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HOW TO MAKE SHOWER EXPERIENCE SAFE FOR SENIORS

Posted on December 12th, 2017.

HOW TO MAKE SHOWER EXPERIENCE SAFE FOR SENIORS

Old age can be tough. Not only does a person start to lose control and strength in their once fit and healthy bodies, but they also end up losing their confidence and independence as well. Simple tasks around the house begin to seem like a challenge as the age of an individual progresses. Take bathing for example – the once safe and easy to use bathroom will now seem like a landmine of risks. When you are unsure of your strength and balance, even the slightest of physical maneuvers can expose you to an accident or fall. To avoid such a scenario for your senior loved one, it is important that you make a shower experience as safe as possible for them. This blog post will tell you how that can be done:

Go Barrier Free

Senior accessible showers are designed to provide the least bit of obstruction to a user as they enter and exit the shower area. Shower curtains and gates are removed completely. So is the shower curb that can be a major tripping hazard or a hurdle that a wheelchair wouldn’t be able to cross. You should also get a fast water drainage system installed in the shower to ensure that the space doesn’t remain wet for too long.

Safety features

The next important step that you must take to ensure a safe shower experience for your senior loved one is to install an array of safety fixtures around the bathing area. Grab bars and handrails are perfect to allow a user to regain their balance and steady themselves. Textured walls and anti–slip floors provide better grip to elderly individuals, thereby preventing accidents. You can also choose to place a seat in the shower area to provide the user with a more comfortable showering experience.

Accessibility

The last and final change to make a shower experience safe for seniors is to put everything within easy reach for the user. Bathroom storage shelves/alcoves can be brought down to sitting height near the seat in the shower. An extendable shower head can be installed to negate the need to stand and bathe all together. These simple changes will ensure that the elderly user doesn’t have to get up time and again while taking a bath.

Just follow these simple steps to make your home shower safe and more comfortable for use by your senior loved one.