Bathroom Safety Aids

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Types of Bathroom Safety Aids

  • Grab Bars and Safety Rails - Simple rod like structures, grab bars are one of the simplest safety devices one can install in the bathroom. They are efficient and come in a variety of options. Grab rails are connected bars that help in easy movement around the bathroom. One of the most common safety rails are bathtub safety rails that can easily clamp on to the side of the bathtub and provide assistance while getting in or out of the bathtub 

  • Raised Toilet Seats - Specially designed for people who have hip or pelvic conditions, these seats are easy to get on and off. They raised height eliminates the need to bend down hence preventing any stress on the lower body and abdomen 

  • Commodes - Equipped with all the basic functions, these specially built commodes have an extra touch of technology to them, to help you out with all the important things such as comfort, ease, durability, etc. They have a lot of different features and are a boon to not only people with medical conditions but other people also 

  • Transfer Benches - Transfer benches are made in a way, that a person can easily move from outside the bath basin or tub without having to get up. One side of the bench goes into the place where the person wants to move to. Some transfer benches are also equipped with a commode or urinal to make things easier for the user. They are comfortable and durable 

  • Shower Chairs/Benches - Shower chairs or benches are just like normal benches in theory, but there are a lot of features such as extra durability, increased comfort, stability, etc. that makes these chairs different from their parent counterparts 

  • Wall Mounted Shower Benches - Normal shower chairs usually do not come with a backrest and hence those who need a backrest opt for the wall mounted option. They are primarily made of wood and are highly water resistant. They are also a good option if you do not have enough space in the bathroom for a stand alone shower chair. 

  • Rolling Shower Commode Chairs - Equipped with a commode, these wheeled shower chairs are appropriate for people who have a difficulty moving from the bed to the shower or from the commode to the shower. They are comfortable, durable, and safe to use 

  • Shower Gurneys/Stretchers - Shower gurneys are generally used in hospitals and medical institutions where it is difficult for the patient to get up themselves and head to the shower. These stretchers are waterproof, comfortable, and durable 

  • Bath/Commode Transfer Systems - A bath/commode transfer system is a hybrid device created by combining the the transfer chair and the commode chair. These transfer devices are made so that a person can shift from the commode to the bathtub easily. The commode is built in, so the person doesn’t have to get up to go to the commode or the bathtub 

  • Bariatric Bath Safety - Bariatric bath safety equipment has to be specially designed to make sure that it stays put in all conditions. Bariatric bath safety includes bariatric commodes, transfer chairs, shower chairs, etc. It is an appropriate tool for heavy patients as the chances of slipping on inappropriate equipment is more 

  • Bedside Bathing - Bedside bathing aids are made for people who cannot move from the bed very often. This equipment makes it easy for the caregiver to administer a bath to the patient without causing any inconvenience to them. Bedside bathing aids include washcloths, shampoos, inflatable basins and bathtubs, and bathing cloths 

  • Bidet Toilet System - A bidet toilet system looks like a hybrid basin and commode. The main aim of the bidet toilet system is to help wash the genitalia, perineum, inner buttocks, etc. for people who cannot use the commode directly. This system is also available in electronic options 

  • Shower Sprays - Shower sprays are specially designed to be ergonomic and safe for use. They can be attached anywhere in the bathroom and are easy to use. They come with a variety of options such as detachable heads, replaceable heads, etc. 

  • Toilet Seat Cushions - For people suffering from bone conditions or sensitive conditions of the pelvis or the hip, it is difficult to sit on the hard surface of the commode. Toilet seat cushions help in creating a comfortable seating, and also help people suffering from pressure sores 

  • Toilet Aids - Having handy aids while using the toilet is also an important part of bathroom safety. This includes commode pails and lids, paper holders, toilet papers, toilet lines, etc. 

  • Anti-Slip Products - Anti-slip products include the use of bathroom steps and stools that are made to prevent slipping in the bathroom while standing, or while getting in and out of the bathtub

Top Ten Tips for Bathroom Safety

  • Make sure that nothing in the bathroom is soggy, such as rugs, mats, etc. as they are more vulnerable to slippage 

  • You should mop the bathroom floor twice or thrice in a day to ensure that the floor is dry and safe 

  • Never install bathroom safety aids in congested areas, which will make the user struggle to use them 

  • Keep adequate lighting in the bathroom to avoid visibility issues 

  • Check water temperatures always to avoid burns and rashes 

  • Always check the sanitary conditions with aids such as commodes, bidet toilets, commode chairs, transfer chairs, etc as they are likely to get infested 

  • Spray disinfectants around the bathroom at least once in a day to keep the microbes and infections away 

  • Never throw dressings, band aids, sanitary pads in the commode or the toilet system, or it might make it hazardous to use 

  • Use nonslip mats and strips in the bathroom to avoid any chance of slipping and falling 

  • Consult your doctor for further information on what is suitable for you according to your medical condition