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Handicap bathroom needs for a senior citizen

Updated on August 10, 2013

Handicap bathroom needs for a senior citizen - rule #1: Keep them safe

I'm a pro at handicap bathroom needs for a senior citizen as 1) I have a senior citizen living with me and 2) I have a multitude of bathrooms. I've been my 94 year old Mom's caregiver for 5 years now so I've faced, succumbed to, and, upon occasion, triumphed over her various changing needs in respect to a handicap bathroom.

In this Squidoo lens, I will try to give you an honest assessment of items which work and some that don't. There are honestly some items on the market that I just think create more hazards in a handicap bathroom than the original equipment. Read on for my take on these such items.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Mark Twain

A self lifting toilet seat - Brilliant!

Uplift Technologies, Inc. (n) Uplift Commode Assist - Self Powered Lifting Mechanism
Uplift Technologies, Inc. (n) Uplift Commode Assist - Self Powered Lifting Mechanism

Use this uplift commode assist either over the bathroom toilet or even on a bedside commode. There are 2 reviews on Amazon.com about this bathroom product for the handicapped - both rated this uplift commode assist as 5 stars (the best rating possible).

 

Bathtub transfer bench

I just bought this bathtub transfer bench for my Mom as she can no longer step into or out of the tub. I love that she can sit on it and just scoot over. Works like a charm.

Add a safety rail to the tub to help the elderly get in and out

I normally wouldn't recommend a portable safety handle (I had permanent ones installed when my elderly Mom came to live with me) but this adjustable height clamp on tub safety handle got excellent reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers mentioned that it is incredibly sturdy and a favorite feature is the ability to vary the height depending on need.

Adjustable Height Clamp on Tub RailCHECK PRICE

Handicap bathroom needs for a senior citizen - My absolute favorite toilet seat riser!

I know it sounds strange that I get excited about a toilet seat riser but it's the little things that count around here.

Drive Medical Premium Seat Riser with Removable Arms, Standard Seat
Drive Medical Premium Seat Riser with Removable Arms, Standard Seat

With my very old bathrooms, space is at a premium so I have shelves above the toilet to hold my toiletries and blow drier.

Most toilet seat risers don't allow the use of a toilet lid. I can't tell you how many blow dryers I've been through when they fall in the open toilet. No more! I love, love, love this toilet seat riser as it allows the use of a toilet lid.

It's also an excellent buy on Amazon.com

 

Sh*t happens...

One of the negatives of toilet seat risers is that sh*t happens and it happens to make a mess every once in a while. I use disposable Clorox sheets to clean the toilet seat riser daily but the Scrubbing Bubbles disposable toilet cleaners for cleaning the bottom of the riser. I really like the disposable part and the handle releases the cleaner without you having to touch it. Very nice invention

"We don't buy green bananas." ~

My Mom

(but I think she stole it somewhere)

Bathroom safety bars

I would never ever purchase a bathroom safety bar that was attached with suction cups and don't think they should even be on the market. I don't care how much I'm assured that they're safe, I much prefer to have a permanent installation of a bathroom safety bar. Bathroom safety is just too important to mess with suction cups.

The below bathroom safety handles are all ones that must be permanently attached. When purchasing one, make sure that your senior's hand is able to grasp the diameter - I have thinner bars as Mom has carpel tunnel in both hands and can't grasp large objects. These bars also come in different lengths so make sure you have room if you're purchasing a longer one.

I even have these bathroom safety bars attached to the wall of my hallway where my Mom transfers from her walker to her step climbing chair.

When a shower or bath is impossible to do

Keep some of these personal hygiene items on hand

As Mom aged, it became more difficult to get her into the shower so we took to doing bed baths every day. The disposable washcloths below can be heated in the microwave, and were, by far, the best ones I ever found. I even keep a pack on the boat for freshening up after a dip in the bay.

Comfort Bath Value Size! Personal Cleansing, Ultra-Thick Disposable WashclothsCHECK PRICE

No-Rinse Body Bath for freshening up between baths or showersCHECK PRICE

No-Rinse ShampooCHECK PRICE

No Rinse Shampoo CapCHECK PRICE


Good bathroom reading about... - ...accident rates among the elderly in the bathroom

I found a few interesting articles while researching for this handicap bathroom article. The best are deserving of a click and a read below.

I really like when I feel like my lenses are helpful and I feel that way now. Please leave me comments or ideas on how to strengthen this lens. And, give you favorite senior citizen a special hug - tell him or her "Lori said hi."

I hope you got some useful ideas about handicap bathroom needs for a senior citizen from this lens

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Excellent lens and so many things to think about. We all get to that point.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Great information here

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      We may be moving to a smaller house in a few years. So it's good to know that these fixtures are available. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      Great lens - I'm starting to learn all about these things, like refitting and updating my dad's bathroom.

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      bbathrooms 5 years ago

      Great lens, and thanks for putting the time into researching this topic as it's vital information. I hear too many stories about senior citizens having accidents in the bathroom because the correct equipment isn't installed. I always say saftey comes over cost every time, but as we can see here cost surely shouldn't be too much of an issue as it's not like this equipment is overly expensive.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm wondering if there is such a thing as an adapted toilet paper roller for the elderly or handicapped...sometimes that can be a tough reach so the roll is left on the back of the toilet to fall in or on the counter. Nicely done and good to have all these aids in one place.

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      Mosoma 5 years ago

      Great and informative lens.

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      ruben77 5 years ago

      great lens. this a huge problem for our older community. they would be able to prevent alot of fallining risk if they were educated on this subject. excellent work.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I keep hoping one day to get a walk in tub -I would love to feel the water around me again. Excellent article on handicap aides for the bathroom. You do have one little squid blooper under the heading "Bathroom safety bars" - you have attacked instead of attached (gosh knows though that those darn nasty safety bars can attack if provoked ... lol) Best of wishes as always.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      useful article not just for the seniors but also to those with disabilities. great job.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      This article can help a lot of people helping those with disabilities. Thanks for the great info.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: You read my mind. I'm adding in transfer benches for the shower next.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yep, great ideas here and written from the fingers of experience! My dad used the raised seat and a shower stool.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      These are exactly the kinds of adjustments that enable older folks to stay in their homes and out of nursing homes. Well worth the money.