How a Bidet Can Enhance Bathroom Safety for Seniors
Many people take the ability to make a quick run to the bathroom for granted. For those of us with injuries, pain, or medical issues, a simple stop in the restroom can be not only a challenge but a risk. Seniors and their loved ones are always looking for ways to maintain their independence and much of that focus is place on the bathroom.
Most people use the bathroom roughly seven times per day. By using all the tools available, individuals can reduce the pain, inconvenience, and risk associated with every one of those visits.
Some basic elements to introduce to a senior or person with mobility challenges include:
- Non-slip mats for the shower
- Grab bars for next to the toilet and in the shower
- Handheld shower head
- Improved lighting
- Adapted shelves to reduce the need for reaching or overextending
Bidets for Seniors Can Increase Bathroom Safety
Using a bidet attachment or a bidet seat is another useful tool for families and in-home care providers to keep seniors safe. Installing a bidet for elderly family members reduces the need for them to bend or twist to wipe. It also provides a better clean to reduce the risk of infection or irritation in what is often a sensitive area. Using a bidet attachment or bidet seat can be a useful tool to enhance bathroom safety and maintain senior independence.
Using a bidet offers some other benefits, too. By reducing or even eliminating the need for toilet paper, it removes the need for a senior to carry toilet paper packages around when they run out. Removing the toilet paper holder may even help make room near the toilet for a grab bar, providing a source of support when standing or sitting.
Bathroom Safety Risks for the Elderly
According to the National Institute on Aging, more than one-third of adults over the age of 65 suffer a fall each year. One in five falls results in a serious injury for a senior, with more than three million older people seeking emergency care after a fall. Those injuries range from heavy bruising to fractures or even head trauma. Even seniors who are cared for quickly after a fall can face long-term challenges. Seniors who fall and break a hip have a 25% chance of dying within the next six months.
Stay Safe in the Bathroom and Preserve Senior Independence
Seniors and caregivers don’t have to navigate bathroom safety alone. In addition to consulting resources like STEADI from the CDC, we’ll work with customers to not only confirm bidet seat or bidet attachment compatibility, but we will also walk caregivers through the bidet installation process step-by-step. We can even help you talk to your loved one about any concerns they may have about using a bidet. Contact us with any questions about the benefits of a bidet for seniors, and let us be a part of keeping your loved one safe.
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