The bathroom is the most dangerous room in a house due to tight spacing, throw rugs that cause one to slip, and getting oneself up/down or in/out of the commode and shower, Medical Supply or Adaptive Aids company can help to reduce the risk of accidents in the home while increasing the quality of life.
Many senior centers and non profits give safety classes around the USA, as well as provide a consult with your family. Often, a checklists will be provided on what to look for in a home.
Schedule a free home assessment and receive a report of “next steps” to make your loved ones home is a safer place. Often, Medicare or Medicaid will pay for the cost of adaptive equipment if prescribed by a doctor.
Once your assessment report has been received – you will have a better understanding of where to begin. With the bathroom, consider the following items for safety:
- grab bars, shower seats
- raised toilet seats
- floor to ceiling poles
- special lighting for long hallways and dark or tight corners
- furniture that better accommodates the space
- Make sure the bathroom has the following products available at all times:
- bandages, skin creams, and a wide variety of medical products
- incontinence supplies
- adaptive clothing
Aging in Place contractors and Design/Architects will together to create larger entry ways, walk-in-tubs, easily accessible grab bars, and increased lighting in your bathrooms. Find professionals that have worked in collaboration with each other before.
Before contacting the experts, survey your senior loved ones’ home. This includes:
- Check their ability to get around in their own home.
- Do they walk up/down stairs easily?
- How are they in sitting and standing on their present furniture?
- Are they on special oxygen or other types of equipment?
- If so, is there a power source in place to run it if there is a power failure?
- Experience how they navigate the bathroom? Do they have enough room to move around with a walker or wheelchair?
- What is their ability to dress and shower themselves?
- check to see if they have a good supply of first aid and personal care products.
Consult with a physician to write prescriptions for appropriate items for Medicare reimbursement.
- Is a free consultation provided?
- Will you collaborate with contractors, physicians and others required to successfully complete the project(s)?
- Where are the items purchased? Are they in stock, or will there be delays?
- Provide references.