Safety in the bathroom

2015-11-11 06:00
PHOTO: supplied A wide variety of bathroom accessories is geared especially at the elderly market to create a safe and comfortable area.

PHOTO: supplied A wide variety of bathroom accessories is geared especially at the elderly market to create a safe and comfortable area.

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DO you feel safe in your bathroom? Often an elderly person needs to make adjustments to the bathroom in order to avoid slipping.

Today, a wide variety of bathroom accessories are geared especially at the elderly market so as to create a safe and comfortable bathroom.

Start by buying a non-slip mat for next to the bath and a rubber silicone mat for inside the bath or shower.
You might also want to ensure that the entry into the shower is as flat as possible.

Grab rails provide the necessary support, firstly to help getting in and out of the shower or bath and secondly to ensure
that you can pull yourself up inside the shower or bath.

These are specially manufactured rails for the medical and senior market­ and it is crucial to buy a good- quality grab rail.

You need to look for the product’s warranty as well as the SABS approval on the product.

Another option to make your bathroom safer is to install a seat inside the shower, since long periods of standing can be difficult for some elderly people. Shower seats are designed to be non-slip and water resistant.

Ensure that you have taps that have large handles which make it easy to adjust the water flow and temperature.
Ask your bathroom retailer for medical taps or taps made with long, single levers.

A lot of good-quality basin mixers also come with a thermostatic control, ensuring the water temperature can never be too hot, thus
preventing scalding.

In the unlikely event of a fall in your bathroom it is recommended to consider a panic button that is linked to an emergency number.

With all of these bathroom features you will feel comfortable and safe.

— Supplied.

Today, a wide variety of bathroom
accessories are geared especially at the elderly market so as to create a safe and comfortable bathroom

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