Handicap bathroom needs for a senior citizen
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!
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.
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
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." ~
(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.
Interesting read on fall and statistics of falls in bathrooms among Queenslanders.
- AP Buffalo.edu
This is a good article about bathing and obstacles of such in the elderly.
- CDC.gov website
This page shows a safety equipped bathroom.
- CDC.gov website
This excellent article details falls among senior citizens - their cause and how to prevent them.
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."