Helpful Tips To Improve Bathroom Safety

jjue March 5th, 2013, 11:11 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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Installing grab bars in the bathroom are a great way to improve the safety of the older adults in our lives. But there’s more to improving safety than just purchasing a pair of grab bars. Try these helpful tips to improve the safety of your loved one when they’re getting in and out of the tub.

Concentration Counts

  • Getting in and out of the tub requires concentration
  • Your loved one may need help in the bathroom if they have difficulty with attention or concentration

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Practice using newly installed grab bars before bathing
  • Some people need a few practice sessions before they’re comfortable using a new set of grab bars

Bathing is one of the hallmarks of remaining independent, especially as a person ages. Taking proper precautions can improve an elderly person’s safety in the bathroom.

What have you done to improve bathroom safety? Let me know your ideas by leaving a comment.

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