The bathroom can be the most dangerous room in the home of an aging adult or differently-abled person. Are there non-slip surfaces? Enough clear floor space for aided mobility? Does your loved one use a cane or a walker? Is the bathroom a safe place for them when using their mobility equipment? Are the bathtub and shower controls reachable, easy to use and require little strength? Where are the grab bars in the bathroom? Are there grab bars near the toilet, shower and tub? Is a shower chair available and convenient? Is there ample space around the toilet?
Narrow entry doors
Lack of turning space
Lack of maneuvering space to side of toilet
Toilet location obstructs bathing fixture
No knee space below sink
No reinforcing in walls for grab bars
Incorporate entire adjacent closet
Incorporate small “bump out” or mini-addition for shower
Relocate plumbing and all fixtures
5’ by 5’ clear floor space in the bathroom
Bathroom size of at least 5’ by 8’
Broadly applied bands of reinforcement inside walls around toilets and bath fixtures for installation of grab bars
Textured grab bars by toilet, bathtub and shower
Offset controls in shower/tub to minimize bending and reaching
48” by 56” toilet space with centerline of toilet 18” from side wall
Hand-held shower head
Curbless shower, with non-slip surface and fold-down seat
Doors that can be unlocked from the outside
A bathroom telephone
Rounded counter edges
Do you have trouble……..
Solutions to Consider
Getting in and out of the bathtub?
Grab bars and tub bars
Dual grip bars
Extra-long non-slip bathtub mats
Sitting down and getting up from tub?
Swivel bath seats
Navigating the entry?
With secure footing?
Grab bars near entry and on walls
Extra space in and around sink and toilet
Remove throw rugs
Standing at the sink?
Getting on and off the toilet?
Raised toilet seats
Replacing toilet tissue on the holder?
Pivoting toilet paper holders
Reaching and effectively using toilet tissue?
Rolling toilet paper holders
Toilet hygiene aids
Reachers and grabbers
Toilet paper holder with grab bars
Reaching and cleaning thoroughly? standing while showering?
Easy grip razors and tooth brushes
Accessing the shower?
With dexterity limitations making grooming tasks difficult?
Hands-free hair dryers
Weighted grips for toothbrushes, razors and hair brushes