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3 Ways to Modify the Plumbing Fixtures in Your Home for Safer Use by Elderly or Disabled Persons

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If it has recently come to your attention that your mom or dad needs to move in with you due to health challenges, it is important to consider that by modifying your kitchen and bathroom, you can make the home safer and easier for your parent to use. While you are likely to already be familiar with items like a shower chair and grab bars, you may not know how helpful adaptive levers can be as replacements for standard water-control knobs. You may also want to consider installing a walk-in shower and a raised toilet to further improve the safety and comfort you can offer your parent. Therefore, the following information about those adaptive devices will be quite helpful.

#1-Install Levers on the Faucets

It will first be necessary to determine what type of adaptive lever would be the right choice for your parent. One option simply extends the actual handle so that it is easier to manipulate the flow of water.

Another popular choice will be useful if you expect visual problems to occur now or in the future. The option to clearly indicate whether the faucet releases hot or cold water can help to prevent injuries, as will the presence of a thermometer that clearly indicates the temperature of the water being released or that has already accrued in the tub.

#2-Consider a Walk-in Shower

A walk-in shower can be an ideal choice for anyone who is confined to a wheelchair or who suffers from mobility or balance issues. Since some units have enough space to allow a wheelchair to enter, your mom or dad could find that the use of a walk or roll-in shower provides more independence and safety while bathing than a standard tub.

Even if your parent does not currently have any mobility issues, a walk-in shower eliminates the risk associated with stepping over a wet wall of a bathtub and is therefore a good idea for everyone. In addition, it is important to note that you can choose a left- or right-hand shower for easier use. In this context, a left- or right-hand shower refers to the direction that the door opens and closes, and having the type you need can make planning for bathing easier.

#3-Provide a Raised Toilet

Although it is a good idea to provide grip bars throughout the home, their use in the bathroom is only the first step to improving your parent's safety in that room. Since recent statistics report that more than 33% of senior citizens over the age of 65 will fall at least once a year, and 80% of those injuries will occur in the bathroom, it is important to raise the toilet to a more manageable height.

You can do so by either replacing your current toilet with a taller unit or by using a riser that sits securely on your existing commode to reduce the distance your loved one will need to navigate.

In conclusion, there are a variety of modifications that you can make to your home for an ill or disabled parent. As a result, it is a good idea to consider the information provided above when you are making plans for the future. 

Talk to a plumber for more information about installing particular features.