The bathroom is the number one place where people get in hurt in the home. Tub surfaces and floors can be slippery and standing and sitting to use the toilet can be difficult for people with mobility issues due to illness or injury. Whether waiting for a broken bone to heal or coping with a more permanent condition such as arthritis or vertigo, bathing and toileting safely is a primary concern. Fortunately, there are many types of equipment available to make the bathroom safer for everyone.
For people with mobility issues, showering and bathing can be quite difficult. If the bathroom as a tub, the process of swinging their legs over the tub to get in can cause a fall. In addition, surfaces are slippery making it quite easy for someone with balance concerns to fall and get hurt. Bath steps make this process much safer. For additional assistance, a shower lift is a great option.
Once in the shower, shower chairs and seats provide secure, sturdy places to bathe without fear of falling. If the balance or mobility concerns are more minor, a shower stool can also work. Just be certain there’s no danger of falling backwards. Shower stools are also ideal for people who have their leg in a cast and need to support it while bathing.
There are also many tools to make the process of bathing easier. Items such as cast covers to keep the shower spray from ruining a cast and long handled sponges all make showering much easier and safer. A popular item is the pumice foot cleaner because it helps people with balance issues wash their feet without fear of falling.
Standing and sitting to use the toilet can be difficult for people with mobility issues. As your center of balance changes during the process of getting up and sitting down, it’s possible to pitch forward and possibly get hurt. Grab rails and support rails make this process safer. In addition, for people with difficulty standing or sitting, a raised toilet seat can be beneficial.
Sometimes, getting to the bathroom becomes too difficult. In situations like that, a commode or bedpan can be helpful. Place a sanitary mat in front of the commode for added protection. When using bedpans or portable urinals, incontinence care items such as mattress pads, washable chair or bed pads, or waterproof mattress covers is also recommended.
People with difficulty using the toilet may also find it harder to clean themselves afterwards. The Buckingham Easy Wipe was designed by an Occupational Therapist with this in mind. The ergonomic shape is perfect for people with limit dexterity and the smooth, uncomplicated mechanism is easy to clean, yet discretely folds away to be hidden in a handbag or pocket.
Taking a shower or bath or using the toilet can be quite difficult for people with mobility concerns due to injury or illness, however, there are now many products available to make it easier. This helps you keep your independence longer and ensures the bathroom is still a safe place in your home.