7 Tips to Adapt your Bathroom as you Age

Post by Will Hemner

No matter how young at heart we may feel, the sad fact of life is that our bodies begin to wear out with age.  While slipping on a bathroom floor when we were younger may have resulted in a nasty bruise, now it could result in broken or even fractured bones.  There are thousands of accidents that occur in the home every year in the UK, so it is a good idea to do what we can to try to prevent injuring ourselves.

Here are some practical and affordable tips to adapt your bathroom with safety in mind:

1)     Non-slip bath mats:  whether you have a shower over the bath or a stand-alone shower, it makes practical sense to consider non–slip inner bath mats, both in the shower and in the bath.  Using shower gel and soap makes everything slippery and, therefore, is an accident waiting to happen.  Technology in bath mats has moved on apace over recent years and you can now buy anti-microbial varieties, not to mention much more attractive designs.

2)     Bath mats for the bathroom floor: stepping out of the shower or bath you should always step onto a bath mat which helps to dry the bottom of your feet.  Stepping out onto a tiled floor makes it easy to slip and fall. You should look for those with strong rubber undersides, so they can grip the bathroom tiles better.

3)     Bathroom storage units: keeping things in units is a great way to keep both them and you out of harm’s way, particularly when it comes to glass bottles which can smash on tiled floors.  The bathroom will look neat and tidy and with the huge range of bathroom units available today, you can choose from a wide selection that perfectly co-ordinates with the colors of your bathroom suite or its general style.

4)     Bathroom baskets: for those items that you need close to hand, such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and soap, bathroom baskets are ideal. They keep everything in place, preventing bottles or soaps being knocked onto the floor.  Available as wall attachments, or for standing on units or shelves, they are both practical and attractive.

5)     Safety bars: fitting safety bars in showers is a great way to prevent a fall, since you have something to hang onto, but make sure that they are able to fully support your weight. If your shower is a wet room and fully tiled, there are temporary safety bars that have powerful suction pads, which can be easily applied or removed.

6)     Adjust your commode height: Given that as you age it becomes harder to stoop and bend, you should ensure that the commode in your toilet is at an optimal height. If that is not the cases, this is easily fixed: you can either fit on an adjustable seat, or ask your plumber to install a newer model according to your specifications.

7)      Don’t lock the door: This is a grave mistake a lot of people make. If you were to have an accident or even slip in your bathroom, due to locking the door it would be difficult for help to get through. Before you use the bathroom, notify people that you are in there, and don’t lock the door, so if anything does happen, your loved ones will be able to help you faster

These are just some of the measures you can take to ensure your bathroom is safe and manageable, not just for you but also for others: no matter what age they are.

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Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.