By Kate Shuman, Staff Writer
- Bath/Shower use a non-slip mat
on its floor. Keep bathing products close to where
they are used, and make sure they are in
easy-to-handle containers. Install support bars for
gripping. For the tub, use a plug with a chain
attached in order to safely unplug it. Fill the tub
only half full, and use a thermostat-controlled tap.
Consider using a bath/shower chair or a bath lift.
- Personal care corner if you
have room to do so, create an area in the bathroom
thatís specifically for your loved one where they
can sit down for personal activities. If the
bathroom isnít big enough for this, try to place a
comfortable chair that will fit at the bathroom
counter just long enough for them to get ready with
a bit more ease and remove when no longer needed.
- Toothbrush get one with an enlarged handle for
easy gripping, or consider purchasing an electric
- Hairbrush use brushes and combs with long
Hairdryer and other electronic devices used for
personal care - leave these permanently plugged in
to avoid problems with taking the plugs in and out
of a socket. Whenever possible, try and use cordless
- Medicine Cabinet if thereís room, try and
place it at eye level; otherwise, make arrangements
to store medications and other toiletries that are
needed with regularity in an easy-to-reach
- Nail care always use nail clippers instead of
- Floor use bathroom mats that have a non-skid
- Sink/tub/shower Install an individual tap for
hot and cold; consider getting a thermostatic mixer
tap for all water fixtures.
- Toilet make sure it has a seat that raises the
height of the toilet, and install support bars
around the area.
- Toilet paper dispenser use one that stays
firmly attached to the wall and is in easy reach.
- Door privacy; make sure that it can be easily
unlocked from outside if needed, as well as using a
lock thatís easy for the person on the inside.