How can I make my accessible bathroom safer?

Here are some tips for making your accessible bathroom safer:
  • Install lighting that provides good visibility when using the sink, toilet, and tub or shower. Water-tight lighting fixtures for inside shower areas are available at home improvement stores. Don’t forget a nightlight so that you can find your way to the bathroom in the dark.
  • Add additional electrical outlets to accommodate today’s technology and future medical devices; make sure they are water and shock resistant. Unplug electrical devices when not in use and never use electrical devices near a filled sink or tub.
  • To prevent falls, use a rubberized nonslip bath mat inside and outside the tub. Place a contrasting-colored textured mat inside the tub that will give you a clue to the depth. Make sure any rugs or mats outside the tub are nonslip and contrast with the floor.
  • Sit down while bathing or showering. If lifting your leg over the side of the tub is an issue, look for a bath seat that is long enough to put two legs in the tub and two outside so that you can sit down on the seat outside the tub and slide yourself into the bathing area. Make sure the seat legs are adjustable to allow for differences in height between the floor and the bottom of the tub.
  • Wear a waterproof emergency alert. Most accidents in the home occur in the bathroom. Be prepared should you slip and fall by wearing a personal alert pendant. Companies like Guardian and Lifeline provide these services. If you have a security system, they may also provide a wearable pendant as a bonus. Not all companies offer waterproof pendants so be sure to ask if you can take the pendant into the tub or shower with you.
  • The FreedomAlert is a programmable, two-way voice communication pendant that lets you contact up to four relatives, neighbors, or friends, or 911, at the touch of a button. Unlike services, there are no contracts or monthly fees.
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