When older adults are considering the option of aging in place, the biggest obstacle they will have to overcome is how to accident proof the bathroom as much as possible. The bathroom is often the most dangerous, yet most necessary room in the house when it comes to maintaining independence. Tile floors and surfaces are both hard and slippery, which make for a dangerous combination, especially for seniors who might be losing some of their strength and balances as they age. Any other mobility limitations can pose additional challenges that standard bathrooms simply aren’t designed to address. Luckily, there are practical and affordable solutions available that won’t always require major renovations or modifications.
There are lots of things that can be done to make the bathroom a safer place. We have made an infographic to help illustrate some tips.
The bathtub is clearly one of the biggest reasons a bathroom can be so dangerous for someone with limited mobility. More specifically, stepping in and out of the bathtub can be the most difficult part. Here, we outline the options for making this process easier based on your needs and budget.
Obtaining financing for these types of items is a little more difficult than most other home mobility equipment, but there are options. You can find more information here about possibly obtaining financing or reimbursement from organizations like Medicare, USDA, and your personal insurance.
We also have a number of articles addressing the benefits of walk-in tubs, hydrotherapy bathtubs, and much more in the “TUB HUB”.