The bathroom is considered the most dangerous part of the house for many seniors. For those with mobility issues, they can have a difficult time sitting on or standing from the toilet which can lead to accidents. When preparing your home to accommodate senior parents who wish to stay at home, it’s crucial to install toilet safety frames and other bathroom assists to help them use the toilet safely and with ease.
As we age, we become less able to maneuver our bodies especially when certain conditions weaken our joints. Arthritis affecting the knees and hips can make it difficult for seniors to lower themselves on the toilet seat and rise after they use it, as these joints are essential for sitting and standing. And because the act of sitting and standing from the toilet puts seniors in an unbalanced position, they become more susceptible to slipping or falling while using the toilet.
Toilet bars can be installed on the wall near the toilet seat to provide seniors a sturdy handle they can use for support as they sit or stand at the toilet. Alternatively, toilet rails which are installed onto the seat can give your elderly parents something to hold on to so they can use the toilet properly even without the assistance of a caregiver or a family relative.
For greater convenience and safety, toilet safety frames with adjustable handles that rotate back can be installed to allow a greater range of comfortable and secure positions. Closed-foam armrests also enhance safety by providing a more secure grip on the handles.
Another safety concern is the height of the toilet seat. A regular toilet is a bit lower than the normal sitting position. Seniors who no longer have the same lower limb strength as they used to may have a much harder time lifting themselves up even with the help of toilet rails or bars.
Fitting the toilet with an elevated toilet seat helps raise its height by a few inches to reduce bending. Various styles provide different heights, so it’s important to determine how much height is needed before making a purchase. If your parents are tall, you’ll need a higher seat. But if they have different heights, you can have a universal raised toilet installed so the height can easily be adjusted.
For toilet bars, safety frames, and other bathroom assists, look no further than JDCSupplies. We carry products from trusted brands such as Guardian and Medline to help you prepare your bathrooms at home and ensure the safety of your elderly parents. For more information, call us at 1-630-422-7943.