Aging in place for seniors means being able to live wherever they choose to and still get the best quality of life in every aspect of their lives for as long as they can. Studies from so many surveys have shown that a lot of seniors desire to stay and live in their own homes for the rest of their lives.
Aging in place requires a lot of planning and as every senior prepares for these changes, it is highly important for them to consider the changes that will happen to them and the impacts this changes will have on their lives.
Seniors experience both Physical and mental changes which include :
- Loss of Vision
- Loss of Hearing
- Loss of Calcium (also known as Osteoporosis )
- Increased risk of illnesses such as Diabetes, Heart disease, Hypertension and arthritis
- Poor Nutrition
We will be discussing more on how these changes occur and affect seniors. Also, looking at the various tips and approach every caregiver needs to know about to make life easier and more meaningful for every senior that comes their way.
Considering all accidents that occur during bathroom use in elderly homes, it’s very important to take action with the installation of bathroom safety measures for our loved ones since it is an high risk area.
Grab rail also known as grab bar is one of the safety measures that prevents fall from slippery floors and bathtubs.They are strategically attached to walls in the tub and shower area to offer a steady brace while getting in and out of the shower or getting up and down from the toilet seat.
There are different types of grab bars needed in specific areas in the bathroom. At least two grab bars are needed in the tub.
Grab bars properly and permanently secured to the walls are much safer than the suction cup bars.
Most come with weight capacity, so please be sure to keep this in mind before installation.
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An important bathroom safety installation that prevents and reduces the risk of fall are Non-slip bath mats. Non-slip bath mats are placed inside and outside of bathroom stalls to help prevent slips and falls by providing traction to the feet when wet.
Fall related injuries can result to head injuries, broken bones,hip fracture injuries and even spinal cord injuries. Non-slip mats not only provide extra security and stability, they also help when :
- Getting in and out of the shower.
- Reaching out for the towel bar and also trying to use the sink.
- Sitting and getting up when using the toilet.
When buying a non-slip mat, it is important to:
- Choose a mat with suction grips at the bottom. The suctions grips will stick to the bathtub and shower stalls preventing it from sliding.
- Measure the tub and choose the mat that mostly covers the length of the tub as well.
Above all, let’s make sure that the bathrooms are well lit.
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