Using the shower safely as a senior citizen can be difficult, but there are things that you can install in your bathroom that make it safer. Most of them do require an extensive bathroom remodel, but they will be well worth your time and money if they allow you to retain at least some of your independence and shower safely. Let’s take a look at some of the more common shower amenities for seniors.
Twisting a knob to turn on a shower is hard for elderly people with limited mobility in their hands and wrists, so installing lever faucets can make things much easier. These of course don’t have to be just installed in a shower; a bathroom sink can be outfitted with them as well. There are even models that can be operated with your feet if bending down becomes too difficult.
A Sprayer Attachment
Being able to detach your shower head and hold it in your hand can make bathing much easier. You don’t have to move your body much at all when you shower, and you can even wash yourself while sitting in a shower chair, which is something else that many people with limited mobility like to use when they bathe.
Being able to hold onto grab bars or rails when entering and exiting a shower or bathtub can make bathing much easier and safer. You can even have these railings installed next to your toilet for the same reason. Grab bars need to be fastened securely to your wall, so it’s in your best interest to have this job done by a professional.
Placing non-slip mats in and around your shower can prevent you from slipping and falling. The best part about these is that they are easier to use than many of the other options mentioned here. A bath mat can be purchased at most department or medical supply stores, as can more permanent adhesive mats that can be easily installed onto your shower floor.
If you are unable to walk and need to transition from a wheelchair to a shower chair, you can have a curbless shower installed in your bathroom. This eliminates the need to actually step over a curb to get into a shower or bathtub, something that can make showering all but impossible for some seniors. An existing shower can be altered to be curbless, but you can also have a pre-fabricated unit installed instead.
For more information about these or other bathroom amenities or to have them installed in your home, contact HIS Plumber today.