The bathroom can be a dangerous room for any senior.
If your elderly loved one is living with Parkinson’s disease, however, they are likely to experience symptoms and challenges that can make it even more hazardous.
As their family caregiver, it is important to take steps to effectively reduce dangers and make the bathroom a safer and more accessible place for your parents. This will not only reduce the chances that they will experience a potentially serious injury but can also boost their independence and improve their quality of life as they age in place.
Use these tips to help you create a safer, more accessible bathroom for an elderly adult who is living with Parkinson’s disease:
-Install grab bars throughout the bathroom. These should be strong enough to withstand your parent’s weight and be positioned at regular intervals throughout the room so that your parent can use them for support no matter where they are, including in the bathtub or shower.
-Remove items such as towel racks and soap dishes that your parent might reach out for. These are not strong enough to hold your parent and can break, increasing the chances of serious injury.
-Add a shower mat or textured stickers to the bottom of the shower or bathtub to provide traction. If these are not available, a wet towel can reduce the slipperiness of the surface.
-Install an elevated toilet to reduce the distance that your parent must have to sit down and stand up.
-Position toilet paper so that is within easy proximity of the toilet and your parent does not have to reach for it.
-If space allows, consider adding a bench or chair to the bathroom so that your parent is able to sit down while they are doing tasks such as brushing their teeth, brushing their hair, doing their makeup, or shaving.
How can home care help?
If your aging parent has developed new challenges and limitations, your own schedule or abilities have changed and you can no longer give them the care that they need, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the time to consider elderly care.
And elderly home care services provider can tailor a set of highly personalized services specifically to your parents as an individual. This means that they can give them the type of care, assistance, and support that they need to manage their challenges and limitations while also supporting a lifestyle that is as active, independent, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.
Through these services, your senior can remain happier, safer, and healthier while you have more time, energy, and flexibility to manage the other needs in your life. This can be particularly beneficial if you are part of the sandwich generation caring for your aging parent as well as your children, or if your parent’s challenges are more extensive than you feel capable of managing comfortably and successfully.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Palm Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Happy at Home Care today. Always available at (561) 275-1735 or firstname.lastname@example.org.