1. Clear the path to the bathroom and make sure it’s well-lit day and night
- Remove clutter or objects along the path
- Add automatic nightlights or stick-on lights
- Remove any rugs or floor mats. It’s easy to trip or slip on them.
- If the bathroom door has a raised threshold (on the floor), get your older adult in the habit of sidestepping over it – that reduces the chance of tripping.
2. Add grab bars for extra support when sitting and standing
- Toilet safety frames with arms give seniors a helpful guide and support
- Floor to ceiling pole grab bars provide support and can be placed exactly where it’s most helpful, even in awkward spaces
- Wall-mounted grab bars provide secure support when sitting or standing but requires correct positioning and installation to be effective and safe
- Raised toilet seats with arms reduce the effort and distance to sit and stand
- Consider using with moist wipes to for ease, cleanliness, and comfort
- Toilet aid tools make wiping easier, improve hygiene, and protect delicate skin
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