps you maintain your balance when getting in or out of the shower.
If your range of mobility makes regular bathroom activities difficult, there are several things you can do to make your experience easier. For those with trouble getting on and off of the toilet, a raised toilet seat can make the trip a little shorter. Grab bars are also useful here, because they can offer support when you’re either lowering yourself down, or getting back up.
They say that cleanliness is next to godliness, and with a few simple home modifications, you don’t have to let mobility or the risk of falling get in the way of feeling heavenly when you sink into a bath.