Following on from my previous blog post on renovating my family bathroom, I’ve been considering just how safe a bathroom actually is. While renovating, I realised there’s a lot of potential dangers lurking in the bathroom; particularly for those with disabilities or the older generation with mobility issues.
So, for those of you who are looking to make your bathroom or wet room a safer place to be, below I’ll be sharing some of the top advice and tips you can follow.
Bathroom Safety Tips
In my previous blog post, I talked about how crucial accessories were in terms of making or breaking the décor of the bathroom. However, what I didn’t mention was how crucial they can be in terms of safety too.
If you’re updating the bathroom for an older relative, or for somebody with mobility issues, accessories such as grab rails are crucial. Ideally, they should be placed by the toilet and by the shower or bathtub. Similarly, rugs or non-slip surfaces are also essential to prevent slips and falls.
It’s also a good idea to ensure frequently used objects are placed within easy reach. So, think about the shower or bath for example. Is the shampoo, soap and other toiletries in easy reach? If not, you’ll want to change that to prevent the risk of injury.
Consider Installing A Wet Room
While it’s certainly possible to make sure the bathroom is safe, you may find it easier and safer to install a wet room. These include open showers and offer plenty of space to move around in. Of course, there’s a lot to think about when installing one, but you can find excellent wet room and general bathroom advice online.
The entire room would need to be waterproofed to ensure the moisture from the open shower doesn’t damage the structure of the room. This will also ensure it doesn’t lead to a risk of slips or falls. If you have the budget, it would be worth installing underfloor heating too. This will enhance the comfort of the room, while also helping to dry it out, preventing potential water damage.
The above is just a small selection of the safety tips you should keep in mind when renovating the bathroom or wet room for elderly or disabled family members. If you are installing mobility aids such as grab rails, be sure to choose a reliable company and have them professionally fitted.