The Top Items to Transform your Bathroom into a Safe Environment

For those who have lost their sense of balance or are just not as steady on their feet as they used to  be there are a number of items out there that are vital and essential. One of the biggest problems that arise when people lose their sense of a secure footing is not the possibility of falling, but rather the fear that comes with it. People often get themselves a Rollator (Rolling walker) for outdoors and feel better about their outdoor safety but often overlook their own home. It is a horrible sense to not feel secure in one’s own home and one of the most dangerous places to be ignorant about is the bathroom.

So many customers know about many products out there and still chose not to get them out of being frugal or out of ignorance and leave themselves open to potentially dangerous situations. There are so many products out there that can turn ones bathroom into your own safe environment again that restore a sense of independence and so much more, if one is afraid of the price, space, installation or anything else one has but to ask and there is a solution.

First place first the Shower / Tub

One must get a bathmat, in fact this is a great product for anyone or everyone, and sometimes the simple solutions really are the best. If one would like to save money and not get the whole mat there is also the option of buying bath treads  which are not as a complete coverage as a bathmat but it is a much more economical option it is a mere fraction of the price and fits all sizes baths or showers (no need to ever cut it to fit).

One should also know the layout of his or her bathroom and know that there are a lot of possibilities, if one would like a bar to help them in / out of the shower one must consider where they would like it, do they want it installed, what style do they want and what price they would like to pay.There is the basic tub grab bar which allows one to step in and out of the bathtub with ease and requires no tool or anything to install it simply adheres to the wall by pressure and can be removed at any time or a suction base bar for the tub which is a better option then the tub grab bar  if the shower door might interfere with it closing.

There are bars for inside the shower (Chrome Grab Bar) that can be installed (a more secure bar) but they must be drilled into the wall and it must be done professionally especially if the walls are lined with tiles. There are also suction cup grab bars that require no installation and can be removed at any time. The one downside is the wall you are putting it on has small tiles it becomes hard to get a good suction due to the cracks running up and down the walls where you would like to place it. But one must realize there are all different styles and lengths to this bars so look at all the styles that best suits your taste, space and budget.

The shower head is also a product one can look into, if one has limited mobility a shower head with a hose might better suit your needs.

If one needs a shower chair / stool due to limited mobility or a real larger loss of balance there are so many options out there from fashionable and comfortable to economical. There are beautiful wooden benches that make one’s home look like a spa to large shower chair, benches, and transfer chairs, products with backs to no backs. For those who are pressed with space there are small stools there is even a folding shower chair great for a bathroom that hos other people using it. One must take into account of the space of the shower / bath and the use you would like to get out of it. If one simple need something small to sit on then a simple stool is enough is one needs assistance getting in and out with good support then perhaps a transfer bench along with backrests and armrest, the point is one must look at the options that best suits your needs and then make the purchase don’t be haste and purchase the first one you see.

This is but only some of the products available for the shower / tub .

The other thing is the Toilet

When it comes to the toilet one must take into account what one is shopping for along with the dexterity and the mobility of the person along with the space of the bathroom. Meaning some people might not need anything they may just need for the shower due to the slippery surfaces or poor visibility and that is it. If the reason is that one is not that stable then one must consider what will be a good aid for that person when it comes to the toilet. If one just needs the toilet to be a few inches higher   will be enough to make that person be more secure when he sits and stands up then a simple elevated toilet seat is enough. If the bathroom is to be used regularly and one wishes to have the convenience of it not always being there one can pursue the hinged elevated toiled seat (also available in elongated) . If one needs more supports one can look into using also a toilet saftey frame in conjunction with the elevated toilet seat or on its own.

One must also think of the possibility of commodes for those who may be in extremely limited mobility. They come in bariatric to lightweight, drop arm and so much more. Commodes can be used in conjunction with the regular toilet or can be used on its own(in the bedroom or on a different floor i.e. there is no bathroom on the first floor) . There are so many options depending on price, space, weight capacity and comfort. The all in one aluminium commode is one of the best all around options, it is only $35.95 and it has phenomenal features it can be used over the toilet at a elevated toilet / safety frame, it has a removable backrest and it is lightweight and will not rust. If one needs heavier duty one can go with a bariatric commode, or the extra wide elevated toilet seat with steel legs ( can hold up to 600 lbs).

The point is always ask and research before you buy, know that there is a lot more options out there then one would think .