The slippery surfaces of a bathroom put everyone at risks for injures, but especially the elderly. To keep your older loved ones safe, make sure the bathroom is easily accessible, so they can enter and exit safely, particularly at night. Remove locks so that the bathroom can be entered during an emergency. the floors should be made of non-slip materials. Raise the toilet so that it is easier for an older person to get on and off it. Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower or tub.
- First, make sure that the path to the bathroom is free of tripping hazards, and that it is adequately lit at night.
- Bathroom doors for elderly people should be wide, open without difficulty, and preferably should not lock.
- Use flooring materials like textured ceramic to reduce the hazard of slipping or lay down mats to walk on.
“So, when designing the home of your ageing parents or loved ones, think of ways to reduce the risk of accidents and to decrease response time in the event of a fall.”