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Bathroom Aides-Staying Safe

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/13/2013
One aspect of your home, more specifically the bathroom, holds many difficulties and risks, especially as you grow older. While it's easy to overlook problems until they occur, planning ahead and knowing what may present as an issue is important. At Maven Medical, we can help you identify problems in your home and offer you products to assist with these issues.

For many, nothing is more dangerous or difficult to use than the bathroom. When you have special needs or are growing older, having the right bathroom aides could be the difference between a safe visit to the bathroom and one that could leave you injured. There are a myriad of products that exist to make it easier to use the bathroom.

For starters, there are commodes that are designed to help make it easier for you to go to the bathroom. Their height and shape make them much more accessible and easy to use than a standardized toilet. In addition, grab bars are a convenient way to get in and out of the tub or shower as well as on and off the toilet. It can be frustrating to have to struggle to use the bathroom when you need to but these simple changes can make a world of difference.

You should make sure you have a non-skid surface in the bathtub or shower as well. If standing while showering is a problem, use a sturdy bath seat or shower chair. A shower chair is an inexpensive option that makes it easier to take showers when necessary and adding grab bars to facilitate getting in and out of it will make the experience much safer. Never use a towel rack to steady yourself. They are designed to hold up towels, not people! Also be wary of bath mats without a rubber backing. Do not use bathtub-cleaning products that leave a slippery residue. Make sure bathroom locks can be opened from both sides in case of an emergency. Try to bathe when help is available if possible.

Special showers that have very low rims over which to step are a good investment as well as basic rubber no-slip mats. So if you're looking for a good place to start ensuring your bathroom is a more secure and comfortable place as you age, shower chairs, accessible commodes, and some strategically placed grab bars are excellent ideas in which to invest. Installation of any or all of these products is easier than you may realize and will give you or a loved one the safety and security that is needed. No one should struggle or be fearful of bathroom utilization and at Maven Medical, we understand and relate to your needs.

Posted in: Elderly Care, Safety Products