Many accidents happen in bathrooms, so check the safety of the bathroom that you will use for home care. Best safety improvements are:
* Shower chair
* An open-plan or walk-in shower stall with a low curb
* Nonskid flooring
* Grab bars
BATHROOM SAFETY TIPS:
* Cover all sharp edges with rubber cushioning
* Install medicine cabinet lighting, so mistakes area not made when taking medicine
* Remove locks on bathroom doors
* Use nonskid safety strips or a nonslip bath mat in the tub or shower
* Put a grab bar (instead of a towel bar) on the edge of the vanity.
* Remove glass shower doors, and replace them with unbreakable plastic or shower curtains
* Install ground-fault interrupter (GFI) electrical outlets and use only electrical appliances with a GFI feature
* Set the hot water thermostat BELOW 120 degrees
* Use faucets that mix hot and cold water, or paint hot water knobs red
* Insulate (cover) hot water pipes to prevent burns
* Install toilet guard rails, or provide a portable toilet seat with built-in rails.
Some items that make the bathroom safer and more comfortable for those in your care can add a touch of pure luxury, such as overhead heat lamps, and heated towel racks.