How To Create A Bathroom Fit For Your Aging Parent

Nothing can be quite as hard as seeing your parents age. Whether you are considering having your parents stay in their existing home or you are wanting them to move into your home, it's important to make sure that they have everything they need. While they used to be able to use a traditional shower and toilet, aging can make those things a lot more difficult. To help them stay self-sufficient and be able to shower on their own, there are a few changes that you can make to an existing bathroom. 

Walk-In Tub

Whether your parent has had to have hip replacement surgery or they just have bad arthritis, getting into the bathtub can be a slip and fall risk. Luckily, with something like a walk-in tub, they will be able to get into the bathtub all on their own without any additional help. These bathtubs come with a little door on the side of the bathtub so they can just walk right in, close the door, and then fill the bathtub up like normal. Just make sure they know to drain the bathtub before they try to get out so that it doesn't flood the bathroom. 

Safety Rail for Toilet

If your parent has a hard time getting up and down when they are sitting, then getting on and off the toilet may not be simple for them. With a safety rail that's designed for toilets, it will give them the support that they need so they can hold onto the handles when they are trying to get up from the restroom. Just make sure that the rail is securely in place so that it doesn't slip when they are trying to stand up and get off of the toilet. 

lower Sink

If your parent is short or if they are going to be in a wheelchair sometime soon, then you should consider having their bathroom sink lowered. There are bathroom sinks that are designed specifically for aging individuals or individuals in wheelchairs so that they can wash their hands without straining themselves. Also, these vanities will typically come with an opening in between the cabinets to fit their wheelchair comfortably. 

The last thing that you want is for your aging parent to get injured when they are trying to do something as simple as take a bath, use the restroom, or wash their hands. To help keep them as safe as possible, keep these tips in mind. To learn more about walk-in tubs, consult a resource in your area.