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6 Ways to Make Your Loved One’s Bathroom Safer

Elderly Care in Aventura FL

Bathroom safety is incredibly important for your elderly loved one. If you’re not sure where to start with updating your loved one’s bathroom, here are some ideas that can make the room one of Elderly-Care-in-Aventura-FLthe safest in the house.

Install Hand Rails

The best places for hand rails are in the shower, around the toilet, and anywhere else that there is enough wall space. Hand rails give your loved one something solid to grab in case she loses her balance or simply needs a little extra support as she moves through the room. Make sure that you install them properly with anchors so that they offer plenty of solid support.

Use Slip-resistant Rugs

Throw rugs are common choices for bathrooms because they’re easy to care for, but they can also be dangerous if you hit them the wrong way. To prevent that, choose rugs that have slip-resistant backings on them. You can still wash them, but they won’t present a hazard in the bathroom.

Install a Soap Dispenser

Soap dispensers are a great way to make sure that your loved one has easy access to liquid soap, shampoo, or conditioner, but she doesn’t have to mess with bottles or worry about dropping bars of soap in the shower. Make sure that you check on the levels at least once a week so that you can top up the dispensers as needed.

Use a Transfer Bench

A transfer bench is a bathroom tool that helps your loved one to get into and out of the tub more easily. Sometimes loved ones are concerned about using these because they can take up a good bit of space in the bathroom. Many do fold up, however, making them more compact when they aren’t in use.

Replace Glass Doors

Glass doors can be a hazard in the bathroom, especially if your loved one has balance issues. Replace them with shatter-resistant materials instead of glass. That way the bathroom is safer, but it still retains the same overall look and feel.

Add Night Lights

Night lights are an excellent tool, even during the day. They can help your loved one to see well enough to avoid obstacles without having to search out the light switch. Try using LED bulbs that use less electricity.

Try asking your loved one’s elderly care providers about any additional safety measures that you can add to your loved one’s bathroom.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Aventura, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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