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Improving Bathroom Safety in Your Home

You use the bathroom in your home every day, probably without even thinking about it. But for millions of people, the bathroom represents the risk of falling and sustaining a serious injury. A home's bathroom can be filled with surfaces that become slick when they get wet. For seniors or people with limited mobility, that creates dangerous situations where someone can slip and fall in the bathroom. At Weiner's Home Health Care Center, we are here to make your home's bathroom safer. We can provide you with critical pieces of equipment to improve bathroom safety. Below, we've outlined some frequently asked questions related to bathroom safety, along with a checklist of things to examine in your home. You can browse the bathroom safety products we offer by clicking the button below.

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Bathroom Safety FAQs

Why is Bathroom Safety Important?

Bathrooms are the most dangerous rooms in your house, as they are an extremely small place with lots of hard surfaces and corners. It is important to take bathroom safety precautions by making a few changes and adding a few bathroom safety products to ensure the bathroom is safe and accessible for everyone.  

How can a Bathmat Promote Safety in the Bathroom?

The floor of the shower can be slippery when wet and a non-slip bathmat can make it less slippery and easier to maneuver around the shower or bathtub. Adding a bathmat will reduce the risk of injuries in the shower or bathtub significantly.  

What is a Grab Bar?

A grab bar is a graspable bar that provides additional stability because they help maintain balance when standing. Grab bars can be installed in the tub or shower, close to the toilet or in any other places in the home that they would be beneficial in. If grab bars are placed in correct locations, they can provide support when sitting and standing while using the bathroom. Suction cup grab bars are also a choice. 

Who Would Benefit from Using a Hand Held Shower Head?

A handheld shower head can be beneficial to many people for many reasons. Individuals with limited mobility will benefit greatly from this product as it has an extra-long hose that can be lowered, making it easier to shower effectively and maintain their independence. It can also be helpful for caregivers when assisting with showers.  

What is a Long-Handled Sponge Use For?

Long handled bath sponges are especially beneficial for individuals with disabilities, limited mobility or who have a hard time bending.  A long-handled sponge allows the person using it to easily reach their feet, legs and back without bending. There are options available with a curved handle for even more reach.  

Who can Benefit From Bathroom Safety Products?

Really anyone can benefit from bathroom safety products - the bathroom is a dangerous place and the risk of falls or other injuries is high. Individuals with limited mobility and caregivers can benefit the most from bathroom safety products to make it both safe for the caregiver and the individual.  

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Are you looking to make your bathroom safer? Use this easy checklist to make sure you have thought of everything to promote safety and accessibility in your bathroom! 

Are there grab bars near the sink, bathroom and shower?

If the answer is no, installing grab bars will add stability throughout the room. 

Is the toilet seat so low that it's difficult to sit down or stand up?

If yes, consider adding a raised toilet seat to make using the bathroom easier.  

Ist the bathroom organized?

Avoiding clutter in the bathroom will reduce the risk of tripping over items and injuries happening. Purchasing bathroom organizers and hooks to hang towels on can help with the clutter in the bathroom! 

Is the lighting good?

If the answer is no, installing quality bright lights will be beneficial for the safety of your bathroom. A poorly lit bathroom could lead to falls and injury.

Are the floors slippery?

If yes, adding non-slip bathmats to the bathtub and shower floors will prevent slipping and reduce the risk of injuries. It’s also important to remove any rugs that could bunch up and become a tripping hazard.  

Is the shower safe and accessible?

If not, adding a shower chair or bench will provide extra stability for those with limited mobility. Installing a hand-held shower head will also be beneficial in promoting safety for not only people with limited mobility but also will assist caregivers.  

Is the water too hot or cold?

Test the water temperature to make sure it never gets too hot or cold. Turn down the water heater if the water continuously feels too hot.