Aging in Place

Guest Post: 5 tips for Making a Bathroom Senior Friendly

Written by Tim Smith via Modernize

As you journey through your golden years, your home should be a safe haven where you can relax and enjoy life. For a bathroom that makes personal care a breeze, a few minor improvements will go a long way.

1. Handheld Shower Head

To avoid awkward twisting and turning while bathing, invest in a detachable shower head. Quickly installed and easy to use, this style allows you to direct water exactly where you need it with minimal effort. With its long, flexible hose, such a shower head is ideal for remaining seated, which provides a safe and relaxing experience.

Tim Smith sr bathroom

2. Water Heater Settings

As you age, skin can burn more easily and at lower temperatures. Straight from the manufacturer, most water heaters are set to 140 degrees, but sensitive skin can be burned at just 120 degrees. With this in mind, check your water heater’s setting, and lower it if necessary. For extra protection, consider using no-scald regulators or faucets to ensure your water remains at a safe temperature.

3. No-Skid Floor Mat

While suction-cup bath mats are essential for secure footing within the bathtub, you could also use one directly outside it. Escaped water from your bath or shower can make the surrounding floor slippery. Since the last thing you need is the floor to fly out from under you while exiting the shower, use a non-slip mat that grips the ground and provides a safe platform to exit.

4. Raised Toilet

If you suffer from arthritis or other chronic pain, the trek to the toilet can be downright painful. To make this necessary task more pleasant, consider purchasing an insert that raises the height of your commode. Raising it just a few more inches can help take the strain off of your knees, hips and other problem areas.

5. Talking Scale

As a senior, you can track and maintain your weight as a means of staying fit and healthy. With a traditional scale, you may have to squint and bend over to read the results, which could lead to an accident. A talking scale, however, displays the result in large-print font and reads it aloud.

Tim Smith sr tub
Via Modernize

With just a few simple adjustments and additions, you can create a bathroom that is conducive to your lifestyle and needs.

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