The bathroom is one of the least safe places in the house, especially for children, elderly, or disabled people. As if slippery floors weren’t enough of a threat, regular bathtubs, sinks, and even bathroom furniture can be pretty challenging to use for certain family members. Today, we’re going to take a look at 4 simple tricks and items that can make your bathroom safer and more convenient for the whole family.
1. Non-slippery floors
This is probably the first thing you should think of if you have kids who have just started to use the bathroom by themselves, elderly, or disabled family members. It’s actually a pretty useful thing for the whole family, as everyone has experienced that little heart attack of stepping out of the shower onto the slippery tiles at least a couple times in their life. You have a couple options when it comes to getting rid of slippery bathroom floors – get a bathroom rug and place it next to the tub/shower cabin (which is where most slippery floor accidents tend to happen), or change the flooring to something with a textured surface. Or, you could always get an anti-slip rubber bath mat – they’re cheap, quick, and very efficient, despite not looking as great as the other options.
Bathroom handles are an easy and cheap alternative for getting a whole new bathtub (like a walk-in bathtub for elderly or disabled family members.) While the latter is a great investment, it is pretty expensive and not everyone can afford to drop $2k and up on a bathtub right away. What you can do instead is install handes on the walls next to the tub, or in the shower cabin. A pair of handles should not set you back more than $50, but they will definitely help your family members feel safer when showering, or getting in and out of the tub.
3. Night lights
It’s probably safe to say that everyone has bumped their pinky toe into the edge of the vanity or whatnot when going to the toilet late at night in the dark. And while that is just annoying for a couple of seconds for most of us, elderly family members could get seriously injured if they stumble and fall while trying to get to the bathroom in the dark. Kids can be scared to go to the loo in full darkness, and you might wake up to the unpleasant surprise of a wet bed the next day. Get some night lights and save yourself a million troubles for just a couple bucks.
4. Get new fixtures
If you or someone in your family is really struggling with getting in or out of the tub, showering, or going to the toilet, and none of the above seem to help, you might have to look into getting new bathroom fixtures, such as the aforementioned walk-in tubs (great for elderly and wheelchair-bound people), bariatric tubs, toilets with raised seats (again, great for people in wheelchairs), and more. Yes, they are much more expensive than a couple of handles or an anti-slip mat, but it’s all for the safety and well-being of your family.
If you find yourself worrying every time one of your family members use the bathroom, these four tricks should help make the bathroom a safer place.