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Home Improvement Guide For Bellmawr, NJ Home Owners
Remodeling Thoughts for Accommodating the Elderly
There are many things to consider when remodeling an apartment or home for an elder. There are things such as non-slip mats to wheelchair ramps that need taking into consideration. Simple things such as a tool to reach items higher on shelves, to more complicated items such as chair lifts need thinking about as well.
When it comes to remodeling the bathroom to accommodate an elder, health and safety issues are key. Coupled all together or a combination of a few, remodeling your elder’s bathroom with these things in mind will help ease your mind when it comes to that elder’s safety.
Tub and Shower
While the best option is probably the walk-in shower or the sit-down shower, these can be costly if not already in place. However, these are probably some of the safest ways for an elder to bathe if they live alone.
Having a walk-in shower with no step up is easier, as many elderly suffer from joint and arthritic ailments and have a difficult time lifting and raising their legs.
If installing a new tub or shower is not an option, then consider bath chairs with rubber stoppers on the legs that will prevent slipping while an elder gets in and out of the tub. A bench that goes partially outside of the tub and partially inside will provide a way for an elder to sit and hold onto the rails of the bench while placing one leg after another in and sliding over to bathe. Of course, a handheld shower device will be most beneficial.
Handrails are a must have for any shower or tub. Having something to grip onto as they enter and exit, especially on a wet, slippery surface is important for the safety of an elder.
Seat cushions that raise the toilet seat higher up to the elder so that they do not have to squat and bend as much provide ease of use and comfort. A grab bar or loop grab handle next to the toilet that clamps onto the tub is a wonderful safety tool as they can grab and pull themselves up from a sitting position.
Toilet rails on either side of the toilet will benefit an elder, aiding them to rise from a seated position as well as offer something to hold onto to get into that seated position.
Of course, having wide-open access for a wheelchair is optimal; however, sometimes this is not an option.
A rubberized mat both inside the tub and outside is best for preventing slip and falls. Proper lighting is imperative. Always keep a nightlight on in the bathroom so that an elder can easily find the light switch.
These are just a few tips; for more information speak to your elder’s doctor.
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