As we shared in last month’s article — Four Tips for Designing an Accessible Bathroom — more than 230,000 people are sent to the ER each year because of an injury sustained while bathing, showering, or using the bathroom facilities. This month, we’re sharing 5 bathroom features that can help reduce the dangers in the bathroom.
- Install grab bars. Installing grab bars in easy-to-reach places provides support and balance for entering and exiting the shower or tub. Also consider adding grab bars near the toilets for additional support and safety.
- Add shower seats. A shower seat can provide stability and a place to rest for those who have difficulty standing for long periods of time. Builders or homeowners should select a shower with a folding seat installed or purchase a bench seat to add to an existing shower.
- Add an adjustable (and hand-held) showerhead. This allows the person to direct the water where it’s most needed without having to contort their body into awkward positions.
- Fix slippery surfaces. Having a non-slip mat (or decals) on the floor of the shower or tub — as well as a non-slip rug on the floor — provides additional stability and can reduce slipping. A non-slip rug in front of the toilet and by the sink area can also help prevent slipping.
- Install taller toilets. Over time, residents may experience increased difficulty lowering themselves onto a low toilet seat and returning to a standing position. A raised toilet (typically 3 to 4 inches) can reduce the amount of squatting and the distance that has to be covered to sit on the toilet.
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