5 top tips to keep your bathroom a dementia-friendly space
It doesn't take a great deal of imagination to realise that your bathroom can all too easily become a potential disaster zone when you're dealing with the challenges that dementia throws at you.
Something as simple as forgetting a running tap can lead to expensive flooding disasters, shiny, wet surfaces combined with mobility problems can increase the risk of falls, and reflective surfaces have the potential to cause real confusion and anxiety as the dementia takes hold.
That's why its never too early to start planning a few changes.
Acting now can save a lot of heartache and expense later on. Preparing early gives you chance not only to seek the advice of an Occupational therapist, but also provides an opportunity to adjust to any adaptations before you need them.
So here's our top 5 tips to keep your bathroom safe, helping you stay comfortable in your home for longer.
Remove the lock, and re-hinge the bathroom door to make it open outwards.
Taking the lock off has an obvious impact on privacy, but it can provide peace of mind that should a fall happen, help will be able to gain access. Changing the door so it opens outwards instead of inwards can provide valuable extra space for manoeuvring particularly if space is tight. This can make life much easier and allow for the use of a walking frame or provision of a seat in the bathroom.
AT Dementia's website is an excellent source of information on how technology and assistive aids can help you live well with dementia. They have dedicated sections on "Going to the toilet" and "Washing and Bathing" which provide lots of useful advice which is well worth looking at. Click here to access the website http://asksara.dlf.org.uk/
It's amazing the positive impact just a few changes can make so we hope these ideas have been useful. Good luck with the adaptations you choose to make.