As the year draws to a close, we celebrate a New Year coming.
The passing of time is both exciting and daunting, as every year brings new challenges to be faced.
To some of our loved ones, those challenges may include maneuvering around their own home.
Aging or disabled family and friends are at risk in bathrooms created without them in mind.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released research stating that 235,000 people suffer from bathroom-related injuries, with the majority of those people being seniors over the age of 65.
Plumbing should be accessible for everyone, improving quality and comfort in one’s own living space.
The coming year should be one to look forward to, by everyone you love.
Give the gift of accessibility this year. Linthicum Plumbers have the tools and resources to improve plumbing safety and functionality, providing comfort to the Annapolis community.
7 Ways to Improve Bathroom Accessibility and Safety
There are many projects that can be done to a home to increase access and maneuverability. Beginning in the bathroom, an area of comfort and rest.
There are several ways to aid your family member in making them independent in the bathroom.
1. Install a Lever Operated or Hands-Free Faucet-
Twisting and turning can often be difficult for seniors or arthritic hands. Getting rid of compression-style handles and switching them out for levers will make a difference. Replace turning knobs on sinks and in showers, making access to water easier.
Replacing the entire faucet may be costly, but offers more options. Sensor activated faucets are handles free and hands free. Eliminating the problem of physical strain, these options make showering much more comfortable!
2. Shower With a Removable Head
A shower head that can be detached and move around creates a safe space in the shower. Bathing becomes easier when the water is in the palm of ones hand. It reduces the need for standing, allowing those unable to stand sit on a seat in the shower.
Caregivers are able to give more thorough help in the shower when given better access to the head. A maneuverable showerhead alleviates a lot of strain placed on bathing, making it an easier and comfortable task.
3. Curbless and Walk In Shower
Curbs and tubs make it hard for anyone to step over. A shower with no curb would make it easier to transition from a wheelchair into the shower seat.
For those with limited physical ability, removing any unnecessary movements in their daily routine should be a priority.
Any curb or bathtub is a hazard for those with limited mobility.
Having a walk in shower allows access to those who need more room to maneuver and for caregivers to provide more aid in the shower. Eliminating curtains and doors removes unnecessary hazards.
4. Raise the Sink and Toilet Height
Bending and sitting does not come easily to some. Standard heights are unsuitable for those who sustain physical pain or are unable to use those fixtures.
Elevating these home installments could make a big difference to someone you love.
There are several options, one being a simple solution. A thicker toilet seat cover could raise the seat by as much as three inches, making it easier to access.
Replacing the actual toilet would need a professional plumber, but would provide a more permanent and comfortable solution. Some toilets are now manufactured to provide “Comfort Height” with seniors and disabilities in minds.
Elevating the sink or mounting the faucet on the wall will provide quicker and safer access to water, taking away the need for any bending strain.
5. Choose ADA Compliant Fixtures
For a person with arthritis or a motor disability; handling faucets could be putting them at risk.
Finding ADA Compliant fixtures (American with Disabilities Act) will ensure comfort and accessibility in the bathroom.
6. Add a Hose Near the Toilet
This may not be one of the first things people think when speaking about accessibility in the bathroom.
Creating opportunities in the bathroom aid in giving individuals independence or making a space in which a caregiver can provide the most effective care.
A hose attachment near the toilet will provide greater assistance with hygiene and independent mobility.
A professional Plumber will know how to properly install the hose to be providing clean water effectively.
7. Install Grab Bars and Rails
An easy-to-install and cost-effective gift this year will start off the new year with a safer and more elderly-friendly bathroom.
Install several grab bars in each bathroom to help your loved one and the caregiver.
A bar in the shower, near the bathtub and by the toilet will aid in accessing the fixtures in the room.
Everyone should feel comfortable and independent in their own homes.
Making water and hygiene accessible may be a great gift this season.
Let Linthicum Plumbers help start off your New Year with accessible plumbing.