Independence is important to us all, especially when using the bathroom, but using the bathroom independently can be a challenge when you’ve got a disability. Making some small changes to your bathroom can make it easier and safer for you or your loved one to be independent. Let’s look at some bathroom safety equipment that can make your bathroom safer, and your life simpler.
Most accidents that occur in the bathroom involve the shower or tub. If you or your loved one have limited mobility, the shower can be especially challenging. Fortunately there are lots of options for making the shower safer and more accessible. Having a shower bench or seat can make showering much easier for those who struggle to remain standing during their shower. Shower benches and seats are made to hold up to the constant moisture found in the shower, and generally have handles on the sides of them to add in fall prevention. Additionally, shower seats have non slip feet, to prevent any movement when getting in and out of the chair. Another great safety feature available for showers is a hand held shower head, so showering is easy remaining in a seated position.
Toilets can pose a challenge for some with limited mobility, often because of their height. Raised toilets are available to make your bathroom more accessible to you. A raised toilet is easier for many people to get on and off themselves, and additionally handrails installed on the walls surrounding the toilet can be added for increased safety. If the toilet is an issue in your bathroom, raised toilets are available to be purchased, as well as riser kits, and clamp on riser seats.
General Safety and Accessibility
While safety is of utmost importance, there are also some changes that can be made to make using the bathroom easier for those with limited mobility. If you or your loved one is in a wheelchair, for example, adjusting the vanity counter height may be a good decision. Raising the counters to a height that allows the wheelchair to fit under it will allow you or your loved one to utilize the sink easier. Another change that can be made to your bathroom is installing a shower with an edge flush to the floor, so that wheelchairs can roll in and out easily. At Freedom Mobility your safety and independence are our top priorities. We have many products available to make your bathroom and your home more manageable. If you are in need of some home adjustments for yourself or your loved one, give us a call today, or visit our Maryland mobility store!