When you have a parent who is elderly and needs assistance with their daily living tasks and would like support and companionship, you may find yourself with a new resident moving into your home. However, your home may not be ready to accommodate the needs of your elderly parent without some changes and alterations, particularly to your guest bathroom. The most potentially dangerous room in the house for an elderly person with mobility issues is the bathroom. As such, get to know some of the ways that you can get your guest room ready for your elderly parent so that they are safe and secure in your home from the first day they are in your home.
Get A New, Higher Toilet
Most standard toilets are relatively low to the ground when it comes to the height of the seat. This can prove difficult for an elderly person to deal with. Their muscles and bones are weaker than they once were, and any mobility issues like arthritis can make it difficult to sit down so low and even more so to stand up from such a seated position.
To help with this issue, you can replace your standard toilet with an elevated one. The elevated toilet will stand higher than a standard one, and you can even have a taller raised seat installed on top of that to make it so your elderly parent does not even need to bend down to sit and use the restroom.
To make this even safer, you can place sturdy handrails on either side of the toilet. This will give your elderly parent the additional support that they need to sit and stand safely.
Make Alterations To Your Bathtub And Shower
Bathing can be another troublesome task for your elderly parent in the bathroom. This can be especially true if you have a standard tub/shower combo. The step up into the bathtub can be a struggle and the step down out of the shower when the surface of the tub and your parent's feet are wet can be even worse.
To fix this you will want to either alter or replace your tub/shower combination. A walk-in shower is a perfect solution to such a problem. This will eliminate the large step up making showering safer for your elderly parent.
However, if they are having difficulty standing for prolonged periods of time and need to take a bath instead of a shower, you can also purchase bathtubs that have a door on the side that opens to make it a walk-in bathtub. These bathtubs also have raised seats so that your elderly parent will be seated much like they would be in a chair, making standing up after bathing much easier.
Now that you have a few ideas of how to remodel your guest bathroom to make it safer for your elderly parent, you can head to the plumbing supply store and get started in the remodeling process. Your parent will appreciate the effort you put in and will feel more welcome and secure in the process.
Visit a plumbing supply store like Kelly's Pipe & Supply Company today for more options.