Everyone knows that the bathroom is the most dangerous room in your house when you are elderly. Although we focus primarily on walk in tub solutions, we’d like to share with you some additional options that may be available to you to help make your bathroom safer outside the tub itself.
Designed primarily for people who are bed-ridden and rely heavily on hospice care, the bedside commode provides a person the ability to use the bathroom while minimizing the amount of movement necessary to get from the bed to the toilet.
A transfer bench, (also known as a showering bench, shower bench, or transfer chair) is a bath safety mobility device which the user sits on to get into a bathtub. The user usually sits on the bench, which straddles the side of the tub, and gradually slides from the outside to the inside of the tub. Tub transfer benches are used by people who have trouble getting over the tub wall or into the shower, either because of illness or disability.
You can also invest in a shower chair. These chairs are not damaged by water, are sometimes on wheels, and are primarily used as a disability aid in a shower. It’s waterproof and dries quickly. This is perfect for someone who can’t stand for extended periods of times and lives with someone who doesn’t need assistance in the shower as it can be put in, and taken out of the shower as necessary.
The Raised Toilet Seat Riser can easily be installed on top of your toilet bowl. The advantage of this device is that it provides the additional height of 4.25″, decreasing the distance you have to sit down or stand up.
Grab bars are safety devices designed to enable a person to maintain balance, lessen fatigue while standing, hold some of their weight while maneuvering, or have something to grab onto in case of a slip or fall. A caregiver may use a grab bar to assist with transferring a patient from one place to another. A worker may use a grab bar to hold on to as he or she climbs, or in case of a fall.
Rolling shower commode wheelchairs allow users greater independence in hygiene and many enable the user to self propel into handicap accessible bathrooms. Most all the rolling shower bath chairs roll over the top of the toilet allowing for more efficient and convenient bowel care programs.
If you are interested in any of these products, we recommend you check out our friends at American Medical Equipment. Founded in 1996, AME is committed to providing the highest quality service to those who need help maintaining independence and quality of life at home. Like Expert Home Safety, they believe in the value of consumer participation and respect the patient’s and the family’s right to make decisions and choices that affect their present and future health status.