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Modifying Your Bathroom to Make It Safer

by Valerie Stevens

As you age, certain daily tasks that you used to do all the time without issue can suddenly pose a health hazard. Your bathroom can become one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, and can make it difficult for you to perform normal hygiene. You may worry about slipping or being unable to get in and out of your bathtub without losing balance. In fact, about 640 people are injured due to bathroom injuries every day. There are ways you can make your bathroom safer so you can confidently remain independent in your home as you age. Here are a few ways you can modify your bathroom to make it a safer place for you to be.

Upgrade your shower curtain

Vinyl shower curtains are popular, but they can be dangerous in the event of a fall. The slippery nature of these curtains can actually make a slip even worse. When you grab onto a vinyl curtain to support yourself, your hands can slide right down the slippery material instead of supporting you. Upgrading to waterproof cloth curtains can help give you the grip you need as you use your shower curtain to get in and out of the bath tub.

While you are upgrading your shower curtain, you should upgrade to slip-proof shower and bath mats as well. These mats stay in place and have a textured surface to prevent slipping when you step on them.

Upgrade your tub

A walk-in tub can be installed in just a few days and allows you to shower and bathe with ease. A walk-in tub has a door that you open to walk straight into your bathtub so you don't have to step over any rims.This type of tub is an excellent choice if you suffer from leg weakness or arthritis or if you have recently injured your hip. Be sure your walk-in tub install will also include hand rails and bars as well as a built-in bench for sitting down for safer showers. Find a provider of walk-in tubs at websites like http://www.twincitystairlifts.com.

Raise your toilet seat

You can buy a raised toilet seat with handrails to allow you to go to the restroom with ease. A raised toilet seat can be cushioned or a solid design to give you ample support. Raised toilet seats help you keep your balance as you sit down and can help ease pressure on your hip and knee joints. Your local medical supply store can help you choose a raised toilet seat that will fit your needs and budget.

Your bathroom can become more dangerous as you age. By making modifications now, such as upgrading your shower curtains, installing handrails, and getting a walk-in tub, you can enjoy independent living while worrying less about slipping and falling in your bathroom. 

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