Elderly Parents Home Care Safety for the Bathroom
Did you know that older elderly parents fall and injure themselves in and around the home?
They trip down stairs, fall down while sweeping the patio, slip in the bathroom or stumble over electrical cords in the living room.
Making the house safer for seniors should be standard operating procedure for caregivers, but you'd be amazed at how many safety hazards get over looked. To someone young and healthy, a throw rug poses no danger. It's easy for a thirty year old to climb into and out of the bathtub. For elders, even the simplest tasks can become nearly insurmountable obstacles. Make life easier, and safer, for your parents. Go through the home one room at a time and take a good look at it. Look at the room through the eyes of a person who might have poor vision, or one who finds it difficult to walk without shuffling his or her feet.
Studies have shown that nearly one in every three seniors over the age of 65 years old experiences a fall every year. Some of those falls are minor and result in only scrapped knees and injured pride, but many others are serious; broken bones, especially legs, hips and spine, can pose long-term and life threatening medical conditions for your elderly parent.
One of the most dangerous rooms in the house for an elderly homes is often the bathroom. To maximize bathroom safety, follow these simple yet very effective tips.
Here's a checklist that will help you get started fall-proofing your bathrooms:
Remember that in a white bathroom, a white toilet might be difficult for someone suffering from poor vision or depth perception to see. In such cases, it is suggested that caregivers in the home of elderly parents place a brightly colored toilet seat cover on the toilet, or brightly colored cushions on chairs or benches. This will help provide strong visual cues and reduce the chance of an accident.
Create a safe home for elders, room by room. Some changes may require minor adaptations, while others may prove a bit more time consuming and expensive.
However, the alternative is frightening.
Look at your home with a very critical eye, and then do whatever is necessary to make it safer; not only for
an elderly parent, but your entire family.
Different approaches and solutions may be necessary depending on overall health, medical and cognitive conditions and functions, as well as practicality. However, minimizing risks and maximizing safety is the best way to take care of a loved one in any room of the house.